Max D. Paukner
[Modified for Website (11/11/17)]
Teaching and Research Work Experience
Albert Einstein Medical College (Montefiore)
Advisor: Michael Brenowitz, PhD
(Dec. 2016 - Dec., 2017)
As a volunteer research assistant, I designed, conducted, and analyzed experiments which used dye (fluorescein in various protein buffers) fluorescence as a proxy for hydroxyl radical production. This culminated in the successful oxidations and analysis (mass-spectrometry performed at NYU) of HRAS (1-166), NS1 monobody, and a RAS-bound NS1 complex. The first stage of this work involved identifying the range of physical and chemical conditions that yielded reproducible, dose-dependent hydroxyl-radical production. The second stage consisted of adjusting the base-method in order to maximize its precision. I wrote a large part of the introduction, methods, and discussion sections of our paper; due for submission by the end of 2017.
In addition to these central goals, I assembled our sample manager and programmed it to perform protein oxidations. I also designed (in part with a former colleague) and constructed a sample mixer which improved mixing of <20 µL samples. This mixer was modified to be compatible with the sample manager.
Purchase College, SUNY
Customer: Maryann McEnroe, PhD
(Aug. 2016 - Sep. 2017)
Electronically mapped and replicated a ~15 year-old dissolved-oxygen controller, which I sold to Dr. McEnroe, Purchase College, SUNY. This device was intended for research on physiological responses to hypoxia.
Supervisors as lab T.A.: Dr. Monika Eckenberg, Dr. Joseph Skrivanek
(Jan. 2016 - May, 2017)
Teaching Assistant in organic chemistry II lab. at Purchase College, SUNY. Duties included: Lab grading, student assistance in and outside class, emergency management, as well as performing FTIR and 1H NMR analyses for most experiments.
Supervisor in “Einstein’s Corner:” Shaina Dymond
(January 2015 - December, 2016)
I was a tutor for the students that came to ‘Einstein’s Corner’ for help in the General chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses; as well as some physics and cell-biology. This study/tutoring center is provided to students for free by Purchase College, State University of New York.
Supervisors: Tom Bisogno & Rebecca Rabinowitz
(Jan. 2014 - Present)
CPR & First Aid instructor (formerly assistant instructor), teaching class sizes from 1 to 60. For very large classes, we have assistant instructors to help with observing and correcting student skills.
Thermo Fisher Scientific - Corporate Marketing Division
Supervisor: Keith Bisogno
(Mar. 2014 - Mar. 2017)
Scientific consultant for Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporate Marketing Division - Waltham, MA. Wrote the e-book for rollout of new analytical apparatus at Pittcon 2014. I mainly advised the production/editing teams on their choice of language and their descriptions of certain research/instruments at Pittcon (2014-2016). I also arranged interviews with presenting researchers, for Pittcon 2015 & 2016.
Purchase College, State University of New York
Degrees earned: B.Sc. in Biology & B.A. in Chemistry
(Sep. 2012 - May, 2016)
Undergraduate education with a 3.74 cumulative GPA. For my Senior Research Project I designed and built an automated, modular environmental control chamber and used it to conduct botanical research into the fitness of A. thaliana. The primary goal of this study was to prove the function of the chamber as an inexpensive, open-source alternative to costly/large environmental control systems for small and/or tightly-funded research projects. In order to achieve this goal, I learned how to wire and debug sensors/actuators (solenoid valves, Peltier elements, motors, etc..) on the Arduino platform, as well as solder printed circuit boards. For the research project, I designed and planned the biological experiment under the mentorship of my advisor, Dr. Mark Jonas. The measurement of the desired fitness proxies was accomplished by light microscopy with post-workup, measuring plant dimensions, and the quantification of chlorophylls A and B by their visible light absorption (May, 2015 - April, 2016).
Key research methods courses:
(Sep. 2015 - May, 2016)
Degrees earned: NO DEGREE
(Sep. 2015 - Dec. 2015)
Enrolled through the cross-registration program between this school and Purchase, SUNY. I enrolled in order to take intermediate inorganic chemistry + lab. This course gave me a love for inorganic and organometallic catalysts.
Westchester Community College
Degrees earned: NO DEGREE
(Jan. 2011 - May 2012)
Enrolled through the cross-registration program between this school and Brewster High School in order to access undergraduate-level courses, and earn college credit.
Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement
Brewster Fire Department (Southeast Joint Fire District)
Supervisors: Kada Frische, Albert Jacobs
(Jul. 2013 - Present)
Member of Brewster Fire Department and EMS Crew Chief. Duties include: weekly check-outs, 72 hrs CE/yr, 500 hrs duty crew time/yr, as well as training new members. Additionally, I designed and printed two wall-mounted tool racks, then installed them on our district ambulances with the permission of the commissioners, chief, and EMS captain. The racks were designed to reduce time-expenditure and eliminate certain hazards of searching for tools during transit (Sep. 2017). I also built, proposed, and implemented an online, automated, duty-crew schedule for EMS (Sep. 2016).
Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services
Supervisors: Tom Lannon, Meg Miller
(2009 - 2012)
Volunteer assistant to trainers in EMT, CFR, and BLS classes. Duties included: setting up practical exams, cleaning, as well as organizing gear and books.
Chemical Laboratory & Computational Skills
Invited/Attended Symposia and Conferences
Honored guest at Health Tech ‘16 in Tarrytown, NY. Invited as 2016 Student Science Entrepreneurship Award.
2014, 2015, 2016:
Attendee, then finally a speaker at “School of Natural and Social Sciences Annual Student Symposium”, Purchase College, SUNY.
Mar. 2015- :
Exhibitor at “Pittcon Conference & Expo”, New Orleans, LA, then Atlanta, GA through a contracted employer: Thermo Scientific.
Brief Note on Research Subjects of Interest
My central foci as a prospective chemist are to develop novel catalysts and synthetic methodology in organic and organometallic chemistry. My long-term motivation for this research career comes from two overarching career goals. I want the synthetic tools and methodology that I develop to help decrease the synthetic barriers to challenging/interesting organic bonds and structures. I also want to explore new ways to tune the selectivity and efficiency of organometallic catalysts, by means of ligand design.