Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Sharon E. Borglin's Professional Experience

 

  • Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering Research Program, School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.  March 2005 to present.  (currently 50% appointment)
    • Responsible for managing laboratory staff and QA program for water quality monitoring project on the San Joaquin River.  Developing research program using fatty acids to indicate microbial community analysis, algal growth rates, and zooplankton grazing. Also responsible for preparation of project reports, invoicing of work, grant writing, manuscript preparation.
  • Scientific Engineering Associate, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California.  May 2000 to present. (currently 50% appointment)
    • Working independently and as a principle investigator, provides research and scientific chemical analysis and engineering direction for the Center for Environmental Biotechnology analytical facility at LBNL. Responsibilities comprise coordination of the laboratory's research efforts including development of a wide variety of analytical methods for organic and inorganic constituents of environmental samples, construction and design of novel experimental systems, quality assurance of laboratory research, grant proposal writing and publication of results. Responsibilities also include the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate student researchers, supervision, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation in the laboratory, supervision of students and research associates working in the lab, and assuring safe laboratory working conditions. 
    • During research activities a wide variety of instruments and techniques are used, including GC/MS, IC, anaerobic and aerobic culturing of microorganisms, bioreactor design and maintenance, a variety of data acquisition and monitoring systems, omnilog phenotypic microarray, phospholipid fatty acid analysis, analysis of metals by XANES and EXAFS (SSRL), microscopy. 
    • Major projects:
      • Genomes to Life:  Growth characteristics of Metal reducing bacteria and analysis of stress response pathways.
      • Aerobic Landfill Bioreactors
      • Using molecular biomarkers to understand phytoplankton communities in aquatic and agricultural ecosystems
      • Selenium speciation and biotransformation in the San Luis Drain, CA
      • Biodegradation and detection of endocrine disrupting compounds
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California.  November 1996 to April 2000.          
    • Fellowship included developing applications for the use Ferrofluids in porous media for bioremediation projects, investigating the chemical permeability of viscous liquid barriers, and fracture flow characterization using chaos theory.
  • Professor and Faculty Advisor, Kennedy Western University, Thousand Oaks, California.  June 1996 to Jan 2002.
    • Responsible for the development and maintenance of courses for distance learning facility for mid career professionals located worldwide unable to attend a traditional university. Responsibilities include regular interaction with students through phone conversation and email for academic advising and course completion, preparation of course materials, grading of exams and final theses.
    • Courses:  Technical mathematics with Calculus; Environmental chemistry; Statistics; System analysis and design; Air pollution control engineering; Risk Analysis
  • Chemistry Instructor, Ventura Community College, Ventura, California.  January to May, 1996.
    • Primary lecturer and laboratory instructor for three community college chemistry courses.  Students were primary enrolled in a pre-nursing program. 
  • Graduate Student Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California.  September 1990 to November 1995.
    • Project involved coupling a river sediment transport model to movement of hydrophobic organic chemicals, including PCBs and hexachlorobenzene in rivers.  Included measuring and modeling the adsorption and desorption of hydrophobic organic chemicals to river sediments during different hydrologic conditions.  During graduate school tenure was also responsible for teaching Numerical methods and Statics.
  • Chemist, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Sequim, Washington.  March to September 1990.
    • Contracted to perform metals digestion and analysis of mussels collected by the NOAA mussel watch program and from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • Chemist, ABB Environmental, Camarillo, California, September 1988 to March 1990.
    • Contract laboratory chemist responsible for routine metals analysis on environmental samples using ICP, flame AA, and graphite furnace AA.  Included QA/QC and data management.
  • Chemist, Hazardous Materials Laboratory, State of California Department of Health Services.  Summer 1986 and 1987
    • Analysis of Dioxins in environmental samples and human tissue.