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About Me[edit]


  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (2014)

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience

  • University of California, Davis (2009)

Masters in Science in Cell and Developmental Biology

  • University of California, Davis (2005)

Bachelor of Science in Biological Science; Emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior; December 2005

  • DeAnza Community College, Cupertino (2003)

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts Associate of Science in Biological Science


  • Teacher's Assistant University of California School of Medicine, Davis, CA (08/07-12/08)

Laboratory TA for CHA 400 (Medical Human Gross Anatomy). Duties include the assistance of medical students in the dissection of cadavers, answer questions, and general maintenance of the dissection lab.

  • Teacher’s Assistant/Laboratory Instructor University of California, Davis, CA (12/05-03/06, 12/06-03/07, 12/07-03/08)

Laboratory and lecture TA for CHA 101 (Undergraduate Human Gross Anatomy). Duties include the distribution of lecture exams and tutoring of students during office hours. Other tasks include the maintenance of the lab and the proper storage of cadavers and utensils. It is also required of the TA to attend open laboratory sessions, where the TA will tutor students and/or lead discussions with the students.

  • Human Dissection University of California, Davis, CA (04/06-08/08)

A pair of undergraduates or alumni, with a medical student underwent a dissection of a region of the human anatomy. Our group’s assignment was to dissect two human arms. The purpose of the project was to familiarize the dissectors with the human anatomy and to provide future students of CHA 101L prosections that clearly exhibits the organs of discussion.

  • First Aid/CPR Instructor Red Cross Yolo County Chapter, CA (12/05-06/07)

Teaching Basic First Aid and CPR for the Lay Person courses to the general public and staff members of the UC Davis campus. Upon the demonstration of the skills and completion of a short exam, certificates are issued or delivered on the site. In addition to providing the basic knowledge, I provide a physiological explanation of the techniques being used if prompted by the students. Thus providing a logical reason for the techniques

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Grant Retreat University of California, Davis, CA (10/06)

A National Institutes of Health funded retreat to provide graduate students with a broad training in all aspects of molecular and cellular biology research. The training grant also funds an annual retreat and seminar program that unifies and facilitates communication among, molecular and cellular biologists on the UC Davis campus. Though I personally did not present a project, I was given an opportunity to see others and their lab’s research interest.

  • Studio Assistant V.I.P. Studios Photography, Davis, CA (01/06-07/06)

Assisting in the production room and the studio. Duties include the taking and ordering photographs from events and weddings. Imaging duties include the production of advertising flyers, and photography retouching and restoration.

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant University of California, Davis, CA (04/04-10/04)

Assisted in a research project that is determining the distribution of consumed carotenoid pigments in immunologically stressed birds. Three specimens of birds were used in the experiment to determine a relationship. Duties as an RA include the preparation of the bleaching diets and experimental diets, maintenance of the specimen rooms, and obtaining blood samples from two of the specimens.

  • Laboratory Assistant Department of Chemistry, De Anza Community College, Cupertino, CA (4/03-7/03)

Took inventory of stockroom supplies and distributed locker keys to students. Primary duties include checking in/out lab equipment, such as PH meters and glassware to students. Performed protocols and prepared chemicals for experiments before assigning to students. Experiments included the use of gas chromatography and infrared spectroscopy.

  • Stockroom Assistant Department of Biology, De Anza Community College, Cupertino, CA (1/03-6/03)

Assisted in developing, preparing, and improving past labs, and performed demonstrations for labs, such as class dissections and multimedia productions. Other tasks include cleaning, sterilizing, and organizing lab utensils and other materials. Made and prepared several types of biological media for class use. Experiments include the use of PCR machine and electrophoresis.

  • Distribution Assistant O’Connor Hospital, San Jose, CA (10/00-6/01)

Discharged patients to their vehicles and assisted patients to their rooms with courtesy, in addition to transporting their personal belongings. Refilled departments’ supply carts, such as sample containers and heat packs. Main duty involved providing medical supplies, on call, to nurse stations.

  • Teacher’s Assistant Yerba Buena High School, San Jose, CA (6/99-7/99)

Assisted in setting up classroom assignments, and grading homework and exams. Helped students with problems associated with school work. Categorized, sorted, and organized students’ files, such as inputting personal information in databases. In addition to performing academic and clerical duties, other duties include sanitation and serving lunches to students and faculty.

Scientific Interests[edit]

  • Human Gorss Anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuroscience
  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Healthcare
  • Pediatrics

Other Interests[edit]

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Rock climbing
  • Reading random articles on Wikipedia
  • Listening to punk and indy music
  • Messing with photoshop
  • Teaching
  • Muy Thai
  • Drawing & Painting

Favorite Quotes[edit]

  • "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." - Turkish proverb
  • "I have always wanted to know as much as possible about the world." - Linus Pauling
  • ""I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' [Pause.] The twenty-five percent is for error." - Linus Pauling
  • "In the words of the late great Colonel Sanders: I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Dialogue - 40 Year Old Virgin

[David and Cal are playing "Mortal Kombat: Deception." Dave is Baraka, while Cal is Sub-Zero]

Cal: You're gay now?
David: No, I'm not gay, I'm just celibate.
Cal: That sounds gay. I mean, I just want you to know this is like the first conversation of like three conversations that lead to you being gay. Like there's this, and then in a year it's like "Oh you know, I kinda wanna, ya know, get back out there but I think I like guys" and then there's the big, "Oh I'm, I'm a g-gay guy now".
David: You're gay for saying that.
Cal: [Laughing]Oh, I'm gay for saying that.
David: You know how I know you're gay?
Cal: How? How do you know I'm gay?
David: Because you macramed yourself a pair of jean shorts.
Cal: You know how I know you're gay? You just told me you're not sleeping with women anymore.
David: You know how I know that you're gay?
Cal: How? Cuz you're gay? And you can tell who other gay people are?
David: You know how I know you're gay?
Cal: How?
David: You like Coldplay.

[Cal loses first match; screen cuts to video game footage of Baraka tearing Sub-Zero in half]

Cal: Aw, shit. Ow. Dude, at least leave my torso alone.
David: You know how I know that you're gay?
Cal: How?
David: You like the movie "Maid in Manhattan".
Cal: You know how I know you're gay?
David: How?
Cal: I saw you make a spinach dip in a loaf of sour dough bread once.
David: You know how I know that you're gay?
Cal: How?
David: You have a rainbow bumper sticker on your car that says, "I love it when balls are in my face."
Cal: That's gay?

[David loses second match and smokes a bowl; screen cuts to video game footage of Sub-Zero's fatality]

David: Goddammit!
Cal: I'm ripping your head off right now. It's off. And *now* I'm throwing it at your body.
Cal: [shouts] Fuck you!
David: Aww.

Andy: Wow, this place is crowded.
David: Yeah, well you know, nine dollar beer night.

David: You Know How I know that you're gay?
Cal: How am I gay?
David: You've seen Rent three times.
Cal: Being able to appreciate music, dance, and doin' guys in the ass is not the same thing.
David: Yea but all three of those things a comprised to musical rent.
David: You know how I know you're gay?
Cal: How
David: Two words "Fanny Pack"
Cal: You know how I know you're gay?
David: How?
Cal: You're wearing baby blue track pants.
David: Yeah I gave that to you actually. You know how I know you're gay?
Cal: How?
David: You tried to put a glory hole in the bathroom at SmartTech.
Cal: You know how I know you're gay?
David: How?
Cal: You look at me sometimes in a certain way...
David HmmmHm.
Cal: And you're just, you're lip quivers.
David: Mmmhmm.
Cal: Look's gay.
David: Well it's just 'cause you seem nice.
David: You know how I knew you were gay?
Cal: How'd you know I was gay?
David: You gave a reach around when you mounted me.
Cal: That's just considerate, okay that's not gay.
David: You Know how I know you're gay?
Cal: How?
David You put your penis inside of guys assholes.
Cal: You know how I know you're gay?
David: How?
Cal: Your dick tastes like shit.