Scientific Data Analyst and Programmer
Last active: 11/20/2013
I am a Biomedical Engineer and Neuroscientist with a passion for solving complex and difficult tasks. My love for data and analysis has led me to leave academic research for a full-time career as an independent contractor in data analysis, programming, and scientific consulting. As a Ph.D. in Neurobiology, I routinely analyzed complex and multivariate data sets through custom programs and scripts. My B.S. and M.S. in BioMedical Engineering gave me the technical background to master math and statistically intensive tasks. As a Ph.D., I have the critical thinking skills needed to break a problem down into its essential components. Furthermore, I have the ability to quickly and efficiently learn any topic, program, programming language, or platform. I am excited to bring these skills together to complete your project!
I have always been technically minded and interested in computers, electronics, and data analysis. While in undergraduate school I focused on electric theory and its applications to biotechnology. I used a variety of programs such as Matlab, LabView, pSpice, etc. For my senior thesis I wrote c/c++/assembly code for a real-time 3d image acquisition system. The purpose was to monitor a subject’s movements using infrared scanners, project the position of their limb on a screen, and give real-time feedback to assess the accuracy of their motion. While getting my Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering I developed an electrode to monitor single cell migration. This involved using CAD to design the electrode, microfabrication techniques to build it, and extensive computing to analyze the resulting data. Again I used a variety of computational software packages to perform the analysis. I then became interested in the brain and pursued a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. This involved analyzing extremely complex and multivariate data from a variety of sources. I would analyze data from molecular biology experiments, data from genetic sequences and mutations, data from mass spectrometers to identify proteins, and three dimensional microscopy images. Again, I used whatever data analysis packages at my disposal and often wrote my own custom scripts/programs as needed. Although I love studying organic systems, my greatest enjoyment was in analyzing the data I experimentally acquired and writing the program to do it – and so here I am.
As a scientist, I was trained to master skills and fields very quickly. If I needed to learn a new scripting language or program to perform my research, I would gather resources, examine examples, and perform tests until I felt I understood the system well enough to accomplish my goals to the standards of the scientific community. If I was given a grant or paper to review by world-class researchers, I would perform an in-depth review of all the relevant literature so that I was competent enough to offer a criticism.
• Knowledgeable of molecular biology, neuroscience, anatomy, statistics, mathematics, and electronics
• Advanced skills in computers and programming and able to master new programs quickly
• Familiar with Linux, Apache, FTP, SQL, C/C++, Perl, R/Matlab, and others
• Able to analyze extremely large data sets
• Managed lab personnel and resources
• Able to generate and proof professional documents and reports
• Accomplished lecturer and public speaker
• Experience with confocal microscopy, mass spectrometry, DNA/RNA/protein techniques, cell culture, rodents and transgenic mice, and many other scientific techniques
• 3 first-author and 8 co-author peer reviewed scientific publications