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Teal Furnholm

Molecular microbiologist and biotechnologist working to clean up toxic waste for the last 10 years. BS at Purdue Univ., and PhD at UNH. Am now starting a business to provide free global education.

Website: http://tealfurnholm.wordpress.com/
Dover, New Hampshire, United States
Member since April 11, 2013
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My Mission: Save the world. For over 10 years, I have worked in the field of bioremediation, am a long time environmentalist, a thorium advocate, cancer survivor, NSF and Singularity University Fellow, Buddhist and hard core molecular biologist. Now I am working to provide free, global, expert-curated education and then running for US Congress. Quote_down
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Business Owning Molecular Biologist

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

Want to save the world AND I am bursting with ideas!

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Frustrating: having a product so desperately needed in the world and not having the money to build it.

Rewarding: Learning new things and having a fantastic team to work with.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

I'll tell you if I make one!
Maybe not having a sense of humor/ not enjoying the moment, but I suppose that is a global human problem.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Trying to navigate US and state government business and tax requirements is completely awful.
2. Nothing happens as fast as you want it to
3. Having a reliable team that you work well with makes it seem easy to overcome all obstacles.

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Degrees PhD in Microbiology (2013), University of New Hampshire BS in Microbiology w/Honors in Research (2005), Purdue Univ.                          Educational Qualifications and Experience Course Co-Instructor at UNH (2010): Designed, organized, and co-instructed a special topics graduate-level course: Web-based Software Tools for Bioinformatics (MCBS 995).   Teaching Assistant at UNH (2005-10): Classroom instructor for General Microbiology, Marine Micro., Microbial Physiology , and Germs 101.   Research Mentor and Supervisor at UNH (2007+2008): Trained students in molecular and microbiological techniques for the US Army Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) and the UNH Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).   NSF PROBE Fellow, Classroom facilitator (2006-2007): Worked 20 hours in class each week with the lead science teacher to implement lessons based on student-driven inquiry, and facilitated integration of laboratory activities during classroom instruction.   ACADemic Awards and Presentations As an undergraduate, I was a teaching assistant (2005), I was on the Dean’s list for 5 years consecutively, and I was invited to join Phi Betta Kappa due to my pursuit of excellence in both science and liberal arts. During my doctoral career I have received awards for academic achievement, including: UNH Dissertation Year Fellowship, Edward R. Landry Scholarship, Zsigray Scholarship, and NSF GK-12 Fellow Representative. In the last 7 years I have presented my research both nationally and internationally at 6 different conferences. I was a finalist for the ASM congressional fellowship (out of 1300), and was selected to participate in Singularity University’s Graduate Summer Program (GSP 2012). As a SU fellow, I was instructed in breakthrough technologies and global issues by international experts, and from GSP my team created Eddefy.com which we are in the process of launching.   Skills As a polymath, I am self-taught in most sciences (by size: quantum – chemical – biological – ecological – planetary – general relativity), as well as global humanitarian/environmental issues. I am broadly experienced in comparative genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and regulomics, writing PERL algorithms for bioinformatics, as well as most molecular techniques (gene cloning, Northern/Western/Southern Blot, RFLP and many types of PCR), SEM, cell culture and fractionation techniques, FT-IR, CEC, GC, MS, and axenic plant cultivation. Also experienced in lab equipment and home repair. Now that I am leaving science field, am learning business and US politics.   Recent publications Beauchemin NJ, Furnholm T, Lavenus J, Svistoonoff S, Doumas P, Bogusz D, Laplaze L, Tisa LS. 2012. Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 78: 575-580. Furnholm T, Beauchemin N, Tisa LS. 2012. Arch. Microbiol., 194: 13-20. Sen G, Sur S, Bose D, Mondal U, Furnholm T, Bothra A, Tisa LS, Sen A. 2007. In Silico Biol., 7: 0039.