Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program Phone (o) 951-827-4424 Personal Chemical Exposure Program Mobil 951-231-0347 Department of Entomology Fax 951-827-5803 University of California, Riverside CA 92521 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Gayatri Sankaran EDUCATION September 2008 – present Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program (Ph.D) Personal Chemical Exposure Program, Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521 September 2005 - July 2007 M.Sc. (Medical Biotechnology) Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India MAHE Life Sciences Centre (MLSC), Manipal, Karnataka, India August 2002- July 2005 B.Sc. (Biotechnology) Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India PROFESSIONAL September 2008 – Present: Graduate Student Researcher for Ph. D. EXPERIENCE Employer: Robert I. Krieger, Ph.D., Department of Entomology and Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, University of California, Riverside. Primary Responsibilities: 1. Multiple- pesticide residue study and screen in strawberry plants and harvesters at Santa Maria, CA. 2. Study of rubber latex gloves as a potential dermal dosimeter for pesticide residue studies. 3. Field sampling of glove, berry, whole leaf and dislodgeable foliar residue (DFR) samples at Santa Maria, CA. February 2008-June 2008: Employed as a Trainee at the Environmental Division of Hand in Hand in Chennai, TamilNadu, India to compile the Resource Guidebook on Solid waste management. Hand in Hand is a NGO with its Headquarters in Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India. The methodology in compiling the Resource Guidebook on Solid waste management involved the review of literature - scientific articles, books and newspaper articles and Field trips to the Solid waste management projects at Hand in Hand. Regular group discussions with the entire team and interaction with the people at the grass root level, senior officers and the public aided in the completion of the Resource guidebook. November 2006-June 2007: Student Researcher Project Title : Secreted proteases in human diseases in cell culture in vitro A research-based project carried out in the department of Biotechnology The thesis was submitted as part of the M.S. (Medical Biotechnology) degree. The research question addressed was to estimate if ECM degradation by certain proteases had any effect on human diseases such as Turners syndrome in the products of conception (POCs) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in the bone marrow. Various bone marrow cell lines and products of conception cell lines were initiated, cultured and maintained and were tested for MMP-2 and MMP-9 (gelatinases) activity on gelatin zymograms. Densitometric analysis was done for estimating the MMP activity. Significant difference in the levels of secreted MMP-2 in the POC cell lines was observed. This led us to conclude that MMP-2 could be a key player in Turners syndrome (POC). Further research in this area has been suggested. January-June 2005 :Student Researcher Project title: The efficacy and safety of Nimesulide as an analgesic and antipyretic - A systematic review. This was a research - based project in the Department of Community Medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.The thesis was submitted as part of B.S. degree in Biotechnology. The objective was to assess the efficacy and safety of the use of Nimesulide as an analgesic and/or anti-pyretic over certain other NSAIDs and placebo and to detect if age, geographical distribution, genetic and/or acquired patient factors influence outcome of its intake. The project involved collecting relevant randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case-control studies and case reports from relevant scientific search engines. Relevant data was extracted, assessed and verified using a software RevMan owned by the Cochrane Collaboration. July 2004-October 2004 Project Title : Biotechnology in Infectious Diseases : A Mini-project This was a literature-based project, involving collection of scientific articles on biotechnology in infectious diseases. This was a part of the curriculum in the 5th semester (Final Year B.Sc. in Biotechnology). Articles pertaining to the current status of recent molecular methods in bacterial, viral, helminthic, protoazoan and prion infections were collected. The report emphasized on the paradigm shift from microbiology to biotechnology in the field of infectious diseases. January-June 2005: Student Researcher (Volunteer) The proto-oncogene, B-Raf is known to be mutated in colon cancer. Colon cancer samples obtained from the Kasturba Hospital (Manipal campus) MU. This was carried out in the Department of Biotechnology, Manipal University, India. Mutation screening was done using the PCR- RFLP technique to identity known mutations in exon 11 and exon 15 and any unknown mutations, if any. Teaching Experience December 2006 Introductory course in Zoology for undergraduates in the Biotechnology Undergraduate program at Manipal Life Sciences Centre, Manipal, India. PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS PLATFORM Gayatri Sankaran, Sunitha Rajesh, Suma Nair and Sreekumaran Nair. PRESENTATIONS Nimesulide: Safety and efficacy as an analgesic and an anti-pyretic. Poster presentation at the Indo-Australian Symposium on Pharmacogenomics held at Manipal University, Manipal, India on March 10, 2006. Gayatri Sankaran, Yanhong Li, Melinda M. Bigelow Dyk, Zhenshan Chen, Helen Vega, Robert Krieger. Measuring pesticide availability and transferability using rubber latex gloves of strawberry harvesters. (ENTX Annual Graduate Student Symposium, June 23, 2009 - University of California, Riverside, CA 92521) PROFESSIONAL 2009-present : Member, American Chemical Society ASSOCIATION 2009-present : Member, Society of Toxicology AWARDS 1. Best First-year Presentation. Annual Student Symposium of RECEIVED Evironmental Toxicology Graduate Program. University of California, Riverside.2009 2. Awarded the Dean's Distinguished Fellowship Award : Fall 2008 – present. Environmental Toxicology program at University of California at Riverside. 3. Awarded the Best Outgoing student Award 2007 of M.Sc. (Medical Biotechnology) in recognition for excellent academic performance at Manipal Life Sciences Centre, Manipal, India. 4. Awarded the Gold Medal endowed by the department of Biotechnology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal for the Best Outgoing student in B.Sc. (Biotechnology), Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. 5. Awarded the UGC-NET Scholarship for the University Rank holder (Undergraduate education) for the year 2004-2005 for pursuing postgraduate education from 2005-2007. 6. Secured Rank 308 (out of a total of about 10,000 students) in the All India Postgraduate Biotechnology Examination for the academic year 2004-2005.
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