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Helical collagen Peptides as Novel Cancer Drug Carriers

Here, we present peptides that efficiently penetrate cellular membranes by combining very short CPP sequences and collagen-like folding domains that allows triple helical conformation. This conformation allows efficient internalization, increased stability against enzymatic degradation in human serum and minimal toxicity.

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Role of Autophagy in Breast Cancer Metastasis

This study shows critical roles for P-body formation and autophagy in transitions of cancer cells between epithelial and mesenchymal phenotypes and help explain how autophagy functions to promote or suppress tumor cell growth during different stages of tumorigenesis.

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Teaching experience 2

Purdue University, College of Human and Health Sciences, Aug 2014 - May 2015

  • Trained undergraduate and graduate students in mammalian cell culture and fuorescence microscopy, Nanosight spectrocopy, TEM and SEM
  • Designed in class activities for 400 level seminar course and executed them efficiently and lead 2 inquiry based lab sections of 25 students by introducing concepts and experiments. Students publicized increased academic confidence and enthusiasm in other challenging science courses upon completion of program.
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Teaching Experience 1

California State University Long Beach, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Jan 2010 - Aug 2012

  • I was in-charge of training and maintaining cell culture techniques and facilities, HPLC and Fluorescence microscopy instrument in my lab
  • Trained undergraduate and graduate students in HPLC, mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, circular dichroism, and confocal microscopy
  • Instructed weekly review sessions for 20-25 students, assisted in designing and grading 4 problem sets
  • TA for 4 chemistry labs ( Chem 101, 111A & 111B) and 1 biochemistry lab (Chem 140)
  • Graded and designed quizzes for 400 level biochemistry courses
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