HI THERE! I’M DERRECK CARTER-HOUSE
An astute scientist that can work independently or lead peers with service-oriented leadership style. Practical knowledge and demonstrated competence within the field of microbiology obtained through advanced education combined with experience. Demonstrated scientific creativity, highly goal-oriented, organized and be able to respond to shifting demands and priorities with excellent oral and written communication skills.
Background & Expertise
May 2020 - Present
FELLOWSHIP COORDINATOR, NATIONAL SCIENCE POLICY NETWORK
Spearheaded the creation of a fellowship program to place early-career scientists into policy offices. Designed and led a curriculum to prepare scientists to communicate their research and perform with maximum efficiency in fellowships. Established partnerships with agencies and companies across the US to host the Sci Pol Scholars after their training.
January 2020 - April 2020
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, UC RIVERSIDE
Analyzed bacterial genomes found in fungal sequencing projects to understand potential endohyphal symbiosis between bacteria and fungi. Searched for an explanation of the role of bacteria in clinically relevant fungal strains. Taught myself to use command line, R, and other programs to assemble metagenomes and visualize results. Completed manuscripts from graduate research.
July 2014 - December 2019
RESEARCHER, UC RIVERSIDE
Helped acquire/isolate, and maintain hundreds of samples of a zygomycete culture collection as well as some bacteria. Coordinated a massive sequencing project with lab mates - extracting genomes from hundreds (>700) fungi, then sequencing and assembling these large data sets. Designed projects to discover antifungals in gases produced by rhizobacteria using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
September 2010 - May 2013
MANAGER, SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE GREENHOUSES
I planned and scheduled employee work times, coordinated tens of thousands of dollars of bedding plant sales. This included planting seeds, transplanting, and watering many variety of vegetables, and seed plants. I help customers solve growing problems and connected them to the best fit plants for their yard/garden. I also managed an extensive orchid collection and now have a variety of orchid named after me.
Learning and Living
August 2009 - May 2013
B.S. IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY
July 2014 - December 2019
PH.D. PLANT PATHOLOGY
University of California
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY
I have experimented with plants, fungi, and bacteria for many years for projects ranging from genomic content, RNA, protein expression, transformation, and metabolite production.
I taught myself bioinformatics to aggregate data into databases, help contextualize and summarize data I collected, and regularly presented this data at meetings, conferences, and informally. I also have experience in R, Unix, and other database software.
I helped launch a national fellowship program, where I wrote and taught several courses in science communication and work to continually improve this ability. My goal is to help other scientists to create meaningful, highly innovative, and captivating arguments for their research and to empower them to be impactful in their diverse scientific fields
DECAYING WITH DERRECK
I've started creating a few interesting videos of microbes in time-lapse. In these videos I show you how to grow microbes at home and how to make your own media.