Research Associate, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State Univ. Agricultural Center, St. Gabriel, LA. Responsibilities include:
- Supervising Advanced Technology lab at the Audubon Sugar Institute. Lab activities include all necessary analytical techniques required to support sugar factory operations
- ( purity, color, pol, Brix, conductivity, moisture etc.)
- Supervising undergraduate student workers and MS students; assisting Ph.D. students in the laboratory.
- Developing a unique procedure for crystal size analysis, which has become an annual service that AgCenter, Audubon Sugar Institute provides to eleven sugar factories in Louisiana. It has become an important tool in optimizing the whole process at the sugar factory and to minimize the sugar loss. Currently, the only researcher at the Audubon who operates the Particle Size Analyzer.
- Providing technical a logistical assistance to the research group directed by my supervisor for a variety of projects including a large USDA funded project on biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals.
- Assisting Louisiana factories with performance assessment by collecting and analyzing samples for molasses exhaustion and sucrose purity in the manufacturing environment; this information was critical for factory optimization during the grinding season.
- Participating in validation of the laboratory results for a Louisiana sugar refinery as a part of troubleshooting efforts.
- Preparing specialized sugar samples for HPLC to analyze fructose and glucose contents in the samples. Conducting bagasse compositional analyses during and after processing season.
- Reporting monthly about the lab performance and daily during the crop season.
- Conducting literature searches.
- Maintaining all lab equipment by following current standards and maintenance schedules.
- Keeping MSDS and the safety papers updated.
- Communicating with equipment vendors and suppliers.
- Maintaining all necessary chemical inventory and lab supplies.
- Possessing flexibility and adaptation to a changing work environment; ability to work
- independently as well as part of a team.
- Showing excellent organizational skills and record keeping ability; strong attention to
Research Biologist, Institute of Zoology, Belarusian Academy of Sciences, Minsk. Responsibilities included:
- Parasitological research on wild animals dealing with ticks, mites, fleas, lice and intestinal micro- and macro parasites of rodents and insectivores, for the identification of collected specimens using microscope.
- Conducted ecological research on ectoparasitic arthropods in the areas affected by Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station explosion.
- Supervised lab technicians and student workers involved in specimen collecting, processing and identification.
- Completed four years in extramural PhD graduate program:
- 1985-90: MS Student, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus.
- 1984-85: Lab Technician, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk.
- Performed fieldwork for the Laboratory of Parasitology; was responsible for collecting, processing and sorting research specimen; preparation of permanent microscope slides; as a part of a team collected specimen on 15 km zone polluted after Chernobyl nuclear explosion