Drew Miles

Biochemist (B.S.) with research experience in Air Sensitive Synthetic Chemistry and Protein Stability
Biochemist (B.S.) with research experience in Air Sensitive Synthetic Chemistry and Protein Stability
  • Castaic, CA
  • August 20, 2020

Motivated to apply my knowledge of and training in chemical synthesis and biochemistry and my abilities to enhance operations and facilitate discovery at the forefront of biomedical sciences.

E-mail
drewgmiles@gmail.com
Phone Number
6617537431

Education

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (B.S.) @ California Lutheran University
Sep 2016 — May 2020
• 3.55 GPA
• Completed supplemental coursework with an emphasis on organic synthesis including Advanced Organic Chemistry, and Modern Synthetic Methods.
• Laboratory coursework included Quantitative Chemistry (including use of HPLC), Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 and 2, Intro Biology Experimentation II, and General Chemistry Laboratory 1 and 2.
• Completed a Seminar Capstone project on the antinociception of novel mitragynine alkaloids in mice.

Experience

Undergraduate Researcher of Synthetic Chemistry @ California Lutheran University-laboratory of Professor Jason S. Kingsbury
Jun 2019 — Sep 2019
Undergraduate Researcher of Synthetic Chemistry in the laboratory of Professor Jason S. Kingsbury-Thousand Oaks, CA 06/2019 - 09/2019
• Trained in use of glovebox, solvent purification system and general Schlenk/vacuum line techniques.
• Performed air sensitive chemistry synthesizing aziridines and using aziridines for further transformation.
• Successfully synthesized (R)-2-phenyl-N-acetylaziridine and characterized material by IR/NMR and MP analysis.
• Reviewed literature and tagged for the synthesis of azacycles by a Tandem Takai Olefination/3-Aza-Claisen rearrangement of (R)-2-phenyl-N-acetylaziridine.
• Optimized the steps and scaled up the aziridine synthesis.
• Presented a poster of my research at California Lutheran University’s annual OURCS Research Symposium during Fall of 2019.
Departmental Assistant (DA)-Organic and General Chemistry @ California Lutheran University
Jan 2019 — May 2020
• Tutored and lead discussion groups individually and in groups of up to 10 by reteaching and reviewing lesson concepts and drawing reaction mechanisms.
• Served as a general study habit coach and motivator to underrepresented and struggling students.
• Graded routine homework assignments, and laboratory reports under guidelines and answer keys from Doctors. Jason Kingsbury and Christopher Bernt.
• Promoted student learning by providing individualized and small group support to reinforce classroom topics.
• Designed and selected my own problems/exercises on an as-needed basis to promote individual student comprehension.
Undergraduate Researcher of Biochemistry @ California Lutheran University- laboratory of Professor Katherine Hoffmann
Jun 2018 — Sep 2018
• Researched and designed differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments to maximize the stability of FslA protein for future kinetic work in lab under supervision of Dr. Katherine Hoffman.
• Overexpressed protein of interest (R351Q FslA) and purified using Start Fast Performance Liquid Chromatography with a HisTrap FF 5 ml Ni column.
• Planned isothermal calorimetry experiments to conduct in lab.
• Presented a poster of my research at California Lutheran University’s annual OURCS Research Symposium during Fall of 2018.

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