I offer one on one tutoring to students at the undergraduate university level. I prefer to start where the student requires assistance and work towards their desired end goal. My style of teaching (which I use whilst learning on my own) includes reading the material/watching education videos and discussing it with the student to ensure they understand the subject. My main desire is to teach students to think critically about what they are learning.
I am a graduate student who studied Pre-medical Biology as well as Biotechnology (Microbiology) for my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. I previously offered tutoring lessons to my fellow students at university which helped me reinforce my own knowledge of the topics taught.
07/2017 – current: Doctor of Philosophy in Food and Nutrition
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Segmented filamentous bacteria: Initiators of infant small intestinal immune barrier maturation
02/2015 – 11/2016: Master of Science in Biotechnology
University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Scotland
Investigation into the inhibitory effects of Lactobacillus plantarum against Candida albicans on HeLa cells
08/2009 – 05/2013: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Pre-professional studies
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA
Biosynthesis enhancement of arachidin-1 in peanut hairy root cultures and assessment of its cytotoxicity in pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells.
07/2017 – current: PhD student
AgResearch; Riddet Institute, Palmerston North, NZ
Project: Investigating the interactions of segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB) with the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) immune system in weaning infants. Are SFB involved in the maturation of the infant GIT immune system at weaning? Do weaning foods influence the abundance and mode of action of SFB? Does the SFB genome allow us to predict what food substrates these microbes utilise?
Duties: Organise and supervise rodent (in vivo) studies, attend workshops, present work at conferences, manuscript writing for publication.
Skills: DNA extraction, qPCR and PCR analysis, ELISA, agarose gel electrophoresis, coding with R, minitab
08/2011 – 11/2013: Research Assistant
Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA
Duties: Sub-cultured and scaled up peanut hairy roots, for elicitation, and extraction of stilbenoids for bioassays. Quantified stilbenoids from peanut hairy roots by HPLC.
Skills: Molecular cloning using PCR techniques; biomass treatment; plant cell cultures, mammalian cell cultures, protein characterization by Western blotting and ELISA, agarose gel electrophoresis, high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis
07/2013 – 08/2013: Summer Research Intern
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences). Funded by Arkansas Science and Technology Authority
Duties: Quantified levels of tocotrienols, which belong to the group of vitamin E compounds from the hairy roots of Bixa orellana (Achiote). Investigated the effects of treating the hairy roots with various elicitors to increase the levels of tocotrienols.
Skills: Plant culture extraction, Thin-Layer chromatography (TLC), Gas chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis
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