I always thought the influence of life showed an endless amount of opportunity inspiring open minds. My academic curiosity and my interpretations of ideas is what surrounds me. Propelling my curiosity in different fields and relationships of science, I have taught myself how to learn convergently through my art, in the from of divergent artistic representations and transcriptions in:
- Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
- Simple and complex examples of endo and exocytosis
- Active Transport
- Membrane specific large polar molecule interference. Focus on hydrophobicity of cell membrane active and passive (Ca/Na/K) pumps
- Molecular Gradients
- Light perception in retina with PH flux.
- GPCR's (G-protein coupled receptors)
- Imaging cerebellar tissue of genetic CRISPR recombinant specimen using confocal and light sheet microscopy.
- Endocannabinoid system
So, I have decided to take what I have learned in addition to my talents and apply them. So far I have had some failures, but I have been resilient through them. In my approach I have proven myself with my partners to continue at aiming to create a new generation of how we build, learn, grow, and adapt to all that science has to offer.
Emerald Scientific — Manufacturer Distributor
University of Illinois at Chicago— Collective of research labs devoted to neuroscience.
Vanderbilt University — Heidi Hamm lab, devoted to understanding of translation, modulation, and regulation of G-protein coupled receptor function. (GPCR)
The Art Institute of Chicago — Platform for inspiring open minds through a collective of art students wanting to gain real experience in Bio-Medical Visualization.
THAR Process — Global Scientific Liaison. Travel across the world preforming IQ, OQ, PQ on various scaled pre/post extraction and refining technology in the cannabis industry.
I grew up in a small town and had my fathers grade school teachers. As I grew up I learned something from my observable surroundings. Somethings on the topic of construction, somethings on classical drafting, somethings on computer aided drafting, somethings on addiction, somethings on depression, and most things on science. As I grew older I wanted to know what the term chemical imbalance meant, because it seemed that is why my life had incurred so much detriment.
Taking those classical and computer drafting skills I developed my own therapeutic way of conceptualizing art. I was only given a few opportunities to utilize these skills that I found much success in to which carried me far. At that time in my life, even though I was shrouded on some of the hardest pain reliving drugs on the market, I rendered 3D images of synthetic micelle assemblies for targeted therapeutic delivery in cancer research.
This allowed researchers to conceptually visualize certain expressed ligands. More broadly, GFP markers were easily attached to the over expression of the ligands. In addition, due to cancer having a greater affinity to folate, assimilation of the micelle would occur acting as a vehicle for therapeutic transport and florescent imaging.
From these images I was rendering, I started to learn more of the language from the comparison of analytics, this inspired my curiosity even further! However, physical set backs stopped me in my tracks, a degenerative disk disease became a new obstacle to overcome. As I went through paralysis, managing pain, and countless physical therapy sessions, I continued to always move forward to better understand what was happening to me. It was through family, friends, science, academia, imaging, and art that I found resilience.
My next opportunity was awarded as a conceptual piece in a collaborative Capstone project with the help of Dr. Sivanthian’s team (UIC). I worked in a micro-physics laboratory of Dr. Sivanthian that conceptualized a portable micro-urinary analysis assay for stage III clinical testing. The purpose was to test new drugs in remote locations. This technology wirelessly sends data to a doctor for collection and analysis.
However, after such success, I suffered the most demonstrative paralyzing event of my life, and was paralyzed for 3 months. I managed to keep in touch with Dr. Malchow through the surgery I had, reading research papers to create an elaborate piece of artwork depicting PH flux in extracellular space showing a new ATP break through finding behind his research. With time and therapy, I recovered with only partial paralysis in my left leg and foot. What was most inspiring to me was my development of talents in visualization, delving further into my imagination I have ever been. Then the most amazing thing happened, I stopped using the hard drugs that I was put on and turned to cannabis. A whole new light was blanketing everything in life. This left me with a renewed focus of my goal of becoming a researcher while specializing in new techniques in biomedical visualization.
I worked closely with a colleagues and a close friend in Dr. Doug Feinstein's research on neuro-inflammation pathways that correlated to Alzheimer's disease. In the Feinstein lab, again I collaborated a proof of concept in CLARITY techniques within UIC labs. This powerful technique allows us to transform tissues into transparent analogs for enhanced imaging and 3D reconstruction. In addition to the collaboration, a guest lecturing opportunity at the Art Institute in Chicago was offered to me. To top it off, I was asked to join a neuroscience committee to create an animation showing diffusion of an acute anti-inflammatory research drug for TBI patients. We placed second overall in a nationwide come to market competition.
After completing these projects at UIC, I requested a visit to the Heidi Hamm lab at Vanderbilt University. After my visit, I was offered to platform the CLARITY protocol in Heidi's lab. I started traveling back an forth from Chicago to Nashville and back for some time to platform the CLARITY protocol to map granular cell correlated with GPCR mechanisms. Once the platform infrastructure was in place and funding was available I left Chicago to pursue my dreams in Nashville. I successfully acquired global vascular images that was under the hypothesis of correlation in morphological changes about the degradation of granule cells in cerebellum.
During my time in Nashville I got another opportunity in a lab on the west coast. But this particular lab was licensed in cannabis extraction production. I finished my project acquiring images at Vanderbilt and moved out West.
I was introduced to processing hemp and succeeded in a very short time. I was promoted to lab manager as a result of my extensive lab background. As an accomplished pre/post processor to a cannabis lab manager to where I currently reside in the cannabis space, I have been extremely challenged. In particular, with my academic research background, along with my visualization techniques, managing skills, post processing techniques, I aim to help individuals with proper cannabinoid and terpene profiling using chromatography techniques. In addition, I am streamlining specific pre/post processing workflow to help identify pick bottlenecks to attain daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly goals. In addition, my scientific knowledge along with relationships within the cannabis industry I aim to guide the public on relevant techniques and good information.
With my past opportunity with Emerald Scientific and current opportunity with THAR Process, I have developed close trusting business relationships. In developing cannabis' best service in the industry with every new relationship, I am gaining more inertia everyday. While my past hands-on work experience provided me a well-rounded skill set in cannabis, it is now my pre/post processing streamlining of large scale oil production that now gives me the most day to day. Setting the milestones for a billion dollar business is now in my horizon.
In my next journey I plan to profile more cannabinoids with the entourage of terpenes to stage longevity in clinical tests. I also aim to create a more relateable customer experience across strains for different types of customer experiences. In doing so, I hope to utilize my background knowledge and experience in molecular pharmacology, neuroscience, biology, chemistry, and physics to expand greater insights into how cannabis and it's continuance can be utilized as a natural medicine.