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Professional Summary

Accomplished laboratory professional with clinical as well as research experience in all facets of microbiology, advancing and evolving over time to gain deeper knowledge of the questions asked.  Striving to maintain a positive relationship with my team as well as working independently in an efficient and respectable manner.

  • Familiar with molecular techniques and analysis
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficient with Quality Systems
  • Accomplished collaborator
Work History
Research And Extension Support Specialist II 07/2018 to Current
Cornell University - SIPS Ithaca, New York
  • Conducts research while considering multiple approaches and selects appropriate methods based on objectives of the project
  • Directs lab and field data collection efforts to support research activity for field crops pathology research program
  • Proficient in laboratory techniques, such as DNA sequencing and analysis, culturing microorganisms, aseptic technique
  • Provides primary disease diagnosis to extension educators
  • Manages and oversees all aspects of the research laboratory environment including but not limited to the following:  safety, quality assurance (QA), training, ordering supplies, coordinating budgets, maintaining equipment, hiring and communicating with employees and students
Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist I 07/2001 to 07/2018
Cornell University-Animal Health Diagnostic Center Ithaca, New York
  • Accomplished and confident in molecular testing, including PCR, multiplex PCR, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing
  • Molecular analysis using DNASTAR's Lasergene software and BLAST
  • Proficient in multiple testing disciplines, including culturing for aerobic, anaerobic, enteric and fungal organisms and serologic testing
  • Primary mycologist which encompasses reading, analyzing and reporting fungal cultures
  • Identification of through automated systems such as Sensititre, MALDI-TOF, as well as DNA sequencing and biochemical evaluation
  • Experience writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), reports, presenting data to shareholders
  • Quality assurance compliance (QA), corrective action documentation
  • Extensive experience using VetView and other LIMS systems
  • Collaboration with clinicians, scientists on individual cases and research projects to contribute to the organization's shared mission and vision
  • Work with all shareholders in a good-natured, flexible and cooperative manner while contributing to a positive work environment
  • Experience using Microsoft Suite: Office 365, Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint
  • Supervisor experience for student employees and work study
Scientific Sales & Marketing Representative 02/2000 to 05/2001
Energy Beam Sciences, Inc. Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Responsible for sales of laboratory supplies and equipment, technical support and training of customers and internal staff through the use of presentations, seminars and workshops
  • Managing and preparing outreach, specific marketing projects, news releases, newsletters and product literature
  • Development and management of budgets and annual sales reports
Clinical Microbiologist 08/1997 to 10/1999
SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, New York
  • Proficient in handling specimens and setting appropriate cultures
  • Proficient in the evaluation of routine aerobic, anaerobic, mycobacteriology and mycology cultures in a human hospital
  • Maintained and supported Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Quality Assurance guidelines (QA) guidelines
Graduate Teaching Assistant 01/1995 to 04/1997
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, New York
  • Teaching assistant for the following courses: General Mycology, Forest and Shade Tree Pathology, Microbial Ecology
  • Experience with greenhouse, controlled climate chamber and field research experiments
Graduate School: Forest Pathology and Mycology 1997 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Syracuse, NY
Bachelor of Science: Environmental Forest Biology 1994 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Syracuse, NY
  • Ledbetter, E.C., M.L. Norman,J.K.Starr. (2016) In vivo confocal microscopy for the detection of canine fungal keratitis and monitoring of therapeutic response. Vet Ophthalmol 19:220–229.
  • Ledbetter, E.C.,J.K. Starr. (2015) Malassezia pachydermatis keratomycosis in a dog. Med Mycol Case Rep 10:24-26.
  • Garner, C.,J.K. Starr, P.L. McDonough, C. Altier. (2010) Molecular Identification of Veterinary Yeast Isolates by Use of Sequence-Based Analysis of the D1/D2 Region of the Large Ribosomal Subunit. J Clin Microbiol. 48:2140-2146.
  • Barr, S.C., P.L. McDonough, R. L. Scipioni-Ball,J.K.Starr. (2005) Serologic responses of dogs given a commercial vaccine against Leptospirainterrogans serovar pomona and Leptospira kirschneri serovar grippotyphosa. Am J Vet Res 66:1780-4.

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Research Scholar 11/2017 to 09/2017 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, USA

Main responsibilities:.

  • Assist in the development of therapies and diagnostics for genetic metabolic diseases.
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 10/2017 to 07/2017 Children Hospital Los Angeles Los Angeles, USA, CA

Main responsibilities:.

  • Support Neuroblastoma-related research projects.
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist 08/2017 to 12/2017 University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia

Main responsibilities:.

  • Research project manager: Immunoregulation in Asthma.
  • Patient recruitment and study enrollments.
Clinical Research Scientist 02/2017 to Current University British Columbia Vancouver, BC
Main Responsibilities:
  • Leading and supporting Sepsis related research projects. Establishing and developing clinical research collaborations.
  • Leading the development and maintenance of all clinical regulatory documentation.
  • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
Co-Founder & Research Lead 09/2016 to Current Sepset Biosciences Inc Vancouver, BC

Main Responsibilities:.

  • Supporting project development.
  • Establishing and developing clinical research collaborations.
  • Leading the development and maintenance of all clinical regulatory documentation.
  • Providing grant writing support.
Research Scientist & Manager 07/2015 to 02/2017 Centre for Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Diseases - UBC Vancouver, BC

Main responsibilities:.

  • Overseeing clinical research projects.
  • Supporting project development and grant funding.
  • Supervising staff and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Leading and coordinating scientific meetings.
02/2010 to 02/2013 SELECTED AWARDS & HONORS

Based on academic and research excellence: 

  • Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) - VANIER Canada Graduate Scholarship Highest Scholarship offered by the Canadian Government to PhD Students based on their academic excellence, research potential and leadership skills.
  • Killam Doctoral Award: Prestigious award given to those students to "be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction within a profession"
  • Four Year Fellowship / UBC 2009-2012: Given to outstanding domestic and international students.
  • University Graduate Fellowship - UBC 2008: This is a merit-based scholarship awarded to current students to engage on research projects.
  • Graduate Entrance Scholarships - UBC 2007: Offered to the best and brightest incoming full-time, thesis-based Master's and Doctoral students at UBC.  
01/2003 Young Researcher Scholarship - Javeriana University & Colciencias
  • Provided to exceptional recently graduated undergraduate students to engage in scientific research activities.
  • Awards based on leadership skills 1.
  • Nestor Korchinsky Student Leadership Award - UBC 2013: Given annually to a student that has demonstrated sustained leadership and initiatives that go above and beyond that of their peers, on the UBC campus and perhaps in the wider community.
  • 2.
  • Senior Academic Women Administrators of Canada Graduate Award 2013: Awarded annually to women graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic records.
  • 3.
  • Faculty of Science Service Award - UBC 2010: Recognizing staff, students and faculty whose service contributions have had a significant positive impact in achieving UBC Science's mission.
  • 4.
  • Selected as Valedictorian of the fall graduating class 2013: I was selected based on my academic, research and leadership accomplishments to give a convocation speech as the valedictorian of my graduating class.
09/2002 to 09/2003 Research Scholar Javeriana University
  • Main responsibilities:.
  • Lead the production of polyclonal antibodies and standardization methods.
Clinical Microbiologist 02/2001 to 02/2002 Rovira's Hospital
  • Main responsibilities:.
  • Clinical laboratory leader in charge of human samples analysis and pathology.
Executive Summary
I am a research scientist with more than 12 years of scientific and clinical research experience obtained at different hospitals and research institutions in Canada, United States, Colombia and Australia. I consider myself a goal oriented, organized and proactive scientist with a strong understanding of the methods and techniques of research management. I consider myself open, receptive and respectful to the ideas of others and able to foster effective working relationships, prioritizing always on strong collaboration and teamwork.
Education and Training
Ph.D: Microbiology & Immunology Aug/13 University of British Columbia (UBC) Canada Microbiology & Immunology Understanding the development of endotoxin tolerance during sepsis.
Patents This intellectual property was filed based on the discoveries of my PhD work. The patent was filed in Canada, USA, Europe and China as follows: Inventors: Pena OM, Hancock D, Boyd J, Hancock REW. Title: "Diagnosis for early severe sepsis" PCT Filing number: PCT/CA2015/000160 International Publication Number: WO2015/135071 Research Manuscripts I have published a total of 22 research manuscripts (17 research articles + 2 under submission, 3 reviews, 2 book chapters) in well-known peer-reviewed journals and book publishers. The research articles have been cited 677 times (Google Scholar). 1. Xi Y*, Pena OM*, Bosco A, Lynch J, Phipps S and Upham JW. "Critical role of pDC in regulating gene expression and innate immune responses to human rhinovirus" 2017. J. Allergy and Clinical Immun. Submitted. 2. Chen AH, Pena OM, Nel H, Petsky HL, Gardiner S, Zenchyson J, Pizzutto SJ, Yerkovich ST, Carroll M, Baines KJ, Simpson JL, Gibson PG, Hodge G, Hodge S, Chang AV, Masters IV, Buntain HL and Upham JW. "Lung macrophages from children with protracted bacterial bronchitis and bronchiectasis share similar gene expression profiles" 2017. Thorax. Submitted. 3. Maestre-Batlle D, Pena OM, Sutherland D, Hirota J, Alexis NE, Gunawan E, Rider CF and Carlsten C. "Novel Flow cytometry approach for the characterization of human bronchial epithelial cells recovered from the lower airways of healthy volunteers" 2016. Scientific Reports. Feb 6;7:42214. 4. Kunarahaj K, Pena OM, Upham JW. "Understanding the Immune and Inflammatory Response to Rhinoviruses: Recent Advances with Relevance to Asthma" 2016. Current Resp Med Rev. 12 (3). 215-224. 5. Pena OM*, Hancock D*, Lyle NH, Linder A, Russell JA, Xia J, Fjell CD, Boyd J, & Hancock RE. "An endotoxin tolerance signature predicts sepsis and organ dysfunction at initial clinical presentation. 2014 EBiomedicine - doi:10.1016/j.ebiom.2014.10.003 6. Pena OM*, Mansour S*, Hancock RE. "The Immunology of host defense peptides (antimicrobial) peptides". 2014. Trends in Immunology - Sep;35(9):443-50 7. Lyle NH, Pena OM, Boyd JH, Hancock RE. "Barriers to the Effective Treatment of Sepsis: Antimicrobials, Sepsis Definitions and Host Directed Therapies" 2014. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. Sep;1323:101-14 8. Yeung A, Janot L, Pena OM, Neidig A, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Hilchie A, Levesque R, Overhage J, and Hancock RE. "Requirement of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa CbrA sensor kinase for full virulence in a murine acute lung infection model". 2014. Infection and Immunity Journal. Mar 82(23):1256-67. 9. Xia J, Fjell CD, Mayer M, Pena OM, Wishard DS & Hancock RE. "INMEX - a web-based tool for integrative meta-analysis of expression data."2013. Nucleic Acid Research. Jul 1;41. 10. Xia J, Mayer ML, Lyle NH, Pena OM, Hancock REW. "INVEX - a web-based tool for integrative visualization of expres-sion data". 2013. Bioinformatics. 29 (24):3232-4 11. Pena OM, Afacan N, Pistolic Jelena, Chen Carol, Falsafi Reza and Hancock Robert E. W. "Synthetic Cationic Peptide IDR-1018 modulates Human Macrophage Differentiation". 2012 PLoS ONE. Jan; 8(1). 12. Afacan NJ, Yeung AT, Pena OM, Hancock RE. "Therapeutic potential of hostdefense peptides in antibiotic-resistant infections" 2012. Curr Pharm Des. Feb;18(6):807-19. 13. Pena OM, Pistolic J, Raj D, Fjell CD, Hancock RE. "Endotoxin tolerance represents a distinctive state of alternative polarization (M2) in human mononuclear cells". 2011 Journal of Immunology. June, 176(12):7243-54. 14. Brown K, Poon G, Birkenhead D, Pena OM, Falsafi R, Dahlgren C, Karlsson A, Bylund j, Hancock R and Johnson P. "Host defence peptide LL-37 selectively reduces pro-inflammatory macrophage responses" 2011. Journal of Immunology. May 1;186(9):5497-505. 15. Pena OM, Hale J, Hancock R.E.W. "Host Defense Peptides" Book Chapter in: Emerging Trends in Antibacterial Discovery. 2010. Horizon Scientific Press. 16. Tomatsu S, Montano AM, Nishioka T, Gutierrez MA, Pena OM, Et al. "Mutation and polymorphism spectrum of the GALNS gene in mucopolysaccharidosis IVA (Morquio A)" Hum Mutat. 2005; 26(6):500-12. 17. Tomatsu S, Gutiérrez M, Nishioka T, Yamada M, Tosaka Y, Grubb JH, Montano AM, Vieira MB, Trandafirescu GG, Pena OM, Et al. "Development of MPS IVA mouse (Galnstm(hC79S.mC76S)slu) tolerant to human N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfate sulfatase" Hum Mol Genet. 2005;14(22):3321-35. 18. Pena O, Sosa A, Echeverri O, Saenz H, Barrera LA. "Production of polyclonal antibodies for protein iduronate-2-sulphate sulphatase (IDS) and development of a detection system for human recombinant IDS" Biomedica. 2005;25(2):181-8. 19. Echeverry O, Espinosa E, Moser H, Pena O, Barrera L. "Adrenoleucodistrofia ligada al X en ochco casos colombianos" Acta Neurol Colomb. 2005 Dec;21(4):299-305. 20. Tomatsu S, Gutierrez MA, Ishimaru T, Pena OM, Et al. "Heparan sulfate levels in Mucopolysaccharidosis and mucolipidoses" J Inherit Metab Dis. 2005;28:743-57. 21. Tomatsu S, Nishioka T, Montaño AM, Gutierrez MA, Pena OS, Et al. "Mucopolysaccharidosis IV A: Identification of mutations and methylation study in GALNS gene". J Med Gen 2004; 41:e98. 22. Tomatsu S, Dieter T, Schwartz IV, Sarmient P, Giugliani R, Barrera LA, Guelbert N, Kremer R, Repetto GM, Gutierrez MA, Nishioka T, Serrato OP, Et al. "Identification of a common mutation in Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA: correlation among genotype, phenotype, and keratan sulfate."J Hum Genet. 2004;49(9):490-4. 23. Tomatsu S, Filocamo M, Orii KO, Sly WS, Gutierrez MA, Nishioka T, Serrato OP, Di Natale P, Montano AM, Yamaguchi S, Kondo N, Orii T, Noguchi A. "Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA (Morquio A): identification of novel common mutations in the N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfate sulfatase (GALNS) gene in Italian patients." Hum Mutat. 2004 Aug;24(2):187-8. 24. Barrera LA, Echeverry OY, Sarmiento P, Gutierrez M, Cabrera M, Torrez A, Serrano C, Guzman E, Pena OM, Et al. 2003. Innate Errors of Metabolism - Auto learning Book Program. Selected Oral and Poster Presentations I have presented my work in a variety of national and international events, giving more than 10 oral and poster presentations. I have selected here my most recent oral presentations from my doctoral and post-doctoral work where I was invited to present my work. Moreover, 2 of the posters presented here were selected as best presentations in their respective events. 1. Pena OM. The TRAP of Infection: How Traffic-Related Air Pollution Alters Immunity. Occupational and Environmental Health seminar series at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. March 2016. (Oral) 2. Pena OM, Maestre-Battle D, Guyanan E, Lee A, Kocbach Bølling A, Carlsten C. Effects of Phthalate Inhalation On Airway Immunology: A Control Human Exposure Study. West coast Public Health Conference. Semiahmoo. January 2016. (Oral) 3. Pena OM, Afacan N, Pistolic Jelena, Chen Carol, Falsafi Reza and Hancock Robert E. W. Synthetic Cationic Peptide IDR-1018 modulates Human Macrophage Differentiation. Australian Society of Immunologists. Melbourne, December 2012. (Oral) 4. Pena OM, Raj D, Pistolic J, Fjell C, Hancock RE. Endotoxin tolerance represents a state of alternative polarization in human mononuclear cells. American Association of Immunologists Meeting. Baltimore - WA, US. May 2010. (Oral) 5. Pena OM, Fjell C, Raj D, Lynn D, Hancock RE. "Systems biology approaches to understand sepsis". Cellular and Cytokine Interactions in Health and Disease-Try-Society Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. October 2009. (Poster) 6. Pena OM, Raj D, Fjell C, Falsafi R, Gardy J, and Hancock RE. "Exploring the development of endotoxin tolerance and anti-endotoxin activity of LL-37 in mammalian cells". American Association of Immunologists Meeting. Seattle - WA, US. May 2009. (Poster)
Academic, BC, Clinical Research, documentation, Futures, Government, grant writing, Leadership, leadership skills, meetings, Mentoring, win, pathology, PhD, project development, recruitment, Research, Scheme, scientific, speech, Supervising, Teaching

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Professional Summary

Experienced Microbiologist with a demonstrated history of working in the food safety and environmental services industries. Skilled in molecular and traditional microbiology, method development and quality control. Strong laboratory development professional with a B.S. in Natural Sciences and a Certificate in Quality Inspection.

Senior Microbiologist Feb 2017 to Current
FTS Analytical Tampa, FL
Microbiological analysis of soil, wastewater and drinking water per EPA standards.
  • Isolated, quantified and ​identified microorganisms
  • Spearheaded method development for food testing 
  • Led environmental monitoring protocols to ensure lab sterility
  • Performed Biochemical Oxygen Demand on wastewater samples
  • Reviewed and reported all results
Microbiologist Oct 2015 to Feb 2017
Institute for Environmental Health Lakeland, FL
Microbiological analysis of raw and ready to eat food samples per ISO and FDA standards.
  • Detected pathogens via molecular microbiology assays
  • Designed workflow systems to increase effectiveness and limit analyst error
  • Conducted bioburden testing on laboratory equipment and consumables 
  • Performed sterility testing on all culture media 
  • Trained new analysts on SOPs and Good Laboratory Practices
Research Associate (Undergraduate Research) Aug 2010 to Dec 2010
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon San Juan, PR
Microbiological analysis of local lakes for coliform bacteria.
  • Prepared media and reagents
  • Performed sterile sampling 
  • Isolated, quantified and Identified coliform bacteria
  • Presented technical and statistical research data 
Bachelor of Science, Natural Sciences 2015 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon San Juan, PR
Certificate, FDA Quality Inspector 2015 Job Center PR San Juan, PR

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Professional Summary

Microbiologist - Experience with Bacteriology, Virology, Parasitology, Mycobacteriology and some experience with Mycology.

Medical Technologist - Experience with all ares of the Clinical Laboratory to include: Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Coagulation, and Microbiology.


M(ASCP) 1990

MT(ASCP) 1993

Skill Highlights
  • Expert in evaluating isolates/Clinical specimens in the area of Bacteriology

  • Expert in evaluating isolates/Clinical specimens in the area of Mycobacteriology

  • Vast experience with Staff Supervision

  • Vast experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Worked with following analyzers:
  • Beckman-Coulter,
  • Bayer ADVIA
  • ACL Top and Elite
  • Clinitek 500
  • RXL's
  • Siemens DCAs
  • Biosite Triage meter
  • Vitros Chemistry analyzer
Professional Experience
Medical Technologist II and IV 04/1990 to Current Seton Family of Hospitals Austin and Round Rock, TX

Employed with Seton Family of Hospitals for 23 years. Have worked in the capacity of Medical Technologist IV in both the areas of Microbiology and Hematology. Have also worked as a Generalist in all the areas of the Laboratory to include: Microbiology, Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Coagulation and the Blood Bank.

Medical Technologist 11/1990 to Current Pinon Health Center Pinon, Az

Works as a Medical Technologist at the IHS Pinon Health Clinic. Duties included limited Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry and Serology. Familiar with RPMS-EHR government laboratory health information system.

Medical Technologist 05/1999 to 03/2005 North Austin Medical Center Austin, TX

Worked in all ares of the Clinical Laboratory to include: Microbiology, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry and the Blood Bank.

In addition, experience with all three shifts.

Microbiologist V, Section Chief of the Clinical Tuberculosis Laboratory 01/1995 to 05/1998 Texas Department of Health Austin, TX

Supervised the Clinical TB Laboratory, to include 8 personnel.

Duties included: The start up of the Laboratory, ordering supplies, maintaining standing orders, participating in proficiency testing, ensuring quality control and quality assurance and serving as a CAP inspector.

Microbiologist 08/1988 to 05/1990 Microbiology Specialists, Inc. Houston, TX

Trained in the areas of Bacteriology, Virology, and Mycobacteriology

Microbiologist 08/1985 to 07/1988 Austin Biological Laboratories Austin, TX

Participated in the research needed for developing a rapid identification kit for the aerobic, nonfermentative gram negative bacteria. Also tested isolates, using biochemical reactions, to confirm identification of organisms submitted.

Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Microbiology 1985 Texas Tech University Lubb, TX, USA
Community Service

Donate to the Central Texas Regional Blood Center, 2010 - present