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LEAH DIPLACIDO, PHD 37 Rivermead • Avon, CT 06001 • (203) 915-7577 • firstname.lastname@example.org Leah DiPlacido, Ph.D. brings over 10 years of experience in biomedical research, writing, and editing when managing each new project. She is a meticulous and enthusiastic researcher, writer, and editor with a firm foundation in and broad knowledge of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease. EDUCATION PhD in Immunology 2009 Yale University, New Haven, CT BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology 2001 University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Writing and Editing Skills: Abstracts, posters, tables, figures, research manuscripts, grants, reviews, editorials, health interest articles, newsletters Areas of Expertise: Autoimmune disorders: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes Infectious diseases: Mechanisms of viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, and associated immune responses Allergy: Asthma, indoor/outdoor allergies, food allergies Vaccines: Design and development Drugs: Mechanism of action, and side effects Cancer: Development of, immune response to, and treatment of cancer. Technology Skills: Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel Endnote citation software GraphPad Prism (statistics software) Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign Literature searches both in library and online. (e.g. pubmed search engine). Generally skilled with computers, and proficient in learning and mastering new software PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Science Review Officer SRA International, Inc. February 2009-Present Duties: Facilitate expert peer review of grants for medical research for SRA International, Inc. clients. Recruit expert panel members, summarize grant critiques. Biomedical Health Writer November 2009- Present LIVESTRONG.com (LS Health) LEAH DIPLACIDO, PHD • (203) 915-7577 • email@example.com Duties: Write feature articles targeted towards a general audience interested in health. Topics include health, disease, vaccines, and drugs. Biomedical Health Writer January 2010-Present DiabetesMonitor.com Duties: Write a weekly feature article on various topics within type 2 diabetes. Editor January 2010-Present Bioscience Writers (www.biosciencewriters.com) Duties: Edit biomedical research manuscripts in preparation for submission to scientific peer-reviewed medical journals. Edit with a focus on correct use of grammar, clarity, and flow. Postdoctoral Research Associate Sept. 2009- Jan. 2010 Laboratory of Zihai Li, MD, PhD Department of Immunology University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, CT Project: Managed an independent research project by investigating both intrinsic and extrinsic roles of the heat shock protein gp96 in the activation and differentiation of effector T cell subsets. Postdoctoral Research Associate Jan. 2009 – Aug. 2009 Laboratory of Joseph Craft, MD Department of Immunology Yale University New Haven, CT Project: Investigated novel human follicular helper T cell markers in collaboration with medical doctors in the pediatric surgery department at Yale/New Haven hospital. Doctoral Graduate Student Sept. 2002- Jan. 2009 Laboratory of Joseph Craft, MD Department of Immunology Yale University New Haven, CT Project: Lead an independent research project investigating follicular helper and pro-inflammatory T cell development and their roles in disease using a murine model of lupus. Yale University New Haven, CT Laboratory Technician May 2000-May 2001 Laboratory of Brian Staskowicz, PhD Department of Plant and Microbial Biology University of California Berkeley Berkeley, CA Project: Performed an independent research project with LEAH DIPLACIDO, PHD • (203) 915-7577 • firstname.lastname@example.org guidance and completed goal of creating site-directed mutations in the Xanthamonas AvrXv4 avirulence gene. SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS DiPlacido LD, Craft J. Upregulation of CXCR4 and Downregulation of PSGL-1 define Follicular Helper T cells in Systemic Autoimmunity. (Manuscript in preparation.) DiPlacido LD, and Craft J. Emerging from the Shadows: Follicular Helper T Cells in Autoimmunity. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2010; 62(1):6-8. DiPlacido LD*, Odegard JM*, Greenwald L, Kashgarian M, Kono DH, Dong C, Flavell RA, Craft J.ICOS controls effector function but not trafficking receptor expression of kidney-infiltrating effector T cells in murine lupus. J Immunol. 200; 182(7):4076-84. (*These authors contributed equally to this work.) Odegard JM, Marks BR*, DiPlacido LD*, Poholek AC, Kono DH, Dong C, Flavell RA, Craft J. ICOS-dependent extrafollicular helper T cells elicit IgG production via IL-21 in systemic autoimmunity. J Exp Med. 2008. 205(12):2873-86. (*These authors contributed equally to this work.) Roden J, Eardley LD, Hotson A, Cao Y, Mudgett MB. Characterization of the Xanthomonas AvrXv4 effector, a SUMO protease translocated into plant cells. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2004;17(6):633-43 (Eardley is LD DiPlacido’s maiden name). Kong PL, Odegard JM, Bouzahzah F, Choi JY, Eardley LD, Zielinski CE, Craft JE. Intrinsic T cell defects in systemic autoimmunity. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003; 987:60-67. (Eardley is LD DiPlacido’s maiden name). ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP American Association of Medical Writers (AMWA) 2009-Present American Association of Immunology (AAI) 2004-Present OTHER INFORMATION Placid Medical Writing: Leah DiPlacido, PhD is sole proprietor of Placid Medical Writing, located at www.placidmedicalwriting.com. This website offers more information about her background, skills, and available services. “Outstanding Research Award,” awarded to one student researcher in the Immunology department at University of California, Berkeley, 2001. Volunteer, Science Education and Outreach Program (SEOP): a program associated with Yale University. Taught basic genetics to elementary school students in New Haven Public Schools, 2005.
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