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J. Randy M.



Corvallis, OR
Hometown: Corvallis

Organizer since:

November 30, 2014

What do you hope to get from this Meetup group?

At TechStart's Innovation Academy, we facilitate project-based learning that will equip students with the skills they need to drive Oregon’s growing digital economy while developing technologies that have real community impact. However, my real passion and background lies in biotechnology. I would like to learn more about and from Portland's biohacking/biotech community. Perhaps we could even partner to bring this kind of biotech project-based learning to high school and middle school students.

What skills/knowledge can you offer, if any?

I have a strong background in biochemistry & molecular biology (B.A. from U of O and PhD from OHSU). Prior to Grad School I worked for a small biotech firm (Epitope, no longer in existence). Since leaving academic research (Research Associate at OSU for 11 years), I've been working to bring more science and technology project-based learning into my local middle and high schools. I would hope that I can help advise this group on both the scientific/technical level as well a help with community outreach through my work for TechStart and the Innovation Academy.


I have a PhD in Biochemistry from OHSU. I was a Research Associate at OSU (Corvallis) for 11 years. I now am the Program Manager for TechStart's Innovation Academy @ Franklin High School.

What J. Randy M. is saying about this Meetup Group

I like the openness of discussion as well as the willingness of other members to take on responsibilities. We have a lot of potential. :-)

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