Curriculum Vitae

Distinctions

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    • Recipient of the Alexander Graham Bell Doctoral Scholarship (CGS D) by NSERC
    • Nominated for a Killam Doctoral Scholarship at the University of British Columbia
    • Holds a valid B.C. teaching certificate, and has over a decade of teaching experience
    • Over 1.5 million views across two youtube channels

Education

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  1. Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Biochemistry & Molecular Biology University of British Columbia Kelowna, BC, Canada 2017-present, expected graduation 2020
  2. Chemistry credits not used towards a degree University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford, BC, Canada 2016
  3. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Curricular Development and Instruction Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC, Canada 2014
  4. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Biological sciences Simon Fraser University  Burnaby, BC, Canada 2009-2013
  5. Science credits used towards Bachelor of Science Douglas College New Westminster, BC, Canada 2009-2012

Employment

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Teaching Assistant University of British Columbia Kelowna, BC, Canada  2017-2020

    • Taught statistics in a variety of courses, using R and Python for graphing and statistical analysis
    • Collaborated with instructors and professors to design scaffolded questions and learning-objective oriented questions for exams and assignments
    • Partnered with instructors and professors to improve curriculum design, leading to improved student learning (see #9,13 under presentations)
    • Assisted teaching the following courses: Biochemical Basis of Disease, Environmental Microbiology, Introductory Microbiology, Developmental Biology, Biology for Science Majors I, Biology for Science Majors II, Introduction to Biostatistics, 3rd Year Biochemistry Lab

Senior Lab Member University of British Columbia Kelowna, BC, Canada  2017-2020

    • Mentored several undergraduate and graduate students, leading to their publication of first-author primary manuscripts
    • Supervised several directed studies and honours projects of undergraduate and undergraduate students, respectively
    • Generated unique projects and research directions for the lab
    • Managed a relational database for chemical and biological inventory

Volunteer Research Assistant Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC, Canada  2015-2016

    • Setup and disassembled water flow-through system containing salmon eggs
    • Monitored the alkalinity, oxygenation, and flow rate of the water flow-through system
    • Recorded developmental abnormalities of salmon in response to varying concentrations of agricultural pesticides

Teacher Hope Secondary Hope, BC, Canada  2015-2016

    • Designed and taught problem-based curriculum for Biology 11 and Biology 12
    • Implemented modern scientific literacy into curriculum
    • Co-managed special education department, focusing on improving student’s academic and life skills
    • Designed individualized education plans (IEPs) for students, and implemented them into their yearly curriculum

Teacher Flying Colours Learning Centre New Westminster, BC, Canada 2014-2015

    • Provided supplementary support to students completing their post-secondary degree
    • Designed and facilitated curriculum for grade 8 through second year university students, including advanced placement (AP), honours, international baccalaureate (IB), english as a second language (ESL) students, and students with documented learning disability

Teacher Cariboo High School New Westminster, BC, Canada  2014

    • Taught Science 8, Science 10, Biology 11, and AP Biology 11 with 32 students
    • Coordinated with special education staff to appropriately support and assess students with individualized education plans (IEPs)
    • Engaged students with creative self-designed projects and labs focus on utilizing new media and creativity

Project Development Overmined Entertainment Vancouver, BC, Canada  2010-2015

    • Organized and coordinated a team of 9 people for filming events
    • Interacted with and organized large capacity events for underage persons
    • Created and maintained official website and social media of company
    • Delegated with clients to produce desired photography, cinematography and audio branding

Teacher Oxford Learning Coquitlam, BC, Canada 2012-2014

    • Taught grades eight through twelve biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and English
    • Taught over two dozen students each school year
    • Focused on relating current learning to their university and college educational interests
    • Adapted lesson plans to each student’s individual learning profile and preferences

Online Teaching Assistant Douglas College New Westminster, BC, Canada 2010-2012

    • Tutored all levels of grade and post-secondary school in science, mathematics, nursing and English
    • Tutored over a four hundred different people, successfully helping them through their course
    • Tutored students through many applications such as Microsoft Word, Skype, online Tablet PC conferencing, and Jing
    • Taught PHYS 1110 temporarily and ran after class tutorial for PHYS 1110 under Kuros Gadareh
    • Ran after class tutorial for MATH 1120 under Larry Tomboulian

Media Designer ScrewAttack LLC Fort Worth, Texas, USA  2009-2010

    • Designed and coded physical, as well as digital, media for several DVD products, including Metal Gear Ben and Too Hot for the Internet

a. Articles published or accepted in peer-reviewed journals

    1. Wenzel TJ, Kwong E, Bajwa E, Klegeris A. (2020). Review: Resolution-associated molecular patterns (RAMPs) as endogenous regulators of glia functions in neuroinflammatory disease. C.N.S. Neurol. Disord. Drug Targets. In Press. https://doi.org/10.2174/1871527319666200702143719
    2. Wenzel TJ, Gates EJ, Ranger AL, Klegeris A. (2020). Original Research: Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) alone or in combination regulate select immune functions of microglia-like cells. Mol. Cell. Neurosci. 105: 103493. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcn.2020.103493
    3. Wenzel TJ, Bajwa E, Klegeris A. (2019). Original Research: Cytochrome c can be released into extracellular space and modulate functions of human astrocytes in a toll-like receptor 4-dependent manner. B.B.A. – Gen. Subj. 1863 (11): 129400-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbagen.2019.07.009
    4. Leitner G, Wenzel TJ, Marshall N, Gates E, Klegeris A. (2019). Review: Targeting toll-like receptor 4 to modulate neuroinflammation in central nervous system disorders.  Expert Opin. Ther. Targets. 23 (10): 865-82. https://doi.org/10.1080/14728222.2019.1676416
    5. Pointer C, Wenzel TJ, Klegeris A. (2018). Original Research: Extracellular cardiolipin regulates select immune functions of microglia and microglia-like cells. Brain Res. Bullet. 146: 153-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2019.01.002
    6. Wenzel TJ, Klegeris, A. (2018). Review: Novel multi-target directed ligand-based strategies for reducing neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Life Sci. 207: 314-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lfs.2018.06.025

b. Articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals or in revision

    1. Wenzel TJ, Ranger AL, McRae S, Klegeris A. (2020). Original Research: Extracellular cardiolipin modulates microglial phagocytosis and cytokine secretion in a toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-dependent manner. J. Neuroimmunol. In Revision. (Reference: JNI_2020_322)
    2. Lowry JR, Marshall N, Wenzel TJ, Klegeris A. (2020). Original Research: The dietary fatty acids α-linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA) selectively inhibit microglial nitric oxide production. Mol. Cell. Neurosci. In Revision. (Reference: BRB_2020_125)

Presentations

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  1. Wenzel TJ. (2021, postponed due to COVID pandemic). Title to be determined. 2020 ISN-JNC Flagship School. Alpbach, Austria: Presentation Style To Be Determined.
  2. Wenzel TJ, Ranger A, Murray T, McRae S, Klegeris A. (2020). Extracellular cardiolipin modulates glial phagocytosis and cytokine secretion in a toll-like receptor 4-dependent manner. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2020. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Poster Presentation.
  3. Murray T, Wenzel TJ, Klegeris A. (2020). Extracellular cardiolipin regulates select immune functions of astrocytes in a TLR-4 dependent manner. Undergraduate Research Conference. Kelowna, BC: Poster Presentation.
  4. Wenzel TJ, Ranger A, Klegeris A. (2019). Extracellular cardiolipin (CL) modulates microglial phagocytosis and cytokine secretion in a toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-dependent manner. 9th International DAMPs and Alarmins Symposium. Okayama, Japan: Poster Presentation.
  5. Wenzel TJ, Ranger A, Klegeris A. (2019). Extracellular cardiolipin (CL) modulates microglial phagocytosis and cytokine secretion in a toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-dependent manner. UBCO Biology Graduate Symposium 2019. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Poster Presentation.
  6. Wenzel TJ, Bajwa E, Rheault MR, Klegeris A. (2019). Extracellular cytochrome c modulates astrocyte functions in a toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-dependent manner. 15th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Lisbon, Portugal: Poster Presentation.
  7. Wenzel TJ. (2019). Probiotics reduce cytokine secretions, as well as claudin 5 loss, induced by gut inflammation in vivo. Brown Bag Seminar. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Invited Oral Presentation.
  8. Wenzel TJ. (2019). Host-microbial interactions: symbiotic associated and normal flora. UBCO Biology 232: Human Infectious Disease. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Guest Lecture.
  9. Wenzel TJ. (2018). Research methods in pharmacology. UBCO Biochemistry 308: Pharmacology I.  Kelowna, BC, Canada: Guest Lecture.
  10. Wenzel TJ, Bajwa E, Rheault MR, Klegeris A. (2018). Extracellular cytochrome c modulates astrocytic phagocytosis and cytokine secretion in a toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-dependent manner. UBCO Biology Graduate Symposium 2018. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Poster Presentation.
  11. Wenzel TJ, Gustafsson E, Hurren H, Klegeris A. (2018). Generic problem-solving skills are distinct from the academic ability of students and could be developed through experiential learning. 14th Annual Learning Conference. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Oral Presentation.
  12. Wenzel TJ, Pointer C, Klegeris A. (2018). Extracellular cardiolipin modulates microglial phagocytosis and their cytokine secretion in a toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-dependent manner. 12th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada: Poster Presentation.
  13. Wenzel TJ. (2018). The pharmacology of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. UBCO Biochemistry 308: Pharmacology I. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Guest Lecture.
  14. Wenzel TJ, Edwards C, Klegeris A. (2017). Pro-inflammatory molecules released by activated microglia are not attenuated by individual short-chain fatty acids. UBCO Biology Graduate Symposium 2017. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Poster Presentation.
  15. Wenzel TJ, Hurren H, Klegeris A. (2017). Tutor-less problem-based learning: Effects on problem-solving skills in large science undergraduate classes. 13th Annual Learning Conference. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Poster Presentation.
  16. Wenzel TJ. (2017). The pathophysiology of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. UBCO Biochemistry 407: Biochemical Basis of Disease. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Guest Lecture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJeo-mxxUek

Training

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  1. Pluripotent Stem Cell (Organoid) Training Workshop ❖ STEMCELL Technologies Vancouver, BC, Canada 2020, delayed due to COVID pandemic
  2. Interactive Computational Neuroscience Workshop ❖ Neuromatch Academy ❖ Online ❖ 2020
  3. British Columbia Teaching Certificate (Valid 2014 – Present) Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC, Canada 2014
  4. College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Level III: Master Certified Tutor Douglas College New Westminster, BC, Canada ❖ 2011

Techniques

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Science

  1. Western blotting
  2. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs)
  3. Primary human and murine glia (non-neuronal cell) extraction (e.g. microglia and astrocytes)
  4. Wide-field and confocal fluorescent microscopy
  5. Fluorescent immunostaining
  6. Molecular ligand-receptor docking in silico
  7. Statistical analysis with R
  8. Cell culturing (e.g. primary human cells, primary mouse cells, cell lines)
  9. Solid phase extractions
  10. Liquid-chromatography mass-spectrophotometry analysis
  11. Protein extraction from tissue and normalization (e.g. bicinchoninic acid assay and Bradford’s assay)
  12. Independent manuscript preparation
  13. Stereotaxic Injections
  14. Inducible pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) maintenance and differentiation
  15. Organoid generation

Education

  1. Problem-based learning activities, culminating in a cumulative project
  2. Learning-objective oriented curriculum development
  3. Formative assesements and guided questioning
  4. Implementing interim and self-assessment into curriculum design
  5. Learning-objective oriented, balanced, summative assessments
  6. Learning-objective based grading
  7. Course content delivery using flipped classroom, didactic, and creative-learning teaching methods
  1. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D3) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ❖ 2020-Present
  2. 2020 International Society of Neurochemistry-Journal of Neurochemistry (ISN-JNC) Flagship School Award ISN-JNC 2020
  3. University Graduate Fellowship University of British Columbia 2018-2020
  4. Graduate Travel Grant University of British Columbia  2018-2019
  5. Irving K. Barber Transfer Scholarship Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society 2010
  6. Ken Caple Entrance Scholarship Simon Fraser University 2010-2011
  7. President’s Entrance Scholarship  Douglas College 2009-2011

Associations

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  • Canadian Association of Neuroscience
  • International Society for Neurochemistry