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Research And Experience
Forensic and Molecular Genetics Fellow
Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, Forensic Genetics Laboratory
- Validated and optimized protocols to improve the analysis of DNA evidence for medicolegal casework, including protocols to analyze animal DNA, and to collect of human DNA from non-human sources.
- Created a novel method to enhance the collection of DNA evidence for sexual assault investigations.
- Microbiology and aseptic technique
- Advanced culture media, buffer, and reagent preparation
- Histological techniques for examining tissue samples
- RNA in situ hybridization
- Immunochemistry and western blotting
- Agarose gel electrophoresis
- PCR and molecular biology
- Mammalian cell culture techniques, including transfection and maintenance
- Confocal fluorescence microscopy
- Handling embryonic tissues, specifically chicken, quail, and mice
- Handling mice
- RNA interference methods
- Effective handling of retrovirus tools
Honors & Awards
- Association for Research in Ophthalmology and Vision (ARVO) Travel Grant (2012)
- Rice IBB Travel Grant (2012, 2013, 2015)
- Houston Livestock and Rodeo Scholarship (2011)
- Ross Volunteer Honor Guard Member (2008 – 2009)
- Jessie L. Easterwood Scholarship (2005 – 2009)
- Terry Foundation Scholarship
- Kwiatkowski, S.C., S. Hirota, J.E. Morales, M. Aghi, and J.H. McCarty. Neuropilin-1 Promotes TGFB Receptor Internalization and Signaling to Drive Glioblastoma Growth and Recurrence after Anti-Angiogenesis Therapy. In Press.
- Kwiatkowski, S.C., A.F. Ojeda, and P.Y. Lwigale. 2016. PlexinD1 is required for proper patterning of the periocular vascular network and for the establishment of corneal avascularity during avian ocular development. Dev Biol 411(1):128-39.
- McKenna, C.C., A.F. Ojeda, J. Spurlin, S.C. Kwiatkowski, and P.Y. Lwigale. 2014. Sema3A inhibits cornea vascularization during development. Dev Biol 2:241-50.
- Kwiatkowski, S., R.P. Munjaal, T. Lee, and P.Y. Lwigale. 2013. Expression of pro- and anti- angiogenic factors in the anterior eye during development of the chick cornea and periocular vasculature. Dev Dyn 242:738-751.
- Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX.
- B.S. in Biochemistry and Genetics (double major), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
- Leadership Certificate from Corps of Cadets and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX