Jelena Culic- Viskota


30-54 33rd Street, Apartment 1R
Astoria, NY 11102• 646-387-3237 •




Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY                                               September 2003 - Expected May 2007

Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering     

  • Minor in Chemistry                                                                               

GPA 3.878                                                                                                           


Research and Projects


Biosensor- Research”, Polytechnic University, NY                                                          June 2005-Present                                          

MicroParticle PhotoPhysics Laboratory

  • Manufacture and surface modified whispering gallery mode biosensors.
  • Analyze the adhesion properties of various bioparticles.
  • Enhanced the sensitivity of the biosensor by 700%.
  • Measure the adsorption and desorption rates of proteins on biosensor surface.


Alliance of International Youth” Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic            March 9-March 16, 2006

  • Supplied clothing and medical equipment to the poor in the suburbs of Santo Domingo.
  • Translated from English to Spanish.


“Nanotechnology- ResearchPolytechnic University, NY                                        May 2004-August 2004

  • Synthesized iron nanoparticles and tested their structure and contents using analytical methods such as infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.


Working Experience


Polytechnic University Mathematics Department                                                                                           

Teaching assistant                                                                                                               June 2004- Present

  • Conduct tutoring in Mathematics.      
  • Teaching assistant for undergraduate mathematics courses.                                                                             


Polytechnic University Tutoring Center                                                                        

Tutor                                                                                                                       February 2004 – June 2006

  • Lead group tutoring in Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • Prepare practice exams and held group review sessions of thirty plus students for Chemistry courses.

Technical Skills and Languages


Operating Systems:            Windows


Programming Languages:  C++, LabView, MatLab


Foreign Languages:              Fluent in Italian and Croatian, intermediate level of Spanish

Leadership Activities


International Students Organization, Founder and President (2004-2005)                   

National Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi, President (2006-2007)

Chemical Engineering Honor Society Omega Chi Epsilon, Secretary (2006-2007)

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Student Council, Vice President of Academics (2005-2006)

Blue Jay’s Women’s Volleyball team, Co-captain (2005-2006)

Student Affairs Committee, Student Representative (2005-2006)

Provost Search Committee, Student Representative (2005-2006)

Education/Research/Patents Committee, Student Representative (2006-2007)

Student Council Academics Committee, President (2005-2006)




O.Gaathon, J. Culic-Viskota, M.Mihnev, I.Teraoka and S.Arnold, “Enhancing sensitivity of a whispering gallery mode biosensor by subwavelength confinement”, Applied Physics Letters, Vol 89, 223901 (2006)

  • Paper was selected for December 1, 2006 issue of American Physical Society’s Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research


awards and honors

Othmer Interdisciplinary Institute Honors College Member                                                  

International Scholarship Recipient (2003-2007)

Lemelson Scholarship Recipient (2005-2007)                                         

Tau Beta Pi Record Scholarship (2006-2007)

Dean’s List ( Fall 2003- Fall 2006)

United States National Collegiate Award winner in Engineering (2006-2007)

United States National Collegiate All-American Scholar Award (2005-2006)

Edward C. Russell Senior Scholar Athlete Award (2005-2006)

North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar- Athlete Award (2005-2006)   

Student Activities Gold Award (2005-2006)

Myron M. Rosenthal Student Council Award (2005-2006)

Cordella E. Williams Memorial Award (2004-2005)                    

Student Activities Silver Award (2004-2005)

National Dean’s List (2004-2005)