Ranjbar - Food Technology - North Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Mina Ranjbar

North Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Food Technology

Work History

Casual laboratory assistant

Swinburne University of Technology

August 2012 - April 2013

I have worked on two research projects under the supervision of Prof. Enzo Palombo in Faculty of Life and Social Science.

1) E.coli contamination of cheese:
The aim of this project is identification of E.coli in cheese samples and environmental samples from a cheese factory.

• Isolation of microorganisms
• Identification of microorganisms using Indole Test, MRVP Test and Voges-Proskauer Test
• DNA extraction, PCR and Gel Electrophoresis
• Gel clean-up of loaded PCR samples for DNA sequencing

2) Anti-biofilm properties of an Eremophila longifolia stem ethanol extract:
The aim of this project was assessing the anti-bacterial activity of stem ethanol extract of Eremophila longifolia against normal saliva microbes.

• Preparation of plant extract
• Confirmation of antibacterial activity of stem ethanol extract against salivary bacteria
• Determining the minimum time of exposure required to disrupt biofilms of salivary bacteria
• Analysing the inhibition of attachment of bacteria to abiotic surface
• Performing the statistical methods

Skills &Attributes

Laboratory Skills:
• PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
• Gel Electrophoresis
• Gel Filtration
• Freeze Drying
• Sterilization of Liquid media(Fungi)
• DNA extraction
• Indole Test
• Methyl Red Test
• Voges-Proskauer Test
• Antibiotic activity

General Skills:
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
• Strong desire to learn and apply new skills and techniques
• Highly effective time management skills
• Possess strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to make well thought out decisions
• Detail-oriented, efficient and organized professional

System Skills:
• IBM SPSS Statistics
• Operating System (Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7)
• Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)

English, Persian

volunteer Lab Assistant

Swinburne University of Technology

November 2011 - February 2012

• Provide input and assistance to research projects
• Preparing equipment and resources including medias
• weighting chemicals and reagents
• Sample management including storing and weighing out samples; packaging and shipping
• Good technique for DNA preparation, PCR, gel electrophoresis
• Data entry and analyzing data and reports on work carried out • Assisting with report writing and developing strategy

Qualifications & Certifications

Swinburne University of Technology

Azad University

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