Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Summary
Professional Experience, Writing & Editing
Professional Experience, Academic
Education
Peer-reviewed Publications
Conference Seminars and Presentations
Honors and Awards
Professional Affiliations

Summary

I am a molecular biologist and geneticist by training, with ten years of graduate/post-doctoral experience conducting bench research and authoring peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. I am currently a full-time senior medical writer at a medical communications agency, where I support pharmaceutical therapeutics in pre-clinical and clinical development. My writing experience spans both medical and commercial materials.

I am concurrently a freelance writer and editor with experience developing scientific content for diverse target audiences. My writing has covered a range of topics across the medical and biological disciplines, as well as science education, communication, and science policy.
Academic Background: doctorate in molecular biology; three years of postdoctoral research experience in chromatin organization and epigenetics.

Communication Background: 1.5+ years’ experience as a medical writer; 2+ years’ experience as a freelance science writer and editor; 4+ years’ experience as a professor; author of peer-reviewed journal articles, a peer-reviewed book chapter, medical news features, science press releases, and science news articles for a professional society; presenter at national scientific conferences, including a seminar lecture.

• Lead content developer supporting therapeutics in pre-clinical, clinical, and post-launch phases of development
• Lead content developer supporting therapeutics in pre-clinical, clinical, and post-launch phases of development
• Content development experience includes CME/DSE slide decks (including pharmacokinetics, cell signaling pathways, and neuroimaging), internal training decks, web site content, mechanism-of-disease/mechanism-of-action video scripts, advisory boards, and promotional brochures
• Extensive experience analyzing and interpreting clinical trials publications; experience analyzing and interpreting regulatory documents, including CSRs, BLAs, and NDAs
• On-site representative of agency medical team for client-led US and Global advisory boards; experience translating thought leader opinions into strategic recommendations for pre-clinical and clinical development programs
• Extensive experience in multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and hemophilia; experience in eosinophilic esophagitis, iron deficiency anemia, and ischemic stroke
• Editorial experience in the development of academic manuscripts and CME/DSE content
• Proficient at managing multiple deliverables simultaneously at varying stages of development, both independently and within a team environment
• Experience with electronic document review platforms, statistical software (including GraphPad Prism), and bioinformatic analytical platforms (including Linux and R); advanced Excel, PowerPoint, and Word capabilities

Professional Experience, Writing & Editing

BGB Group, New York, NY
Senior Medical Writer—August 2017–Present
Medical Writer—September 2016–August 2017

Accomplishments:
• Beginning in Q2 2017, provided strategic and tactical support for the US launch of a novel therapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis
• Worked with clients to develop the unbranded campaign and strategic messaging platform
• Played integral and/or lead role in developing tactical content, including advisory boards, unbranded speaker decks, unbranded microsite, and a mechanism-of-disease video
• Through combined integration of disease state knowledge, TL recommendations, and cross-agency partnerships, helped to develop pre-launch and launch-readiness tactical plans
• Provided various internal and external support, including: identifying and recommending TLs for steering committees and advisory boards; leading external regulatory reviews; providing up-to-date disease state and clinical learnings to internal team to facilitate cross-department scientific understanding of brand

Edanz Group Ltd.
Press Release Writer; November 2017–Present
• Science news press release author for EurekAlert!, ScienceDaily, and other news venues
Manuscript Editor; August 2017–Present
• Subject matter experience: genetics, immunology, medicine/clinical trials, molecular biology, neurology, signal transduction

Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Bronx, NY: Department of Communication and Public Affairs
Science and Medical News Writer, Institutional Web Site; 2016–2017
• Wrote feature articles, student spotlights, and research roundups

American Society for Cell Biology
Contributing Writer and Editor, Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) Blog; 2015–2016

Professional Experience, Academic Research

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Postdoctoral Research Fellow—August 2013–September 2016
• Investigated the role of linker histone H1 in the regulation of core histone epigenetics and gene expression using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system

Research Skills and Experience:

• Characterizing chromatin architecture through qPCR-based chromatin immunoprecipitation, DNAse hypersensitivity, and chromosome conformation capture
• Analyzing next generation sequencing data, including RNA-seq and ChIP-seq; experience with Samtools, Bedtools, Bowtie, Tophat, Cufflinks, R, and Homer
• Analysis of protein structure and protein–protein interactions; experience with SWISS-MODEL, PyMOL, PDB Viewer, HADDOCK, Phyre2, ClustalW
• Extensive experience with standard molecular biology techniques, including cell culture, protein-protein interactions, nucleic acid isolation and purification, protein expression-based reporter assays, molecular cloning, restriction enzyme digestion, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, and SDS-PAGE/Western blotting
• Experience developing successful grants and peer-reviewed publications

Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY
IRACDA Research Associate—May 2014–Present
• Assessed quantitative reasoning and scientific writing skills in Chemistry laboratory reports of STEM majors
• Redesigned the assessment scheme to enhance reproducibility
• Overhauling classroom interventions to improve students’ quantitative reasoning and scientific writing

American Society for Cell Biology
Microsymposia Entrant Judge, ASCB Annual Meeting—2016

Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Curriculum Developer and Adjunct Assistant Professor—2016
Course: Biotechnology in the 21st Century
• Developed a course for non-science majors to understand basic science underlying current innovations and trends in biotechnology. Students are taught the basics of biotech science and discuss the societal and ethical implications that arise from the use of these technologies. Students also have the opportunity for hands-on experience in using basic molecular biology laboratory techniques to address case studies that mirror real-world applications
• Course curriculum was designed using a backward learning design method, and the utilized as a means to test active techniques aimed at enhancing student engagement, participation, and knowledge retention

Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Adjunct Assistant Professor, General Biology Laboratory—2015–2016
• Redesigned assessment method of student writing performance in laboratory reports

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Student Mentor—September 2014 –December 2015
• Mentored early-stage graduate students
• Mentored a high school student whose work was entered in the Intel ISEF and Siemens Competitions

Fordham University School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Purchase, NY
Senior Teaching Fellow and Professor, Ecology—September 2012–May 2013
Course: Ecology for non-majors
• Designed course curriculum

American Institute of Biological Sciences, Washington, DC
Congressional Visits Day Student Representative—March 2012
• As part of a team of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scientists, met with staff members to senatorial and congressional representatives to advocate for continued federal funding of scientific research (offices of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Robert Menendez, Rep. Eliot Engel, and Rep. Rush Holt)
• Relayed individual experiences in research, the relevance of my research to addressing human disease, and the importance of nationally funded basic research to ensuring continued improvement of society through scientific discovery

City University of New York, New York, NY
Judge for the New York City Science and Engineering Fair—March 2012

Fordham University Department of Biological Sciences, Bronx, NY
Teaching Assistant, Genetics Laboratory—September 2007–May 2011
• Taught pre-lab lectures for Genetics laboratory
• Participated in redesign of laboratory curriculum, including research-intensive molecular biology modules designed to mirror the scientific process

Fordham University Department of Biological Sciences, Bronx, NY
Student Mentor—September 2007–May 2010
• Mentored three undergraduate students, whose work was featured in published manuscripts
• Assisted student in completing senior thesis project

Fordham University Department of Biological Sciences, Bronx, NY
Biology Graduate Student Association Committee Member— September 2008–May 2009
• Student representative for the cell biology division of the Fordham biology graduate program
• Monitored student concerns and suggestions for program improvements, which were liaised through the committee and to the department chair

Education

Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Bronx, NY: Department of Biology
Ph.D., Molecular Biology; 2007–2013
M.S., Molecular Biology; GPA 3.88; 2005–2007

Fordham University, Bronx, NY: Department of Biology
B.S., Biology, Summa cum Laude; GPA 3.98; 2003–2006

SUNY Orange; Middletown, NY
A.A., Music, Faculty Honors; 2001–2003

Continuing Education

Coursera, Johns Hopkins University
Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis; 2016

Coursera, Johns Hopkins University
Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials; 2016

Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Bronx, NY
Fundamentals of Course Design and Teaching; 2015
• Formal training in curriculum design and pedagogical techniques

Peer-reviewed Publications

Andreyeva EN*, Bernardo TJ*, Kolesnikova TD, Lu X, Yarinich LA, Bartholdy BA, Guo X, Posukh OV, Healton S, Willcockson MA, Pindiurin AV, Zhimulev IF, Skoultchi AI, Fyodorov DV. Regulatory functions and chromatin loading dynamics of linker histone H1 during endoreplication in Drosophila. Genes Dev. 2017; 31(6):603–616. [Pubmed]
* equal contribution.

Xu N, Lu X, Kavi H, Emelyanov AV, Bernardo TJ, Vershilova E, Skoultchi AI, Fyodorov DV. BEN domain protein Elba2 can functionally substitute for linker histone H1 in Drosophila in vivo. Sci Rep. 2016;6:34354. [Pubmed]

Bernardo TJ, Dubrovskaya VA, Xie X, Dubrovsky EB. A view through a chromatin loop: insights into the ecdysone activation of early genes in Drosophila. Nuc Acids Res. 2014; 42(16):10409–10424. [Pubmed]

Dubrovsky EB*, Bernardo TJ*. The juvenile hormone receptor and molecular mechanisms of juvenile hormone action. In: Cohen E, ed. Advances in Insect Physiology. Vol 46. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press; 2014. [Pubmed]
* equal contribution.

Bernardo TJ, Dubrovsky EB. Molecular mechanisms of transcription activation by juvenile hormone: a critical role for bHLH-PAS and nuclear receptor proteins. Insects. 2012; 3(1):324–338. [Pubmed]

Bernardo TJ, Dubrovsky EB. The Drosophila juvenile hormone receptor candidates Methoprene-tolerant (MET) and Germ cell-expressed (GCE) utilize a conserved LIXXL motif to bind the FTZ-F1 nuclear receptor. J Biol Chem. 2012; 287(10):7821–7833. [Pubmed]

Dubrovsky EB, Dubrovskaya VA, Bernardo TJ, Otte V, DiFilippo R, Bryan H. The Drosophila FTZ-F1 nuclear receptor mediates juvenile hormone activation of E75A gene expression through an intracellular pathway. J Biol. Chem. 2011;286(38):33689–33700. [Pubmed]

Bernardo TJ, Dubrovskaya VA, Jannat H, Maughan B, Dubrovsky EB. Hormonal regulation of the E75 gene in Drosophila: identifying functional regulatory elements through computational and biological analysis. J Mol Biol. 2009; 387(4):794-808. [Pubmed]

Conference Seminars and Presentations

Nunez Rodriguez N, Bernardo TJ, Bhansali P. The guided revision of laboratory reports in a chemistry class for science majors identifies strategies for effective development and assessment of student quantitative reasoning. 217th Conference, 2YC3, Creative Teaching Strategies, Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY, 2017.

Nunez Rodriguez N, Bernardo TJ, Bhansali P, Xu N. The guided revision of laboratory reports in a chemistry class for science majors identifies strategies for effective development and assessment of student quantitative reasoning. 13th Annual Conference, International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Los Angeles, CA, 2016.

Bernardo TJ, Bhansali P, Blackwood C, Xu N, Rodriguez N. Teaching VALUEs: effective strategies to develop and assess student quantitative reasoning through laboratory report writing in a chemistry class. IRACDA Conference, Tucson, AZ, 2016.

Rodriguez N, Bernardo TJ, Blackwood C, Bhansali P, Xu N. Developing students’ quantitative reasoning in chemistry 210 class for science and engineering majors. Hostos Research Day, Bronx, NY, 2016.

Bernardo TJ. Chromosome conformation capture and ecdysone signaling: insights into the regulation of early genes. Symposium lecture at the Drosophila Research Conference Ecdysone Workshop, Washington, D.C., 2013.

Bernardo TJ, Dubrovsky EB. Dissection of the NR box-dependent interaction between the bHLH-PAS paralogs MET and GCE and the FTZ-F1 nuclear receptor. Drosophila Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 2012.

Dubrovsky EB, Bernardo TJ, Dubrovskaya VA, Bryan H. Molecular basis for juvenile hormone activation of gene expression in Drosophila. International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science, Amsterdam, 2011.

Bernardo TJ, Dubrovskaya VA, Bryan H, DiFilippo R, Dubrovsky EB.  FTZ-F1 is required for JH activation of E75A and interacts with MET to regulate gene expression. Drosophila Research Conference, Washington, D.C, 2010.

Bernardo TJ, Jannat H, Maughan B, Dubrovskaya VA, Berger E, Dubrovsky EB. Characterizing the transcriptional regulation of the Drosophila E75 gene through analysis of upstream non-coding DNA. Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA, 2008.

Honors and Awards

American Society for Cell Biology COMPASS Writer of the Year—2016

National Institutes of Health NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award—2015 – 2017
• Competitive award given by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Harry Eagle Scholar Award—2014 – 2015
• Distinguished award given to postdoctoral fellows

National Institutes of Health K12 Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA)—2014 – 2015
• Postdoctoral training program designed to provide instruction and mentorship in developing innovative teaching techniques and gain experience in the classroom

Fordham Senior Teaching Fellowship—2012 – 2013
• One-year fellowship to design and conduct undergraduate-level science course at the Fordham School of Continuing Studies

Fordham Research Fellowship—2011 – 2012
• One-year fellowship to develop and increase impact of dissertation research

Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research—2011
• Funded expenditures to conduct pilot chromosome conformation capture assays

Schering-Plough Endowed Fellowship in the Biological Sciences—2009
• Awarded based on academic performance

Fordham Summer Research Fellowship—2008

Phi Beta Kappa Society—Inducted May 2006

National Scholars Honor Society—Inducted May 2006

Phi Theta Kappa Society—Inducted May 2003

Professional Affiliations

American Medical Writers Association—Member since 2016
American Society for Cell Biology—Member since 2015
National Association of Science Writers—Member since 2016

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