CURRICULUM VITAE

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Last updated: October 2017


EDUCATION

Fall 2015 - Present

CLARK UNIVERSITY
Doctor of Philosophy, Biology
Advisor: Dr. Philip Bergmann

Fall 2011 - Spring 2014

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
Bachelors of Science, Biology


Research Positions

January 2015 - June 2015

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
BioTox Sciences: San Diego, CA

Executing in-vivo pharmacokinetics, toxicology, physiology, and behavior based studies.
Model Organisms: mouse, rat, rabbit, canine, porcine, and non-human primate

June 2013 - August 2014

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER
University of California, Riverside
Advisor: Dr. Tim Higham

Assisted lab members with research projects: data collection and filming related to terrestrial and aquatic biomechanics.
Model organism: lizards and centrarchid fishes

January 2012 - June 2013

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
University of California, Riverside
Advisor: Dr. Leonard Nunney

Assisted graduate student with research projects related to evolutionary and genetic change in body mass due to temperature variation.
Model organism: Drosophila melanogaster


Illustration Publications

  1. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 55, Cover image
  2. Higham, T.E., W.J. Stewart, and P.C. Wainwright. 2015. Turbulence, temperature, and turbidity: The ecomechanics of predator-prey interactions in fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 55, 6-20
  3. Higham, T.E., A. Birn-Jeffery, C.E. Collins, C.D. Hulsey, and A.P. Russell. 2015. Adaptive simplification and the evolution of gecko locomotion: Morphological and biomechanical consequences of losing adhesion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112
  4. Higham, T.E., R.W. Clark, C.E. Collins, M.D. Whitford, and G.A. Freymiller. 2017. Rattlesnakes are extremely fast and variable when striking at kangaroo rats in nature: Three-dimensional high-speed kinematics at night. Scientific Reports. 7, 40412.

Presentations

  1. Amy Cheu 2016. Complex Form-Function Relationships in Whole Organism Performance. Oral Presentation. Bumpus Symposium. Clark University, MA
  2. Amy Cheu, Philip Bergmann 2017. Increasing complexity when considering multiple modes of locomotion. Poster Presentation. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference, New Orleans, LA
  3. Amy Cheu, Philip Bergmann 2017. Increasing complexity when considering multiple modes of locomotion. Poster Presentation. Multidisciplinary Conference, Clark University, MA
  4. Amy Cheu 2017. Electromyography: Quantifying muscle activity patterns. Oral Presentation. Bumpus Symposium. Clark University, MA

Teaching Positions

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, Clark University
BIOL 101/103 - Environmental and Conservation Biology (Fall 2015, 2016)
BIOL 084 - Biodiversity (Spring 2016)
BIO 111 - Functional Anatomy (Spring 2017)


AWARDS

TRAVEL
2017: Clark University Biology Travel Award - $500


ACADEMIC Services and OUTREACH

GRADUATE MENTORSHIP, Clark University
Rob Holden (Winter 2016 - May 2017) - MS Student

UNDEGRADUATE MENTORSHIP, Clark University
Kristen Glennie (Summer 2017 - Present)
Lana Le (Spring 2017 - Present)
Mary Molloy (Fall 2016 - Winter 2017)
Muhaj Azeez (Winter 2016 - Summer 2016)
Jordan Majka (Winter 2016 - Summer 2016)

CLARK UNIVERSITY SERVICES
Graduate Student Association (Fall 2015 - Present)
GSA Travel Award Judge (Fall 2017)

OTHER OUTREACH
Sherman Fairchild Summer Research Program. Clark University, MA
Imaging Across the Scales, Workshop

Digestive System Anatomy Demo for University Park Campus School, MA
Anatomy demonstration for 9th graders


ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIPS

SOCIETY OF INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY 2017 - Present


TECHNICAL SKILLS

* indicates high proficiency

SOFTWARE

  • Adobe Creative Programs* (Photoshop CC, Illustrator CS6, Lightroom CS6, InDesign CS6)
  • Matlab, R Statistical Software*

EQUIPMENT / TECHNIQUES 

  • Highspeed video cameras* (Photon FASTCAM, Phantom, CASIO)
  • Digital SLR Cameras* (All Canon models)
  • Electromyography*, Sonomicrometry
  • In-vivo dosing* (rodent, porcine, canine, non-human primate) via: IM, IP, SQ, IV, Oral

REFERENCES

Dr. PHILIP BERGMANN
Clark University
Department of Biology
Worcester, MA 01610
pbergmann@clarku.edu

Dr. SUSAN FOSTER
Clark University
Department of Biology
Worcester, MA 01610
sfoster@clarku.edu

Dr. TIM HIGHAM
University of California, Riverside
Evolution, Evology, and Organismal Biology
Riverside, CA 92521
thigham@ucr.edu