My CV

Carla Sette
cmsette@ucsc.edu

EDUCATION 
University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA; 9/2013 – present
(PI: Dr. Barry Sinervo)

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; 8/2011 – 8/20 13
(PI: Dr. Andrew Zink)
Master of Science in Biology; GPA: 4.0
Thesis topic: Temporal and Spatial Variation of Chytridiomycosis across Batrachoseps attenuatus Populations (PI: Dr. Andrew Zink)

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; 9/2003 – 3/2008
Bachelor of Science in Biology, English Minor; GPA: 2.9

AWARDS AND HONORS
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship; 9/2013 – 9/2017.
San Francisco State University’s Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement; 4/2013.
NIH MBRS-RISE Fellowship; 9/2011 – 5/2013.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Master’s Research: Department of Biology, SFSU, 8/2011 – 8/2013.
(Research adviser: Dr. Andrew Zink, in collaboration with Dr. Vance Vredenburg)

I have been examining the role that social behavior plays in transmission of Chytridiomycosis (Bd), by systematically sampling 1300 Batrachoseps attenuatus  (salamander) museum specimens using standard swabbing and qPCR detection techniques. I have compared this data to an additional 200 specimens that were collected from the same sites as Bd-positive specimens to estimate site-level disease prevalence. I will follow up by comparing contemporary and historical prevalence, and will use aggregation measurements in contemporary populations to describe within-site spatial patterns of Bd infection.

Bristol-Myers Squibb, formerly Medarex, Inc., Milpitas, CA; 10/2008 – 8/2011
Research assistant 2, Research automation services; 10/2010 – 8/2011
Research assistant 1, Research automation services; 10/2008 – 10/2010

Working in the Automation Department, I operated large, integrated robotic systems to perform a variety of biological applications.  These systems comprised of mover arms, one or more automated liquid handlers (eg. PerkinElmer Janus, Tecan EVOlution, Velocity11 Vprep), an incubator, a Thermo Scientific Multidrop liquid dispenser, and barcode printer and reader.  I followed weekly task schedules in hybridoma cell culture, antibody screening using HTRF, and genotyping using qPCR.  Additional responsibilities included ordering lab supplies, system troubleshooting, maintaining error logs, and scheduling maintenance and repair visits.  I trained other Research Assistant-level employees in the Automation group in automation system operation and regular maintenance.  I collaborated with the Research Department in a study to optimize the hybridoma growth media used in Automation. After my promotion, I wrote several SOPs for protocols on new automated systems.  I developed and optimized a cell picking protocol for a PerkinElmer Janus liquid handler, and wrote several protocols for Momentum scheduling software.

LabPros, Santa Clara, CA; 7/2008 – 10/2008
Automation lab operator at Medarex, Inc.

I maintained clean room sterile procedures while working in the Automation Department at Medarex, Inc.  I followed weekly task schedules in hybridoma cell culture, antibody screening using HTRF, using large, integrated automated systems.  I prepared buffer and cell culture media.

Biomed Diagnostics, San Jose, CA; 6/1999 – 9/1999
Production assembly

I maintained sterile procedures in a semi-clean room, and assembled and packaged in vitro diagnostic tests for fungi and infectious diseases.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Ohlone College, Fremont, CA; 6/2007 – 7/2007; 6/2006 – 7/2006; 6/2005 – 7/2005; 6/2004 – 7/2004
College for Kids Program instructor

  • Designed, developed, and taught two-week long courses in fourth grade math, Greek Mythology, Arthurian Legend, and Biology for sixth- through ninth-grade students, as well as a four-week long half-day course, English Power Academy, for fifth grade students and an all-day one-week introduction to various scientific concepts, “Science Adventures.”
  • Procured age-appropriate course materials, and classroom supplies.
  • Lead in-class discussions, experiments, games, and writing assignments.

PUBLICATIONS
Sette, C.M., Vredenburg, V.T., Zink, A.G (2013). Connecting historical and contemporary disease dynamics in the California slender salamander. In prep.

PRESENTATIONS
Talks

Sette, C.M.*, Vredenburg, V.T., Zink, A.G., (2013), Chytridiomycosis Disease Ecology across Batrachoseps attenuatus Populations, 25-minute talk.  California-Nevada Amphibian Population Taskforce Meeting, 1/10/2013.

Sette, C.M.*, Vredenburg, V.T., Zink, A.G., (2013), Chytridiomycosis Disease Ecology across Batrachoseps attenuatus Populations, 20-minute talk.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 1/7/2013.

Posters

Sette, C.M.*, Vredenburg, V.T., Zink, A.G., (2013), Characterizing fungal disease presence in California slender salamander, poster. San Francisco State University COSE Student Project Showcase, 5/17/2013.

Sette, C.M.*, Vredenburg, V.T., Zink, A.G., (2013), Characterizing fungal disease presence in California slender salamander, poster. San Francisco State University Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, 5/2/2013.

Sette, C.M.*, Vredenburg, V.T., Zink, A.G., (2012), Chytridiomycosis Disease Ecology across Batrachoseps attenuatus Populations, poster.  Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, 11/10/2012.

SFSU meetings

Vredenburg Lab meeting, 45-minute talk; 4/22/2013.
Genome Evolution class, 45-minute talk; 12/10/2012.
Zink Lab meeting, 45-minute talk; 9/28/2012.
Current Topics in Ecology class, Microbe-Plant-Animal Interactions, 45-minute talk; 4/18/2012.
Zink Lab meeting, 45-minute talk; 3/20/2012.
Behavioral Ecology class, 45-minute talk; 3/15/2012.
Topics in Behavioral Biology class, Kin Selection, 45-minute talk; 4/18/2012.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
American Society for Naturalists; 2013 – present.
The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology; 2012 – present.
 
RELEVANT COURSEWORK
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; 8/2011 – present
Population Genetics, Genome Evolution, Biometry, Behavioral Ecology, General Entomology, Topics in Behavioral Biology: Kin Selection, Current Topics in Ecology: Microbe-Plant-Animal Interactions.

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; 9/2003 – 3/2008
Biology of Vertebrates, Animal Behavior, Primate Behavior, Developmental Biology, Evolution, Plant Physiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Introduction to Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences.
 
Stanford University Continuing Studies, Palo Alto, CA; 1/2010 – 2/2010
SCI 30 Insects: Insects: Creatures that Run the World.

UC Santa Cruz Extension, Cupertino, CA; 1/2009 – 3/2009
2257 – 018: Immunology Principles.

LANGUAGES
Proficient in Spanish.

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