Hello, I'm Jakob

About

I solve problems with the tools available. An Army veteran with a solid track record in clinical research. After creating software solutions to solve problems in my role as a clinical research technologist, I’m looking to pivot my career into full-time software development and cloud infrastructure engineering.


Experience

December 2016 - Present
Laboratory Software Developer, Lurie Children’s Hospital - Chicago, IL

Supporting clinical testing and research in government and industry sponsored clinical trials in HIV/AIDS, Influenza, and COVID19 by developing, deploying, updating, and maintaining applications to increase efficiency and decrease errors.

  • Developed and deployed a custom Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for recording, tracking, and reporting internal patients, tests, and results saving thousands of hours and greatly reducing errors.
  • Maintained and provided regular feature updates to applications based on user requests.
  • Developed and maintained a database for a multi-site national clinical trial with >2000 study participants.
  • Regularly created custom scripts to crawl through files of loosely structured data for one-off projects.
July 2015 – Present
Clinical Research Technologist, Lurie Children’s Hospital - Chicago, IL

Supporting clinical testing and research in government and industry sponsored clinical trials in HIV/AIDS, Influenza, and COVID-19 by developing and performing high complexity testing.

  • Developed and validated a protocol for detection of HIV in newborns which was approved for clinical and Aids Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) usage for 1/50th the cost and ½ the time of commercially available tests.
  • Led hospital effort to rapidly validate and efficiently scale high throughput COVID-19 testing decreasing turnaround time from 6+ days to <1 day.
  • Performed in lead and support roles in industry sponsored IVD development trials by global pharmaceutical companies such as Alere/Abbott, and BD, helping get their products FDA approval and to market.
  • Performed in lead and support roles in multiple COVID-19 therapeutic (REGN-COV2 (Regeneron) & remdesivir (Gilead)) and vaccine (JNJ-78436735 (Janssen) & AZD1222 (AstraZeneca)) studies.
  • Advocated within the Lurie Children’s network for just distribution of COVID-19 testing capacity to underserved populations.
August 2010 – June 2015
Graduate Student Researcher, Loyola University Chicago - Chicago, IL

Conducted research on the role of central metabolism and electron transport in biofilm formation and symbiotic association by Vibrio fischeri.

  • Developed a protocol for targeted introduction of genes into the V. fischeri chromosome.
  • Streamlined conjugation protocols to allow isolation of desired strains from 5 to 2 days.
  • Mutagenized and screened 47,000+ mutant strains for desired phenotype.
  • Utilized molecular, genetic, and bioinformatic methods to identify mutation location of 200+ mutant strains.
  • Regularly presented research findings at department meetings and scholarly conferences to multidisciplinary audiences.
  • Mentored junior graduate, undergraduate, and high school students during the development and implementation of their research projects.
February 2003 – February 2008
Medical Sergeant, United States Army
  • Supervised and evaluated the performance of a squad of junior medics.
  • Coordinated acquisition and maintained medical supply for a 500+ cavalry squadron throughout a 15-month combat deployment.

Education

May 2015
M.S. Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago

Thesis: The Role of Central Metabolism in Biofilm Formation by Vibrio fischeri.

May 2010
B.S. Biology, North Park University

Skills

  • Git
  • AWS Managed Services
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • IAM
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect-Associate    
  • Route 53
  • Visual Basic for Applications
  • Cloudfront
  • JavaScript
  • S3
  • Python
  • DynamoDB
  • MySQL
  • API Gateway
  • HTML/CSS
  • Lambda
  • Relational Databases
  • EC2
  • Docker
  • SAM/Cloudformation
    Amazon Lightsail