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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Biology Department, MS #32

Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543



The evolution of toxic genes in Alexandrium.

Intrapopulation variation of Alexandrium in the Gulf of Maine.


Fordham University, Bronx, NY. Graduation: February 2003. Research Advisor: Dr. John Wehr.

M.S. major in Biology, concentrations in Ecology and Molecular Biology

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. Graduation: May 1999. Research Advisor: Dr. W. Guy Bradley.

B.S. major in Marine Biology, minor in Chemistry

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Spring Semester Abroad 1998.

Research Advisor: Dr. Bernie Degnan.

Bermuda Biological Station for Research, St. George, Bermuda. Summer 1997 and Winter 1998.

Research Advisor: Dr. Hank Trapido-Rosenthal. Independent studies and one course


Research Assistant III, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, April 2004 – Present.

Work independently on research projects in Don Anderson’s Lab. Research focuses on the study

of harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Maine. Techniques used include: culturing Alexandrium,

PCR, high through-put sequencing.

Research Assistant II, Marine Biological Laboratory. August 2002 – April 2004.

Work independently on numerous research projects as directed by Dr. Fredrick Goetz and Dr. Steven Roberts. Research techniques used regularly include: real time RT-PCR , high through-put sequencing, construction of cDNA libraries, isolation of microsatellites, Northern blots, NU-PAGE, Western blots, cloning, total RNA extraction, mRNA extraction, reverse transcription, PCR, RT-PCR, and DNA extraction. Other responsibilities include: data analysis, writing portions of manuscripts (materials and methods, results, tables, figures, legends), review manuscripts and grants, train interns, produce standard molecular and laboratory reagents (bacterial plates, media, solutions), order lab supplies, keep track of budgets.

Master’s Thesis Research, Fordham University. September 2000 - February 2003.

Thesis title: Phylogenetic relationships of freshwater brown algae (Phaeophyceae) based on Rubisco large subunit and ribosomal DNA sequences. Research involved a molecular and phylogenetic analysis of the 18S rRNA gene and the rbcL gene of freshwater brown algae. Techniques used are culture maintenance, DNA extraction, PCR, high through-put DNA sequencing (at the American Museum of Natural History, NY), and phylogenetic analysis.

Molecular Training, Fordham University. September 2001 – May 2002.

Trained to perform various molecular techniques including: PCR, PCR purification, cloning, manual DNA sequencing, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, RNA extraction, and RT-PCR.

Research Assistant Volunteer, Osborn Labs, NY Aquarium. November 1999 – January 2000.

Participated in research project involving zooxanthellae extraction and isolation. Reviewed journal articles and grants for Dr. Andrew Baker.

Independent Research Project, Molecular Zoology Laboratory, University of Queensland. Spring 1998.

Assisted Ph.D. student, Elizabeth O’Brien, in her research. Performed PCR, ran agarose gels, and analyzed DNA sequences.

Undergraduate Thesis Research, Marine Molecular Physiology Laboratory, Bermuda Biological

Station for Research. Summer 1997 and Winter 1998.

Thesis title: Sequence analysis of a small subunit ribosomal RNA (ssRNA) pseudogene from

symbiotic dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium. Research involved coral identification

and collection, zooxanthellae extraction and isolation, DNA extraction, PCR, RFLP, cloning, and manual DNA sequencing.

Train Interns, Marine Biological Laboratory. September 2003 – Present.

Teach interns molecular techniques including: PCR, running agarose gels, cloning, isolating microsatellites, mRNA extraction, and making bacterial plates, media, and solutions.

Instructor in Introduction to Biology II, Fordham University. Spring 2002.

Responsibilities included: 15-30 minute lecture at the beginning of each laboratory class (twice a week), supervising and guiding students, writing exams with other graduate students and faculty, grading exams, written reports, and laboratory notebooks.

Teaching Assistant to Introduction to Biology I and II, Fordham University. Fall 2000 – Fall 2001.

Responsibilities included: assisting teaching fellow during laboratory, grading students’ written work, and setting up laboratories.

Mentor, Molecular Lab at Osborn Laboratories, NY Aquarium, NY. November 1999 – January 2000.

Taught zooxanthellae extraction techniques from corals to Master’s student working in the laboratory.

Teaching Assistant in Genetics, Eckerd College. Fall 1998.

Responsibilities included: assisting professor during laboratory, setting up laboratories before

each class, and meeting with students weekly for one on one assistance.


Word, Word Perfect, Excel, Power Point, Sequencher, MacVector, AssemblyLIGN, MacClade, SigmaStat, PAUP, EndNote.


Luce Fellowship, Fordham University. 2000-2002.

Fullbright Fellowship Runner-Up. 1999.

Graduation with Honors, Eckerd College. 1999.

Galbraith Fellowship Research Scholarship, Eckerd College. 1997.

Honors Scholarship, Eckerd College. 1995-1999.
ODK Society. Spring 1999 - Present.

University of Queensland’s Biological Society (BIOS). Spring 1998.

American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Summer 1997 – Summer 1998.

Goetz, FW, Iliev, DB, McCauley, LAR, Liarte, CQ, Tort, LB, Planas, JV, McKenzie, S. (2004)

Expressed sequence tag analysis of lipopolysaccharide-stimulated rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus

mykiss) macrophages. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. Submitted
Goetz, FW, Norberg, B, McCauley, LAR, Iliev, DB. (2004) Characterizations of the cod (Gadus

morhua) steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) sheds light on StAR gene structure in fish.

Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B, 137: 351-362.

McCauley, LAR, Wehr, JD. (2004) Phylogenetic relationships of freshwater brown algae (Phaeophyceae)

based on Rubisco large subunit and ribosomal DNA sequences. J. Phycology. In review

McCauley, L, Goecker, C, Parker, P, Rudolph, T, Goetz, F, Gerlach, G. (2004) Characterization and

isolation of DNA microsatellite primers in the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias). Mol. Ecology

Notes, doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2004.00724x.
Roberts SB, McCauley, LAR, Devlin RH, Goetz FW. (2004) Transgenic salmon over-expressing growth

hormone exhibit decreased myostatin transcript and protein expression. J. Mol. Endocrinology.

In press

Roy, LA, Trapido-Rosental, H. (1999) Identification of an 18S pseudogene in a symbiotic species of

Symbiodinium. International Conference on Scientific Aspects of Coral Reef Assessment, Monitoring, and Restoration, April 14-16, 1999, Fort Lauderdale, FL: 166.

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