Monica from United States applies for Blue Card Germany

Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals

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Name of profession: Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals Name of latest business sector: Research Latest occupation/title: Graduate Student Researcher Latest main activities: Research, Teaching and Managing


Completed education: doctoral Title or Qualification: Ph.D. Specialisation: Molecular Biology/Physiology Additional trainings: B.S. in Biology

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Ph.D. - University of California, Davis, CA, USA (Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology) conferred December 2012

B.S. - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA (Biological Sciences) 2006

PREVIOUS RESEARCH: Examined the role of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in skeletal muscle atrophy, including development of a muscle specific GR knockout mouse. Analysis includes animal treatment with glucocorticoids, nutritional deprivation, and denervation, breeding, handling and genotyping mice, animal surgery, RNA and protein expression of select genes, immunohistochemistry, Illumina microarrays, and other general molecular techniques. I have experience with mice, xenopus laevis, and cell culture including development of primary muscle cell culture.

M.L. Watson, L.M. Baehr, H.M. Reichardt, J.P. Tuckermann S.C. Bodine, J.D. Furlow. A cell autonomous role for the glucocorticoid receptor in skeletal muscle atrophy induced by systemic glucocorticoid exposure. 2012. AJP – Endocrinology and Metabolism.

J. Freitas, E.S. Neff, M.L. Watson, J. Louisse, A.J. Murk, and J.D. Furlow. Genomic responses to thyroid hormone receptor isotype selective modulators and thyroid hormone disrupting chemicals in GH3 rat pituitary tumor cells. 2012. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology (submitted).

J.D. Furlow, M.L. Watson, E.S. Neff, L.M. Baehr, A. Ross, S.C. Bodine. Altered gene expression patterns in Muscle Ring Finger 1 null mice during denervation and dexamethasone induced muscle atrophy (to be submitted).

Invited Guest Speaker - “The role of the glucocorticoid receptor in skeletal muscle atrophy”
Biological Science Department Seminar Series, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. March 2nd, 2012

Speaker/Developer - “Interdisciplinary discussion on active verses passive learning”
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, UC Davis. April 28th, 2012

Graduate Student Researcher - UC Davis 2007-2012

Facilitator – HHMI Entering Mentoring Seminar Series - UC Davis 2009-2012
Ran workshops to help graduate students and post-docs become better mentors to undergraduates in their laboratories. Focused on setting expectations, overcoming challenges in mentoring, diversity between mentee and mentor, and writing a mentoring philosophy.

National Academy Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2011)
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Recipient (2012, UC Davis)
Jarena Wright Fellowship (2011-2012, UC Davis)
Trainee, Molecular and Cellular Biology NIH Training Grant (2009-2011, UC Davis)
Travel Grant, MCB/NIH Training Grant (2009, UC Davis)
Poster presentation Awardee MCIP Graduate Group Spring Colloquium (2008, UC Davis)
President’s List (2006, Cal Poly)
Facilitator of the Year, Week of Welcome orientation program (2004, Cal Poly)

Student steering committee member, MCIP, UC Davis (2007-2012)
Admissions committee member, MCIP graduate group (2010-2012)
Chair, Nara Institute of Science and Technology Student Workshop (2010, Nara, Japan)
Chair, MCB/NIH Training Grant Retreat Fall (2009 & 2010, Lake Tahoe, CA)
College of Science and Math Ambassador (2004-2006, Cal Poly)

M.L. Watson, J.D. Furlow. ‘The role of the glucocorticoid receptor in skeletal muscle atrophy.’ Presented at the 2010 NAIST Student workshop, Nara, Japan.

M.L. Watson, L.M. Baehr, J. van der Brant, H.M. Reichardt, S.C. Bodine, J.D. Furlow. ‘Analysis of glucocorticoid regulated gene expression and skeletal muscle atrophy in muscle specific glucocorticoid receptor knockout mice.’ Presented at the 2010 Experimental Biology Conference.

M.L. Watson, L.M. Baehr, J. van der Brant, H.M. Reichardt, S.C. Bodine, J.D. Furlow. ‘Analysis of glucocorticoid regulated gene expression and skeletal muscle atrophy in dimerization deficient glucocorticoid receptor mice.’ Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society.

M.L. Watson, E.S. Neff, J.D. Furlow. ‘Nuclear receptor regulated cell proliferation: dissecting thyroid hormone receptor function using isotype selective agonists.’ Presented at the MCIP 2008 Spring Colloquium, UC Davis.

E.S. Neff, J. Louisse, M.L. Watson, J.D. Furlow. ‘Dissecting the role of thyroid hormone receptors in controlling cell proliferation using isotype specific synthetic ligands.’ Presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society.

Lecturer: Scientific Teaching: An Active Learning Approach UC Davis, Winter 2012
Graduate student seminar course discussing topics covered in the National Academy’s Summer Institute. Emphasis is placed on accommodating student diversity in the classroom, engaging students in active learning, and formative and summative assessment of students throughout a course.

Teaching Assistant: Systemic Physiology Lab UC Davis, 3 Quarters
Upper-division undergraduate course, 28 students per class, 8 weeks of laboratory instruction and discussions. Duties included running 3-hour lab and 2-hour discussion, writing quizzes and discussion questions, designing lectures/activities for discussion, grading lab reports and evaluating students.

Teaching Assistant: Systemic Physiology Lecture, UC Davis, 2 Quarters
Upper-division undergraduate course, 500+ students. Duties included holding office hours, podcasting lectures, grading exams, and holding review sessions.

Teaching Assistant: Genomics Education Partnership: Bioinformatics Cal Poly, Fall 2006
Participation in one of the pilot projects of the Genomics Education Partnership with Washington University under the direction of the Howard Hughes’ Professor Dr. Sarah Elgin. I received training at Washington University and helped Dr. Anya Goodman to begin a primary research genomics project at Cal Poly. I was in charge of organizing and directing the lab where students learned how to annotate novel genomic sequence data from a new species of Drosophila from the sequencing center at Washington University.

Workshop Facilitator: Introductory Biology Courses Cal Poly, 2004-2006
Lower-division undergraduate courses. I led two workshops a quarter with 20-25 freshman students that met twice a week. Workshops acted as discussion sections for introductory biology courses (including Biology of Animals, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, and Introduction to Organismal Form and Function). I developed activities, worksheets, discussion topics, quizzes and review sessions that would supplement course material.


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