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Expert in Molecular Diagnostics, Molecular Biology, Public Health

Expert ID: 722090 Virginia, USA

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Expert has extensive expertise in molecular diagnostics, particularly for infectious pathogens. He is an expert in test development using state of the art technologies, including real time PCR. He has developed and implemented many tests for the detection of pathogenic bacteria and viruses for diagnostic purposes as well as surveillance and epidemiologic purposes. He has performed these functions in many settings including private industry, hospital, academics and government (public health).

Expert has extensive experience in genetic manipulations of DNA and RNA, including cloning, recombinant DNA, and DNA sequencing. He also has solid expertise in all variations of PCR, including real time PCR. Further, he is a "RNA" scientist by training, with extensive experience in RNA manipulations, including RNA isolation, sequencing, RT-PCR and real time RT-PCR.

In addition to molecular diagnostics, Expert has significant interest and experience in DNA fingerprinting technology and applications. He has particular interest in applications of fingerprinting applications of microbial pathogens for disease surveillance and outbreak investigations. He has developed many applications using a variety of different fingerprinting technologies, including PFGE, hybridization-based, and PCR-based methods.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Richmond, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1983 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Medical Biochemistry Institution: West Virginia University
Year: 1979 Degree: M.S. Subject: Biochemistry Institution: Duquesne University
Year: 1977 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Biochemistry Institution: Kuwait University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: State Molecular Biologist Department: Public Health Laboratories Responsibilities: Expert is responsible for developing new nucleic acids-based tests for clinical diagnostics, surveillance, and infectious disease outbreak investigations.
Years: 1992 to 1998 Employer: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Title: Program Coordinator Department: Division of Molecular Diagnostics Responsibilities: He was responsible for development of molecular diagnsotics tests for genetic and infectious diseases. He was also in charge of daily supervision of testing as well as technical troubleshooting.
Years: 1991 to 1992 Employer: Applied Genetics Laboratories, Inc. Title: Staff Scientist Department: Responsibilities: He worked on applied R&D in gene identification; managed projects and personnel; and, provided technical consultation.
Years: 1987 to 1991 Employer: Florida State University Title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: He was responsible for isolating small nuclear RNAs and their genes from the sea urchin. This included investigating the expression of these genes during development. He also provided technical consultation.
Years: 1986 to 1987 Employer: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Title: Research Specialist Department: Biotechnology Responsibilities: He was responsible for the establishment of Kuwait's first molecular biology laboratory, as well as development of new methods, procedures, and policies.
Years: 1985 to 1986 Employer: Kuwait University School of Medicine Title: Assistant Professor Department: Microbiology Responsibilities: He studied rheumatic fever in Kuwait, and taught courses in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Years: 1983 to 1984 Employer: University of Michigan School of Medicine Title: Research Scholar Department: Biological Sciences Responsibilities: He studied transfer RNA genes in the frog.
Years: 1995 to 1998 Employer: The Thomas Starzl Transplant Institute Title: Scientific Member Department: Responsibilities: He provided molecular biology/diagnostics technical consultation to members of the Institute as it related to their work in the internationally-known organ transplantation program.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: to Present Agency: NH Public Health Laboratories Role: State Molecular Biologist Description: He has been the State of New Hampshire's Molecular Biologist, a senior executive.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1984 to 1987 Country / Region: Kuwait Summary: Between 1984 and 1987, he served in the Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University as assistant professor. He also served as a Biotechnology Research Specialist in the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including two book chapters. He also has numerous presentations both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as several workshops on DNA fingerprinting and molecular diagnostics.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert presented several workshops on DNA fingerprinting and molecular diagnostics technologies. He also presented seminars on using molecular diagnostics for surveillance purposes and public health concerns.
Vendor Selection
Expert is an expert in laboratory product sourcing as he has practiced this skill much of his 30-year career.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Arabic Native Arabic speaker, most dialects.

Fields of Expertise

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