Patricia gained over five years of professional experience in life science research before pursuing a full-time writing career. As a research assistant and technologist, she assisted in both hands-on research and the drafting and editing of written materials. While working as a researcher, she also obtained the background knowledge necessary to contribute to future projects within a wide variety of medical topics. Her specific areas of expertise include:
• Disease-associated biofilms - Worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin; Focused on bacterial infections of the lung, the oral cavity, and chronic wounds; Relevant predisposing conditions included diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and HIV/AIDS
• Uveitis - Assisted in clinical research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with direct patient contact; Major projects included a treatment trial for noninfectious/autoimmune uveitis and a longitudinal study of AIDS-related eye disease
• Retinal disorders - Worked as a technologist in translational research (also at JHU) evaluating potential treatments for diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinopathy of prematurity
• Genetic toxicology - Performed an FDA-required biological assay screening newly developed drugs and medical devices for potential carcinogens
Since switching careers, she has continued working in the field as an academic manuscript editor and grant writer.