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Lessons offered by Cameron
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biotechnology
Levels
  • All Levels

Highly-experienced Molecular Biology and Biochemist gives personalized individual lessons to biology students

Methodology

My approach is to carefully assess the students understanding to identify gaps or any confusion in curriculum. Accepting what you do not know or struggle with is one of the most important steps to take when developing a new skill or learning new material. Working through these challenges is not always easy, but with a uniquely tailored approach to each student, I'm confident that I can help teach and reaffirm the material to find success.

Background

I am a molecular biologist and biochemist with 2 years of hands-on research experience from Lewis and Clark College. I have a bachelor's degree in biology, although my scientific interests extend beyond biology into chemistry, biotechnology, physiology, biochemistry, and ecology.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : $15/h
Lessons offered by Cameron
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biotechnology
Levels
  • All Levels

Cameron's resume

Education
Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR B.A. in Biology, May 2019
Honors and Awards: Biology Prize, May 2019 GPA: 3.43/4.00
Dean’s Academic Scholarship 2015-2019
NCAA Division III Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete Fall 2016 - Spring 2019

Relevant Coursework
Structural Biochemistry
1 semester
Project: 60 minute presentation reviewing primary literature on novel protein design in
Rosetta software suite using hydrogen-bond networks and structural recombination
of PDB files. Experienced in using molecular modeling program PyMol, UCSF Chimera.

Biology
Evolution and Genetics
1 semester with lab
Experience with Drosophila melanogaster: identified sex, anesthetized, and performed statistical analysis tests including chi-square, ANOVA, and t-test analysis.

Molecular Biology
1 semester with lab
Independent Project: Tested luciferase reporter assay to test KLF4 transcriptional activity.
Experienced in gel electrophoresis, PCR, bioinformatics, E. coli cell cultures, site-directed mutagenesis, restriction enzyme digests, micropipetting, centrifugation, pouring and loading gels.

Cellular Biology
1 semester with lab
Characterized effects of Sicariid venom toxins on model organisms, including C. elegans, Drosophila m., and smooth cardiac muscle cell cultures. Quantified autophagy detection in C. elegans using fluorescence microscopy. Trained in C. elegan techniques including picking, scoring, setting up genetic crosses, slide preparation, and imaging.

Comparative Physiology
1 semester with lab
Investigated neuromuscular system of gastrocnemius muscle from Rana pipiens. Additional investigation include exploration of cardiac and respiratory system as a function of nasal inhalant exposure.

Venom Peptide Research Practicum
2 semesters
90 hours per semester
Cloned and expressed previously unknown toxins to test substrate specificity as well as PD50 in natural prey. Findings from this project contribute to a growing database characterizing patterns across Sicariid toxins phylogeny.

Employment and Volunteer ExperienceBinford Lab Research Assistant May 2018 - August 2019
Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR
- Responsible, professional senior member of a research team.
- Meticulously catalogued research records in a laboratory notebook.
- Cloned and expressed multiple poorly-understood venom toxins from Sicariid spiders in E. coli bacteria.
- Characterized substrate specificity and investigated enzymatic kinetics using biochemical analytical testing including Bradford Standard Assay and Amplex Red Sphingomyelinase D fluorescent biochemical assays.
- Quantified paralytic dosage in bioassays using natural prey such as crickets and flies.
- Evaluated affinity purification and expression optimization through SDS-PAGE gel analysis.
- Optimized and independently designed methodology for fluorescence biochemical assay.
- Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite as well as other scientific programs, bioinformatics, and primary literature research.
- Executed my responsibilities in an independent, often exceeding time commitment and expectations.
- Skilled in live spider care, including Sicariid spiders, Black Widow, and Kukulcania species.
- Adhered to sterile technique and Biosafety level 1 and 2 laboratory guidelines including proper chemical disposal.

Teachers Assistant September 2018 - December 2018
Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR
- Prepared and cleaned up laboratory equipment and chemicals for laboratory exercises. Prepared lab materials such as agarose gels, stock solutions, sterilizing glassware, autoclaving, etc.

Pamplin Student Attendant/Game Day Operations Assistant May 2018 - May 2019 Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR
- Supervised Pamplin Sports Center, including laundry duties and daily tasks directed by supervisor.
- Provided excellent customer service for students and community members using Pamplin Sports Center
- Set up and cleaned up Lewis and Clark athletic events, including Football, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Swimming. Officiated football and basketball events alongside referees.

Volunteer Spring 2018 Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Portland OR
- Cleaned local Johnson Creek Watershed by removing trash from waterways and nearby environment
Volunteer Fall 2017 Oregon Food Bank, Portland OR
- Repackaged foods into smaller bundles to be distributed to families in the greater Portland area.

Community Involvement/ Leadership Roles
Member of Lewis and Clark Varsity Baseball Team, Lewis and Clark College, 2015 - 2019
Note Taker, Lewis and Clark College, 2015-2017
Varsity Captain, Piedmont High School Varsity Soccer, Piedmont, CA, 2014 - 2015

Skills
Certification: CPR certification, Summer 2017.
Computer: Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Pymol, Ape, ChemDraw, Mesquite, Sequencher, Snapgene, UCSF Chimera, Pubmed, Expasy, Arachnoserver, and Python.
Language: Bilingual (English/French); received California Bilingual Seal of Literacy, Spring 2015

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