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Rita Garcia


Scientific Engineering Associate, Biological Nanostructures Facility





B.A. Molecular Biology, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 2005

Previous Professional Positions

Principal Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA, May 2009 - present

Office Manager, Microsoft, San Francisco, CA, August 2008 - December 2008

Office Manager, Powerset, Inc., San Francisco, CA, January 2007 – July 2008

Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awardee, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, August 2005 – September 2006

Keck Grant recipient, Joint Science Center, Claremont, CA, Summer 2004

Keck Grant recipient, Joint Science Center, Claremont, CA, Summer 2002


Rita serves as the Biological Nanostructures Facility lab manager where she provides research support to users and staff, as well as assists in facility and safety operations management. Working with the staff and users of the Molecular Foundry, Rita provides multifunctional research and overall technical expertise. She supports efforts in peptoid synthesis, molecular and cellular biology, protein growth and expression, bioconjugation chemistry, and data analysis. Rita provides instrument training on the Prelude synthesizer, MALDI, Circular Dichroism, and large centrifuge, and she performs on-the-job training (OJT) for all users of the facility. Rita also serves as the Chair of the Molecular Foundry Diversity & Inclusion Committee.