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Makena Hightower (She/her)


Currently living in

Carmichael, California, US

Work Preferences


Open to roles

Long Term EmployeeShort Term ContractInternship

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I have the ability to stay focused on the current project, often working without distraction until the project is complete. I am resolute regarding the decision I have made; one needs to provide truth and conviction to for me to change what I accept. Additionally, before I am able to move forward on any project, I double check my work, using different tests, to prevent running into future delays or road blocks that could have been averted. This system may cause me to complete projects at a slower pace, than most, but it also allows my work to be the one most reliable. Furthermore, should I be selected to make and give a presentation I make sure everything is in ready and I am well practiced several days before the date of the presentation, to account for possible technical glitches or necessary informational changes. In making the presentation I create the slide deck from an outline, which provides a logical flow of information through the presentation.

Top 5 Soft Skills

Logical ReasoningCritical ThinkingDetail orientedCreative problem solvingAnalytical evaluation

Inclusion Essentials


Send Questions in AdvanceInterviewer Experienced with NeurodiversityAllowance of Fidgeting DevicesExtra TimeAlternate Interview FormatWritten interview instructionsDaily Check-InsDaily RemindersCommunication PlanConcise InstructionsReceiving Information in AdvanceWritten InstructionsRecorded Tasks & MessagesExtra Time to Process New InformationFlexible ScheduleExtra Time Off for AppointmentsShorter MeetingsUninterrupted Work TimeErgonomic SeatingNoise-cancelling HeadphonesQuiet / Individual WorkspacesSelf-stimulation tools / gadgetJob CoachingEmployee Resource GroupSupport with Self-AdvocacyTime to ask questions about instructions givenlarge white board and markersindividual workspace where I can make noiseroom to expend energy

Environments I'm comfortable with

Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Bright or blinking lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Variable temperatures
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)
Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Standing for long periods

Although I am comfortable being around animals in my workplace, should I note beable to work remotely, I am not comfortable around med- big sized dogs, and roaming cats. I am good with cats that stay in their owners space and small dog. Furthermore, if I am unable to work remotely, the formate and type of employment would determine whether additional special accommodations are required.


Check out my work

Worked for 1 years, 0 months from May 2021 to May 2022

Data Analyst - California Department of Public Health

I created documents as assigned by my supervisor, for example data analysis and data collection method instruction manuals describing great detail. I was also assigned to review and edited numerous documents by the Unit’s, e.g., the end of the year report. I designed a novel approach to data collection which would focus and collect specific data as opposed, gathering everything, and have to sift through trash to find the treasure.

Microsoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeEditingTechnical writingData Analysisanalytical skillsFocusedIndependentLearn quicklyDeterminedcritical-thinking
Worked for 2 years, 6 months from Sep 2012 to Feb 2015

REsearch Sientist - University of San Diego School of Medicine

As a project scientist working as one in a group of three I designed, coordinated, and conducted molecular biology experiment. I collected and analysized the dated and wrote manuscripts about our findings. Our work looked at the molecular (genetic) level of the casue of blood pressure. In experiements I cultured bacteria, cells, converted cell gentics according to our aims, tested cell expression of gene, and also ran gentic screening.

gentic sequencingcreate and design experimentsanalytical skillswrite and have published scientific workSPSSActive ListeningPatienceGrowthInterpersonal skillscritical-thinking

Education and Credentials

Attended for 5 years from 2002 to 2007

University of California San Diego

Doctorate (PhD) - Agricultural/Bioengineering