Patrick Cavins


Skilled Data Scientist, Dynamic Project Management

Greater Seattle Area

After spending 7 years teaching and working in an academic research setting, I’ve decided to make a change. While I love conducting research, what I would really like to do is to find an opportunity that allows me to apply my scientific mind and skill set in different way. To teach and build success in a research setting, I combined objective, data-driven analysis with rigorous research methods. These methods allowed me to zoom in on problems areas, and build out solutions helping to propel my projects and research forward. My previous work resulted in creating new programing, more efficient workflows, and new sources of funding. Creating, writing, and editing proposals for diverse audiences has taught me how communicate effectively at multiple levels of an organization. As I transition away from my previous environment, I’m open to opportunities in project/program management, risk analysis, and business analysis/development based roles. I would love to find a way to bring my mathematic/scientific brain along with my data driven skills and experience into a company that resides somewhere in the tech space.  I’m open to conversations about any opportunities you believe would benefit from my unique background, skill sets, and experience.


  • Data Analysis
  • Excel
  • project management
  • Proposal Writing
  • R
  • Research
  • SQL
  • Strategic Planning


June 2009

BA in Biochemistry at Knox College

May 2015

PhD in Chemistry at University of Missouri - Columbia


May 2009 - Nov 2017

Postdoctroal Research Fellow & Graduate Research Assistant at University of Missouri-Columbia

-Designed a NMR assay to measure sugar content and type using PCA analysis (SQL/R) resulting in a scalable and high throughput method, a net increase of 20%.

– Instituted a web-based database to verify and track changes to the radiochemical inventory in the lab resulting in an increased workflow and compliance with EH&S regulatory guidelines

– Engaged in numerous multi-institutional team based, collaborative projects managing data, coordinating work flows, solving scientific issues, and training new team members

– Using a combination of root cause analysis and hypothesis testing successfully developed a radiolabeling SOP which increased the targets radiochemical purity from 22% to 78% for a class peptide bioconguates.


Ford Research Fellow at Knox College

– Modeled the stability of protein point mutations using B3LYP like density functional theory calculations to guide fluorescence anisotropy experiments to study protein volumes

– Used regression analysis to predict the proximate volume of protein standards to guide further anisotropy experiments

– Established a set of controls and methods to verify the correct degree of light polarization required for fluorescence anisotropy resulting in method whereby the molecular volume of GrpE mutants could be studied

Summer 2006 & 2007

Crop Physiologist (Intern) at Monsanto

– Collected, cleaned, and scored multivariable plant growth data across 10,000+ samples of developing plant breeds therefore providing a robust picture of overall breed health

– Quantification of overall plant health of corn and soybean GMOs using a portable photosynthesis system and collection/dissection corn and soybean anatomy

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