Dianna Elaine Benson

 

debenson@comcast.net

 

OBJECTIVE:

 

Challenging position my medical knowledge and bioengineering skills.

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

- Extensive knowledge of biology, physiology, chemistry, math, and anatomy acquired via Ph.D. class work and research

- Experience interacting and fostering relationships with physicians and medical personnel

- Effectively communicate technical information by verbal and written means

- Extensive research investigating pathogenic bacterial response to antimicrobial drugs

- Motivated, persistent, out-going individual able to quickly comprehend and apply new information

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

- Ph.D. research demonstrated an 80% increase in antibiotic effectiveness in biofilm-forming pathogenic bacteria on artificial device surfaces exposed to magnetic fields. Presented at American Society for Artificial and Internal Organs (ASAIO), Record of Invention.

 

- Improved 3M microbial gelling system resulting in enhanced colony count verification, specimen viewing, and organism containment. Record of Invention

 

- Organized and executed a clinical evaluation of a Doppler stethoscope. Coordinated with private and hospital staff physicians.

 

- Evaluated in vitro and in vivo response of artificial vascular grafts and stents to Pseudomonas aerginosa, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Staphylococcus aureus infected blood for SciMed, Bard, Medtronic, and Becton Dickenson Vascular Access.

 

- Planned and executed clinical panels evaluating long and short term dermal response to adhesives utilized in electrodes and surgical tapes. Worked closely with a team of physicians.

 

- Evaluated adhesives for transdermal drug delivery systems. Work presented at the International Drug Delivery Symposium.

 

- Researched microbial uptake of antibiotics on device surface using radiolabeled drugs and markers.

 

- Analyzed light sensitive cavity prevention sealant for durability and strength.

 

- Evaluated light initiated expanding polymers for suitability as possible cavity filling materials.

 

- Taught classes on hard implant materials, soft implant materials, and biocompatibility.

 

- Private tutor specializing in math, chemistry, biology, physiology, and anatomy.

 

- Alternative Funding Coordinator for the Sonoran Science Academy PTF.

 

- Coordinator for the Pima County Charter School Walk-A-Thon raising over $5,000 for the Red Cross and World Care

 

 

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WORK HISTORY:

 

2004 Present Private Tutor Math, Science and Reading

1989 - 1996 Research Assistant, Artificial Heart Laboratory, University of Utah

1991 1994 Teaching Assistant, Bioengineering Department, University of Utah

1989 1985 3M Company, Bioengineer

- Health Care Specialties

- Assessment and Therapy

- Orthopedic Products

- Dental Products

- Microbiology

 

EDUCATION:

 

Doctoral Degree - Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, Bioengineering (80% Complete)

GPA - 3.9/4.0

Baccalaureate Degree - Biomedical Engineering, University of Illinois, January 1989

GPA - 4.4/5.0

 

SELECTED POSITIONS, HONORS & AWARDS:

 

1994 ASAIO Travel Fellowship Award

1993 Record of Invention - Magnetic Field Effects on Antibiotic Effectiveness

1993 Center for Biopolymers at Interfaces Biotechnology Training Grant

1991 Presented the Utah State Science Foundation's - Expanding Your Horizons - program for the recruitment of young women to pursuits in science.

1988 Outstanding College Students of America.

1987 University of Illinois Engineering Competition , First Place- In Vivo Evaluation of Commercial Bone Cements.

1986 Record of Invention - microbial gelling system

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

1. DE Benson, et. al., Effects of Plasma on Adhesion of Biofilm Forming Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus epidermidis to Fibrin Substrate. ASAIO J. 1996 Sep-Oct: 42(5): M655-60. Presented at May 1996 ASAIO Meeting.

 

2. DE Benson, et. al., Magnetic Field Enhancement of Antibiotic Activity in Biofilm-Forming Pseudomonas aerginosa. ASAIO J. 1994 Jul-Sep; 40(3): M371-376. Presented at April 1994 ASAIO meeting.

 

3. D. Benson, et. al., Magnetic Field Enhancement of Antimicrobial Activity in Biofilm-Forming Pathogenic Bacteria. Center For Biopolymers at Interfaces Spring 1993 Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. (Abstract and Presentation)

 

4. D. Benson, et. al., Magnetic Field Enhancement of Antimicrobial Activity in Biofilm-Forming Pathogenic Bacteria. Center For Biopolymers at Interfaces Fall 1993 Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. (Abstract and Presentation).

 

5. D. Benson, et. al., Magnetic Field Enhancement of Antimicrobial Activity in Biofilm-Forming Pathogenic Bacteria. Center For Biopolymers at Interfaces Fall 1992 Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. (Abstract and Presentation).

 

6. S. Grosh, et. al., Influence of Material Weave and Adhesive on Transdermal Drug Delivery. International Drug Delivery Symposium. June 1988.