CJ "Jake" Saunders

I am a Neuroscientist at Wake Forest University

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Assistant Professor
2017 to current   Wake Forest University, Biology Department, Winston-Salem, NC

Designed and conducted behavioral, genomic and physiological experiments in several invertebrate model systems. Managed and coordinated a dozen highly motivated undergraduate researchers on independent projects.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
2014 to 2016   University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and conducted experiments to assess the expression of taste receptors and related genes in human airway tissue explants and cultures. Trained rotating medical students in laboratory techniques. Optimized cell collection for and conducted single cell RNA amplification and Q-PCR.

Graduate Research Assistant
2008 to 2014   Univ Colorado MC, Dept Cell & Developmental Biology, Aurora, CO

Designed and conducted experiments to determine the rate chemosensory cells are replaced in respiratory epithelium and how airway chemosensory cells transduce pro-inflammatory signals. Optimized immunofluorescence and imaging protocols for respiratory tract tissue.

Teaching Assistant
2006 to 2008     Wake Forest University, Dept of Biology, Winston-Salem, NC

Taught laboratory sections of Comparative Physiology and Cellular Biology. Responsibilities included developing syllabus, presenting lectures, writing and administering tests, holding office hours and assisting students in writing lab reports.

Laboratory Technician
2005 to 2006     Specialty Polymers Inc., Chester, SC

Conducted physical and chemical assays on water-based emulsion polymers to ensure they met production specifications.

Laboratory Assistant
2002 to 2005     Lenoir-Rhyne College, Biology Dept, Hickory, NC

Assisted professors during laboratories for Concepts of Biology, Cell Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology I & II. Responsibilities included setting up for laboratories, cleaning up, grading tests and answering student questions.

2002 to 2005     Lenoir-Rhyne College, Tutoring Services, Hickory, NC

Provided supplemental instruction for Fundamentals of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I & II, and Ethics.