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Tutor profile: Steven R.

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Steven R.
Pharmaceutical Science PhD and Research Scientist. Specializing in chemistry, biology, and math subjects
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About Steven

About Steven
I'm Research Scientist who has a passion for teaching/mentoring students. I want to encourage the younger generation to pursue careers in STEM just like I was encouraged by those before me. I have assisted with college level courses where I worked in both group and one-on-one settings with students to help them with key concepts in Math, Biology, and Chemistry.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
University of Iowa- 1 year experience teaching the lab section of a material science course and holding office hours to help students with homework. University of Kentucky - 1 year experience leading a weekly math concept session for pharmacy students, 2 years as teaching assistant for 2 pharmacy level pharmaceutical courses. These all include holding weekly office hours to work one-on-one with students Mentoring - Mentored 3 high school level students in scientific research during the summer months (2.5 months each).
Education
University of Kentucky
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2011 - 2017
University of Iowa
Chemical Engineering
Bachelor's Degree
2007 - 2011

Work Experience

Work Experience
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Research Fellow
2017 - 2019
• Mentored 1 student over the course of two summers in scientific research (helped design research project, carry out experiments, present findings, etc) • Lead a research project on gene therapy drug development using a cationic polymer nanoparticle/DNA system to treat cystic fibrosis • Synthesized and analyzed cationic polymer nanoparticle/DNA formulations for size, shape, surface charge, quality, gene transfer efficacy, and toxicity • Screened pharmaceuticals to find those which enhance gene transfer efficacy of nanoparticle/DNA...
University of Kentucky, Post-Graduate Research Assistant
2017 - 2017
• Characterized the ionization state and stability of lyophilized drug samples using solid state NMR • Produced lyophilized and spray dried drug samples using medium scale lyophilization and spray drying machinery • Characterized Tg, dissolution, water content, ionization state, and adsorption of spray dried and lyophilized drug samples • Repaired lyophilization devices, HPLCs, and other laboratory equipment
University of Kentucky, Graduate Research Assistant
2011 - 2017
• Mentored 2 High School students in scientific research during the summer months. This lead to successful research presentations by the students • Acted as a teaching assistant for 3 Pharmacy level courses which allowed me to work with students in both group and one-on-one settings. • Obtained PhD and published 3 first author publications while executing a major research project which improved the transfection efficacy of a nanoparticle based gene therapy pharmaceutical by modulating nanoparticle hydrophobicity and PEGylation...
USDA NCAUR, Research Intern
2010 - 2010
• Analyzed products of catalytic pyrolysis of wood using GC-MS analysis. • Developed a separation protocol to determine mono-, di-, and tri- acyl glyceride content in triglyceride synthesis using liquid chromatography and GC-MS analysis.
University of Iowa, Material Science Teaching Assistant
2009 - 2010
Taught the Lab portion of the Material Science course in the chemical engineering department. Held office hours to assist students with homework.
Alcon Labs, Research Intern
2009 - 2009
• Assisted with manufacturing method development and transfer between lab and manufacturing plant • Validated product packaging and industrial reactors

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