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Carla D.

STEM Professional | Ed Tech Writer


Transitioning back into the scientific community in laboratory research roles offering stability, new challenges, and professional growth. Two plus years experience as a biotechnology research associate. Seven years contributing to secondary education. Currently working freelance editing papers for PhDs. Bachelor’s in Biology.

Key Skills & Competencies

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) | Organizational | Molecular Biology
Time Management | Statistical Analysis | In vitro diagnostics (IVD)
Analytical Chemistry | Creative/Analytical Thinker | Verbal and Written Communication

Professional Experience

Contract Research Associate, GestVision Biotechnology LLC, R&D, Groton, CT 4 months
Contribute to laboratory research and development for IVD (in vitro diagnostics) medical device
to help physicians detect preeclampsia in women during pregnancy.

Freelance Entrepreneur, Lebanon, CT 8 years
Project-based consultant for a wide variety of clients including in fields of science and technology.
Proofreader, Editor
Meticulously review and edit international peer-reviewed scholarly papers for clarity, style, and grammar. Take technical topics and turn them into digestible explanations.

High School Teacher, Grades 9-12, Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT 4 years
Middle School Teacher, Grades 6-8, Capitol Region Education Council, Hartford, CT 3 years
Prepared and delivered instructional PowerPoint presentations to 100+ students daily.
Communicated goals so that students would understand and become invested in achieving them.
Promoted productivity and quality standards.
Motivated and inspired students to do their best work, stay on task and on schedule.

Molecular Biology Research Associate, Curagen Biotechnology Corporation, Branford, CT 2 years
Participated in gene confirmation associated with disease and drug response.
Performed DNA extraction/isolation/purification/cloning techniques.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Submerged gel electrophoresis.
Ligated and transformed plasmid vectors. Robotic picking of bacterial colonies.

Staff Sergeant, USAF, Air National Guard, East Granby, CT 9 years
Served as Flight Line Crew Chief.
Received advanced training in aerospace technology, electromechanical diagnosis & problem-solving, leadership and operations.
Awards: Honorable Discharge. Air Force Armed Forces Medal for overseas deployment. Three consecutive Meritorious Service Medals. Air Force Longevity Award.

Administrative Support, University of Hartford, W. Hartford, CT 8 years
Oversaw departmental budgets.
Collected and compiled statistical data for analysis and internal and external reporting.
Contributed to the development and management of Executive and Management Information Systems.
Prepared surveys, written plans and reports, presentations, compiled data from various information systems, developed data visualizations, and executive information systems using spreadsheets and statistical software.
Edited peer-reviewed scholarly papers for publication.
Coordinated special campus-wide events.
Supported fundraising drives.

Community Experience

Disaster Preparedness Chaplain, FEMA
Accredited Veterans Advocate


Bachelor’s Degree, Biology, General, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

Other Experience/Awards/Publications

Honorable Discharge. Air Force Armed Forces Medal for overseas deployment.

Three consecutive Meritorious Service Medals.

Air Force Longevity Award.

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