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I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. At UCLA, I was part of a program called CityLab UCLA, where each weekend we would meet and expose inner-city high school students to biotechnology and scientific research in a laboratory setting. Since graduating, I have worked in the Biotechnology industry and the Clinical Diagnostics industry. In 2011, I decided that I wanted to go back to school to get my Ph.D., and so I went back to doing scientific research. I have been working full-time at the NASA Ames Research Center in the Biomedical Research Facility for about a year now, where our projects look into gravitational effects on model host organisms and also to finding life outside of Earth. I would like to share my knowledge and experiences with children and teenagers, as well as inspire them to pursue higher education and a career in science. Our laboratories also invite short-term summer interns who come from universities all over the country to carry out their individual scientific projects, and I have been involved in helping their projects move forward. My availability is pretty flexible; I could spend a couple of hours a day or a few hours a week with a short-term science project suitable for students. My weekends and weeknights are quite free as well, so if you would like me to participate in an after-school program or weekend activities, I believe we could work something out.
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