My professional career reflects my lifelong passion for exploring new landscapes… and drawing from past experiences to develop innovative, sustainable solutions for project growth.

Work in science communication

Science & Impact Campaign, Prostate Cancer Foundation. As a writing consultant for the Communications and Development unit:

  • used advanced Excel features to improve the efficiency of reports, charts, and spreadsheets relative to fundraising tracking
    • implemented pivot tables to instantly and flexibly summarize data reporting on downstream investments in patents
    • combined formulas with conditional formatting to identify duplicate values while merging and cleaning legacy spreadsheets
  • researched clinical and economic outcomes of treatments that resulted from PCF-funded research, such as enzalutamide (Xtandi®)
  • vetted scientific content in Health and Wellness: Living with Prostate Cancer, an ebook produced in collaboration with UCSF researchers
  • wrote and designed lay-friendly, patient-centered narratives to inform donors on the scientific results facilitated by their generous gifts
    • campaign products helps PCF achieve a >80% donor pledge renewal rate in 2015

Science blogging, ZarLab at UCLA (blogroll) and Mangul Lab at USC (blogroll). As a project manager for computational laboratories:

  • authored weekly blog content aimed at helping life science and medical researchers lacking a computational background understand key concepts and new developments in the computational biosciences
  • created announcements of lab accomplishments for promotion in the lab blog and in university marketing materials
  • developed eye-catching featured images to promote blog content on social media platforms

Work in grant management

As a project manager for computational laboratories ZarLab at UCLA and Mangul Lab at USC, and a programs manager for QCBio at UCLA:

  • developed using Google Sheets an easy-to-use tracking system for managing grant applications and awarded funds
  • researched funding opportunities among university, federal, and private agencies
  • coordinated production of proposal content, including independently authoring content and optimizing content written by others
  • customized internal assessments of educational programming in order to efficiently fulfill grant reporting requirements
  • attended a four-day National Science Foundation workshop for management of the NSF REU award
  • managed reporting timelines and kept track of deliverables, including papers, presentations, and survey results
  • authored and submitted materials for progress reports
  • completed the Cardinal & Gold Curriculum, offered by the USC Department of Contracts and Grants, a comprehensive grants management training

Work in educational programming

B.I.G. Summer, UCLA. Prestigious eight-week full-time immersion program for undergraduates to learn how to read and analyze genes and genomes.

  • coordinated recruitment and application process for 50-student summer program funded by five distinct grants
  • collaborated with stakeholders in Graduate Division, Dashew Center, Payroll Services, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Undergraduate Research Center, and home departments of grants
  • created engaging digital and print materials for recruiting prospective summer scholars
    • increased application rate by 200%
  • organized and hosted educational, professional development, and social programming

The Collaboratory, UCLA. Interdisciplinary research and education group offering training workshops, consultation services, and automated data analysis tools.

  • facilitated twice-weekly, three-day workshops developed to teach novice programmers how to analyze and interpret “big data” skills
  • administrated 16 part-time post-doctoral scholar awards
  • assessed instructional efficacy
  • created promotional materials for workshop series
    • increased workshop registration rate by 50%
  • managed digital resources in collaboration with campus partners

CGSI, UCLA. Innovative fusion model of workshops and conferences that facilitates communication across traditional scientific disciplines about the latest computational genomics techniques and discoveries.

  • coordinated budgets and logistics for twice-annual 50- to 200-person conference and workshop meetings
  • developed quantitative and qualitative assessments in compliance with grant reporting requirements
  • increased scale of each meeting from 25 to 200 people
    • while boosting participant-reported satisfaction by 25% and meeting budgetary restrictions

Big-Bio.org, UCLA. Student-driven educational platform for helping aspiring computational bioscience researchers learn basics in biology and computer science. 

  • developed branding and initial website
  • helped founding undergraduates recruit resources from senior faculty

Bioinformatics Minor Program, UCLA. Increasingly popular minor program offering Integrated training in programming, data analysis, and biology.

  • coordinated a campus-wide curriculum revision campaign to facilitate adoption among students in majors with particularly complex coursework requirements
  • coordinated budget and logistics for end-of-year celebrations of graduating seniors who obtained the minor