Environmental Biotechnologist

Regina J. Rodriguez

3764 Hazelwood Avenue

West Des Moines, IA 50266

(515) 215-9904

QUALIFICATION SUMMARY
Hard-working, driven team player with expertise in biotechnology. Background includes practical field experience with technical, analytical, and interpretive skills. Strong communicator with ability to conduct multi-discipline research/scientific teams and professionals.  Proficient in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Expertise include:

·       Analysis

·       Water Quality Guidelines

·       Solvent Extraction

·       Statistics

·       Analysis of Molecules

·       Ecological Risk Assessment

·       Advance Techniques in Microbiology & Molecular Biology

·       Chemistry Microbiology Of Pollution

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Environmental Biotechnology

1999 to 2003

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Des Moines, IA

·       Microbial phospholipid fatty acid profiling.

·       Performed analysis, identification and quantification of phospholipids and PHAs.

·       Conducted analysis of water samples.

·       Carried out multivariate statistical analysis.

Bachelors, Biotechnology

1996 to 1999

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Des Moines, IA

·       Appointed as Project Leader for establishing a QC plan for a pharmaceutical plant.

·       Recognized for technical expertise.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & TRAINING

Scientific Officer – Microbiology Department, Environmental Division

1999 to 2003

Team member of waste management project determining ecological impact.

Key Contributions:

·       Compared polluted and unpolluted sites. Work was published in Microbial Ecology Journal.

·       Led statistical analysis.

·       Trained team members in use of statistical programs.

·       Conducted an in-depth analysis on various sediments using multivariate statistics.

Research Assistant

1999

RPG LABS – Des Moines, IA

Responsible for improving paternity tests, DNA fingerprinting and PCR analysis.

Key Contributions:

·       Wrote report establishing relationship between microdeletions in the AZF regions of chromosome Y and male infertility.

·       Worked with head scientist to preapre gel for electrophoresis.

Research Assistant

1999

FOODTECH – Des Moines, IA

Researched food microbiology including testing different batches of media with different inocula.

Key Contributions:

·       Conducted several international collaborative studies on yeasts and molds in foods.

·       Wrote report to establish international quality control standards food safety.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY TECHNIQUES

·       Solvent Extractions

Particle Measurement Analysis

·       Solid Phase & Column Chromatography

·       Liquid Chromatography

·       HP4500 Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)

·       Vista Simultaneous Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (ICP-AES)

·       CNS2000

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS – MULTIVARIATE & UNIVARIATE TECHNIQUES

·       ANOVA

·       Student T-tests

·       Covariant Analysis

·       Redundancy Analysis

·       Principle Component Analysis

·       Non-Parametric Multidimensional Scaling Ordination

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & MICROBIOLOGY TECHNIQUES

·       Paternity Tests

·       Bioreactor Operation

·       Serial Dilutions

·       16s rRNA Analysis

·       Gel Electrophoresis

·       HACCP, GMP, GLP, ISO 9001

·       Techniques of Hybridization & Sequencing

·       Polymerase Chain Reactions & Western Blotting

·       Immunological Assays  (Cellular & Serological Techniques)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

University of Iowa

Microbial Communities Characterization

DNA Labs

DNA Fingerprinting

Paternity Tests

Southern Blotting

PCR Analysis

Gel Electrophoresis

Yeasts & Molds in Food

Des Moines Community College

Project Management

TECHNOLOGY SKILLSET (ADVANCED USER)

Tools:

MS Suite, Front Page, Adobe Photoshop, Ulead Photoimpact,

Other Tools:

Minitab, Primer, SPSS, Medline, Biblioscape5

Platforms/OS:

PC, Macintosh, and Dos 7
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