Veronica Pierce

Veronica Pierce

Education

Education
Aug 2002 - Jul 2006

Graduate (MS)

Kansas State University

First student in the university to apply for and successfully complete an intensive combined BS/MS program in the college of Arts and Science within four years with successful defense of master thesis publication and scientific publication in peer reviewed journal.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2006 - Apr 2006

Teaching Assistant for General Biochemistry Recitation

Kansas State University

Biochemistry Department

Responsible for review of class materials (BIOCH 522) in the form of short lecture summaries, working out problems step by step, and answering questions during recitation. Office hours to meet individually with students also required. The course had 180 students enrolled.

Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Dolores Takemoto:

http://www.k-state.edu/bchem/department/directory/takemoto/index.html

Jan 2003 - Dec 2004

Chemistry Lab Teaching Assistant

Responsible for conducting experiments accompanied by short lectures, assisting students with the lab portion of General Chemistry, Chemistry I, and Chemistry II level classes, as well as grading lab work.

May 2004 - Aug 2004

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Biology Studying the mechanism and control of eukaryotic translation initiation at the molecular level using yeast Saccharomyces cerevisae to understand the regulation of translation and how translational control is integrated into cellular growth regulation. Sample of techniques used include: PCR, gel electrophoresis, purification assays utilizating centrifugation, and genetic engineering.
Jul 2003 - Aug 2004

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Biochemistry

Studying the structure, function, and interactions of the components of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex seeking to elucidate short term regulations using a combination of standard enzymology, molecular biology, and biophysical techniques. Examples of specific techniques used include: genetic engineering, and various protein and enzyme assays.

Student reseacher for Dr. Thomas Rochehttp://www.k-state.edu/bchem/department/directory/roche/index.html

May 2003 - Aug 2003

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kansas State University

Department of Biology

Studying and analyzing the evolution of gene regulatory networks, using segmentation in the red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) as a model system. Genomic and bioinformatics, focusing on genome sequence analysis.

Student Researcher for Dr. Susan Brown

http://www.k-state.edu/biology/faculty_pages/brown.html

Sep 2002 - May 2003

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kansas State University

Department of Grain Science (Cereal Chemistry)

Assistant to Dr. Katherine Tilley in her studies and analysis of the structure and function of gluten at the molecular level with emphasis on the crosslinks formed by tyrosine and their direct correlation to the processing quality of wheat or flour sample.