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Scientist, Gene Therapy | Scientist, Drug Discovery
Executive Candidate Profile
Highly adaptable, self-driven neuroscientist with a record of thriving under pressure and commitment for life-long learning. Delivers dependable results through strategic planning, attention to detail, and skillful execution.
Expert in genetic engineering, experienced in drug discovery, and versatile in the ability to amass knowledge efficiently. Aims to advance scientific objectives and goals competitively by spearheading technological innovations.
Well-rounded ballroom Latin dancer with entrepreneurial vision, keen eye to risk detection and minimization, and incisive problem-solving skills to meet the changing priorities of the fast-paced biotech industry.
Recognition / Achievements
High return on investment: led the design, implementation, and validation of 12 gene editing projects and 3 complex CRISPR/Cas9-based platforms in the last 6 years from the ground up. All 3 platforms succeeded on the first attempt.
Goal-directed team leadership: spearheaded the development of functional genomic capabilities, including CRISPR-based genome-wide KO screens, at the workplace.
Self-sufficient and independent: successfully built the first knock-in genetic model in 3 months to accelerate progress, from never having heard of CRISPR at all.
Experienced in the pipeline of target/drug discovery: empowered validation of 3 protein targets and 1 anti-prion lead compound from thorough analysis of 3 multiplex mass spectrometry-based interactome datasets, aiding the procurement of $500,000 in grants.
Cost management: optimized iTRAQ protein mass spectrometry labelling protocol, resulting in cost-savings of up to $1000/run.
Clear communication: liaison between chemists and algorithm developers to advance drug optimization.
Collegial charisma and mentorship: secured 11 cross-functional collaborations, trained 12 juniors, and delivered 10 conference presentations.
Strong productive output: published 8 papers in total, 3 lead author/editor role; 6 awards and 2 national nominations totaling $167,180.
Fostering positive community engagement: founded the first ballroom Latin dance club at my alma mater; expanded it to >150 people.
Entrepreneurial mindset with attentive relationship-building skills: started one of the highest ranked personal tutoring companies in Toronto, earning 100% 5-star ratings.
Advocacy for neurodegenerative diseases: long-term volunteer for the past 10 years, driven by a passion to better patient lives.
Effective time and project management of multiple responsibilities: organizing 3 projects, 3 juniors, a dance club, and a private tutoring company on a daily basis.
Education / Designations
PhD, University of Toronto
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