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Hire Shawna B.
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Research Writer and Language Editor | Virtual Research Assistant | 10 years experience in molecular biology research

Profile Summary
Subject Matter Expertise
Writing Technical Writing, Newswriting
Research Gray Literature Search, Systematic Literature Review, Secondary Data Collection
Data & AI Statistical Analysis
Work Experience

Research Scientist


February 2021 - Present

Research Technologist

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

September 2019 - January 2021

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Virginia

July 2014 - August 2018

Lab Technician

Queens College, CUNY

May 2013 - May 2014

Research Assistant

Queens College, CUNY

June 2011 - May 2013

Summer Research Intern

University of California-Davis

July 2012 - August 2012

Research Assistant

Queensborough Community College, CUNY

January 2010 - May 2011


MS Cell and Molecular Biology (Cell Biology)

University of Virginia

- August 2018

BA (Biology)

Queens College, CUNY

- May 2014

AS (Biology)

Queensborough Community College, CUNY

- May 2011

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ShinLa Shu and Junko Matsuzaki and Muzamil Y. Want and Alexis Conway and Shawna Benjamin-Davalos and Cheryl L. Allen and Marina Koroleva and Sebastiano Battaglia and Adekunle Odunsi and Hans Minderman and Marc S. Ernstoff (2020). An Immunosuppressive Effect of Melanoma-derived Exosomes on NY-ESO-1 Antigen-specific Human CD8+ T Cells is Dependent on IL-10 and Independent of BRAFV600E Mutation in Melanoma Cell Lines . Immunological Investigations. 49. (7). p. 744-757. Taylor & Francis
Atorvastatin restricts the ability of influenza virus to generate lipid droplets and severely suppresses the replication of the virus @article{https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.201900428RR, author= {Episcopio, Donna and Aminov, Sarah and Benjamin, Shawna and Germain, Gabrielle and Datan, Emmanuel and Landazuri, Joselyn and Lockshin, Richard A. and Zakeri, Zahra}, title= {Atorvastatin restricts the ability of influenza virus to generate lipid droplets and severely suppresses the replication of the virus}, journal= {The FASEB Journal}, volume= {33}, number= {8}, pages= {9516-9525}, keywords= {autophagy, ER stress, cholesterol, statin, viral infection}, doi= {https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.201900428RR}, url= {https://faseb.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1096/fj.201900428RR}, eprint= {https://faseb.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1096/fj.201900428RR}, abstract= {ABSTRACT Influenza virus causes infected cells to generate large numbers of lipid droplets. Because the virus envelope contains substantial cholesterol, we applied atorvastatin (ATV) to Madin-Darby Canine Kidney cells before infecting them. Five micromolars ATV, within physiologic range, strongly (>95\%) inhibits reproduction of influenza A as measured by PCR of viral RNA, plaque assay for viable virus, and production of virus nucleoprotein (NP). Inhibition of any of the following can suppress formation of lipid droplets (>−50\%) but does not interfere with the production of NP: endoplasmic reticulum stress, autophagy, or production of reactive oxygen substances (ROS). We conclude that, regardless of whether this widely used statin, which is generally considered to be safe, can prevent infection or minimize its severity, inhibition of the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase pathway to protect against infection by influenza virus or to mitigate its severity warrants further exploration.—Episcopio, D., Aminov, S., Benjamin, S., Germain, G., Datan, E., Landazuri, J., Lockshin, R. A., Zakeri, Z. Atorvastatin restricts the ability of influenza virus to generate lipid droplets and severely suppresses the replication of the virus. FASEB J. 33, 9516–9525 (2019). www.fasebj.org}, year= {2019}} . The FASEB Journal.
Vinod K. Mony and Shawna Benjamin and Eyleen J. O'Rourke(2016). A lysosome-centered view of nutrient homeostasis . Autophagy. 12. (4). p. 619-631. Taylor & Francis
Emmanuel Datan and Alireza Shirazian and Shawna Benjamin and Demetrius Matassov and Antonella Tinari and Walter Malorni and Richard A. Lockshin and Adolfo Garcia-Sastre and Zahra Zakeri(2014). mTOR/p70S6K signaling distinguishes routine, maintenance-level autophagy from autophagic cell death during influenza A infection . Virology. 452-453. p. 175 - 190.