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Alexandra Perebikovsky

Education

University of California, Irvine, Ph.D. in Physics (in progress)

  • Concentration: Chemical and Material Physics Advisor: Marc Madou

University of California, Irvine, B.S. in Physics (2016)

  • Senior Thesis: ”Electrical and Magnetic Stimulation of Neural Stem Cells Grown on  3D Carbon Scaffolds”

Research Experience

Research Specialist

University of California, Irvine and California Insitute of Technology (April 2016- Present)

• Worked under a Bill Gates Foundation Grant to design and test a microfluidic system for performing quantitative detection of organic contaminants in wastewater. The system included sample preperation, droplet generation, DNA amplification, and detection.

Undergraduate Researcher

BioMEMS Laboratory, University of California, (April 2012-2016)

  • Worked to design, fabricate, and test CD microfluidic devices for development of complex ”lab-on-a-chip” assays. Headed the CD Microfluidics section of the BioMEMS lab.
  • Recieved three UROP and two SURP grants for research into the effects of hy- pergravity on C. elegans and the effects of electromagnetic fields on neural stem cells.
  • Fabricated intricate carbon MEMS scaffolds for dual stem cell culture and elec- trochemical detection of cell byproducts.Multi-Disciplinary Design Program FellowUniversity of California, Irvine (January 2014-2015)• Worked under the guidance of faculty mentors and alongside graduate students to develop an enzymatic cascade as a novel method for DNA testing. Project Title: Low Cost Genetic Testing Technology for Medicine of the Future.

Undergraduate Researcher

UCI Joint Department of Neurological Surgery and Biochemistry (May 2006 – June 2007)

• Studied the effects of PAX-6 as a tumor suppresent for malignant gliomas in WHO grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme cancer, using various biochemical techniques such as western hybridization, PCR, and ELISA assay.


Publications

  1. A. Perebikovsky, Electrical and Magnetic Stimulation of Neural Stem Cells Grown on 3D Carbon Scaffolds, Bachelor’s Thesis, University of California, Irvine, 2016.
  2. S. Smith, D. Mager, A. Perebikovsky, E. Shamloo, D. Kinahan, R. Mishra, S. M. Torres Del- gado, H. Kido, S. Saha, J. Ducre, M. Madou, K. Land, and J. G. Korvink. CD-Based Microfluidics for Primary Care in Extreme Point-of-Care Settings. Micromachines, 7(2):22, 2016.
  3. L. X. Kong, A. Perebikovsky, J. Moebius, L. Kulinsky, and M. Madou, Lab-on-a-CD: A Fully Integrated Molecular Diagnostic System, J. Lab. Autom., Jun. 2015.
  4. S. Holmberg, A. Perebikovsky, L. Kulinsky, and M. Madou, 3-D Micro and Nano Technologies for Improvements in Electrochemical Power Devices, Micromachines, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 171203, Apr. 2014.
  5. L. Kong, J. M. Rodriguez, A. Perebikovsky, J. Moebius, R. Mitchell, L. Kulinsky, and M. Madou, Novel heating and cooling techniques on a centrifugal fluidic platform for polymerase chain reaction, Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology, 2013.

Presentations and Posters

  1. A. Perebikovsky, ”Pyrolized 3D Carbon Scaffolds and Electrical Stimulation Enhance Differ- entiation of Neurons,” 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of California, Irvine, 2016.
  2. A. Perebikovsky, Rohit Murthy, and Regis Peytavi, Low Cost Genetic Testing Technology for Medicine of the Future, 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of California, Irvine, 2014.
  3. A. Perebikovsky, Laura Yu, and Marc Madou, Effects of Hypergravity on C. Elegans Cul- tivated on a Microfluidic Disc, 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of California, Irvine, 2015.
  4. A. Perebikovsky, Sepehr Zomorodian, and Marc Madou, Electrical and Magnetic Stimula- tion of Stem Cells Grown on 3D Carbon Substrates, presented at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of California, Irvine, 2015.

Patents/Invention Disclosures

1. Storage and Release of Liquid Reagents on a CD Microfuidic Device. Tech ID 23585, UC Case 2014-145-0.


Skills

Laboratory Skills: Electrophoresis, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Immunoassay, Tissue Culture, Electrochemistry, Lab Safety and Ethics
Microfabrication: CNC Microfabrication, Photolithography, Wet Etch, Plasma Etch Software/Programming: HTML, Mathematica, Matlab, Maple, PSPICE, Solid- works, AutoCAD

Media and Animation: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Flash, Adobe Premier, Adobe InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas Pro