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Bassey E.
Bio-Medical Scientist NIH / MedStar Research
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About Bassey
Hello, my name is Bassey Efiok. I am an easy-going person who connects very well with people – whether young and old. My academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and a Ph.D in Biology with specialty in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I have taught, Tutored and Mentored many students during my five years as a graduate student, and during the many years I have worked as a Research Scientist. My hobbies include photography, tennis and science fiction.
Teaching Experience
My main teaching experience was during my five years in graduate school. I was the Teaching Assistant responsible for teaching the laboratory components of courses in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and General Biology. During my last two years there, I was also involved in teaching the main course materials a in addition to the laboratory components. During these years, I learnt common patterns in the difficulties that students had in learning biological and biochemical concepts. I was always moved to develop simple ways to help them...
Education
Illinois Institute of Technology
Biological Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
1984 - 1989
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Medical Laboratory Science
Bachelor's Degree
1976 - 1979
Work Experience
MedStar Health Research Institute, Senior Research Technologist
2005 - 2012
My research work here focused on identifying lipid and genetic markers for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Diabetic patients often develop life-threatening cardiovascular diseases. Identifying the key markers of these diseases has given a clearer understanding of how these two diseases are linked, and has also provided better targets for developing therapeutics. I still work for Medstar, but only on a consultative basis.
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, Senior Research Fellow
1991 - 1999
This research work focused on the mechanisms of mammalian gene expression. Physical life is maintained by a systematic network of biochemical reactions that are heavily reliant on the catalytic power of macromolecules called proteins. In addition, proteins also form most of the structures that give shape and form to all living organisms. The blue print for producing these proteins with very high fidelity, is hidden in genes, which are linked up to form DNA and then packaged into chromosomes. Understanding the complex processes involved in...
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