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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Dec 2011:    Bachelor of Science in Biology, GPA 3.73, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Work Experience:

July 2011 to Current  

Research Technician in Dr. Diana Northup’s Lab at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

o   Conducts molecular/microbial aseptic techniques including: DNA extractions from environmental samples and culture samples, DNA amplification of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, gel electrophoresis, bacterial cloning, Sanger sequencing, real-time PCR, light and scanning electron microcopy, bacterial media production and formulation, and isolation and maintenance (freezer stocks) of bacterial (specifically Actinobacteria) and fungal cultures. Devises improved culture isolation techniques. Documents and maintains culture collection.

o   Participates in fieldwork, including collection of bacteria and fungus from soil and bats.

o   Performs computer work, including data base entry (File Maker Pro), sequence editing (Sequencher program), 454 pipeline analysis (Qiime Metagenomic analysis and R Statistical software), and phylogenetic analysis (Bioedit and MEGA programs).

o   Assists with report writing for funding agencies, including preparation of data summaries.

o   Teaches new lab students molecular biology and microbiological techniques.

o   Monitors lab safety and orders lab supplies.

 

May-June 2011

Worked in the Museum of Southwest Biology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

o   Entered and organized mammal data base information

o   Processed and prepared mammal bones and bodies for long term storage

 

August 2010- April 2011

Research Assistant in Dr. Steven Poe’s Lab with support from the Undergraduate Opportunity Program (UnO) at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

o   Fieldwork included collection and preservation of Anolis and Sceloporus reptile genera.

o   Summer 2010- Field Research in Chiapas and Oaxaca Mexico collecting reptiles and amphibians.

o   Conducted DNA extraction from reptile tissue samples, DNA amplification (PCR), and gel electrophoresis to identify and create a reptile Anolis phylogeny.

o   Work was presented in oral presentation titled, “Phylogeny of the Anolis cupreus species group in Central America.”

 

August-December 2008

Research Assistant in Dr. Champ S. Gopalan’s Lab with support from the

Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Program at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

o   Conducted molecular experiments including: Cellular transformation, RNA extraction, and Western/Northern blotting.

o   Monitored growth of transformed plant specimens.  

 

July 2007; January-May 2008

Research Assistant in a Dr. Jinfa Zhang’s Lab with support from the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Program at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

o   Conducted molecular experiments including: DNA extraction from young cotton leaves, DNA amplification (PCR), gel electrophoresis, and polyacrylamide (PAGE) gels

o   Fieldwork included careful selection of young cotton plant leaves from a cotton plant farm.

 

Posters and Presentations:


April 2015      

Presented poster on “Investigating Bat Actinobacterial Microbiota and Natural Defenses against White-nose Syndrome” at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Regional Meeting in Durango, CO.

 

April 2013

Presented PowerPoint presentation titled “WNS: What’s new Symposium” at the Bureau of Land Management Office in Santa Fe, NM.

 

April 2012      

Presented poster on “Looking in Cold, Dark Places for Geomyces destructans:

Understanding the fungal Backdrop of White Nose Syndrome” at the University

of New Mexico Biology Department’s Annual Research Day, Albuquerque, NM.

 

December 2008          

Presented PowerPoint presentation on “Gene Expression Related to Nitrogen

Metabolism during Leaf Senescence in Plants” at the Annual Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Conference at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

September 2008         

Presented poster on “Mapping the Chromosomal Location of a Fertility Restorer Gene in Cotton” at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS) at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

 

September 2007         

Presented poster on “Mapping the Chromosomal Location of a Fertility Restorer

Gene in Cotton” at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS) at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

 

Academic Recognition and Awards:


Fall 2011        

Graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

 

Fall 2010 to Fall 2011

Selected for Dean’s List for good academic standing in the college of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

 

Fall 2010        

Recipient of the Hispanic Woman’s Council Scholarship

 

Spring and Fall 2009

Selected for Dean’s List for good academic standing in the college of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

 

Internships

Fall 2008        

Internship with Stipend from the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) at

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

 

Spring 2008   

Internship with Stipend from the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) at

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Summer 2007 

Internship with Stipend from the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) at

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

 

Unpublished Technical Reports:


Northup, D.E., Buecher, D.C., Caimi, N.A., Porras-Alfaro, A. Searching for Close Relatives of Pseudogymnoascus destructans and Clues to Natural Defenses in Bat Microbiota in Carlsbad Caverns National Park (CAVE) Final Report 2015. 19 pp.

 

Northup, D.E., Caimi, N.A., Buecher, D.C., Porras-Alfaro, A. Exploring Bat Microbiota for Potential Natural Defenses Against White-Nose Syndrome Final Report 2015. 15pp.

 

Northup, D.E. and Caimi, N.A. Service-wide Investigation of Geomyces destructans (a.k.a Pseudogymnoascus) in National Park Service Caves Final Report 2014. 13pp.

 

Northup, D.E. and Caimi, N.A. Fort Stanton Cave-Snowy River National Conservation Area. White-Nose Syndrome and Ferromanganese Deposit Research Final Report 2014. 29pp.

 

Caimi, N.A and Hughes, K.J. 2013. Final Report to the Bureau of Land Management for the Emergency Hire of Nicole Caimi and Kaitlyn Hughes from February 2013-April 3013. 23pp.

 

Papers in Preparation:

WIU: Hamm, P., Lueschow, S., Porras-Alfaro, A. UNM: Caimi, N.A., Northup, D.E., Buecher, D.C., Valdez, E. USDA: Dunlap, C., Labeda, D. Evaluation of Actinobacteria against Pseudogymnoascus destructans

 

Northup, D.E., Buecher, D.C., Caimi, N.A., Porras-Alfaro, A., Hughes, K.H., Southwestern caves host close relatives and microclimate conditions conducive to the growth of Pseudogymnoascus destructans

 

Community Service:


April 2015

Guest speaker at the Brown Bag Seminar for 21st Century Academy 8th graders.  Hosted by: Andy Cordova, 21st Century Academy and Dr. Diana E. Northup, UNM Biology

 

January 2011

Science Fair Judge, Jefferson Middle School, Hosted by: Steven Kaestner Albuquerque, NM

         I judged students posters based on their scientific thought, creative ability, skill, thoroughness, and clarity.

 

August 2007- May 2008

Volunteer Roadrunner Program through Associated Students of New Mexico State University. Hosted by: ASNMSU

       Participated in various community service projects on the NMSU campus and in the city of Las Cruces.

 

Research Lab Training of Undergraduate Students in Molecular Biology and Microbiological techniques:


Matthew Medina, Graduate Student- University of Michigan

 Edward Strach, UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ogo N., UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant

Krystal Charley, IMSD Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Patrick Lewis, UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hannah Qualls, UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant Volunteer                

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Nicole Caimi,
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