Uma Ayer

San Francisco, CA ·

An aspiring Data Scientist with a passion for healthcare analytics. Formerly a web content specialist & contributor in the drug addiction treatment field, with a proven record of driving brand awareness and enhancing healthcare outcomes.


  • Python (proficient)
  • Git
  • SQL (learning)
  • Spark (learning)
  • SPSS (previous)
  • STATA (previous)
  • R (previous)
  • Content Writing
  • CRM
  • SEO
  • Medical Communications


A collection of articles and other publications.

Article - How Remote Alcohol Monitoring Can Bolster Your Recovery

Remote monitoring allows for various members of the healthcare team to monitor test results; in fact, research has shown that sharing both positive and negative test results can help clients in reinforcing their abstinence to alcohol use.

April 2018

Article - The Effects of Spice Use

A Spice/K2 user is much more likely to experience serious adverse effects than a person smoking natural cannabis. These adverse effects may include psychotic symptoms such as paranoia and hallucinations. Furthermore, Spice use has been implicated in cases of kidney failure and heart attacks. With reported effects including reduced blood flow to the heart (myocardial ischemia), abuse of these substances can lead to severe and lasting heart conditions.

March 2018

Article - The Effects of Flakka Use

One of the newer chemicals in the booming category of synthetic or designer drugs, Flakka is typically made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the cathinone class called alpha-PVP. People who use Flakka can display cases of bizarre and uncontrollable behavior.

May 2017

Article - Ativan Rehab Centers And Addiction Treatment Help

Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine drug often used for the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and sedation of hospitalized patients. When misused, Ativan can lead to addiction and can have hazardous long-term consequences on a person's life.

August 2015

Article - Vicodin Rehab Centers And Addiction Treatment Help

Vicodin is a combination medication containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Similar trade name formulations include Norco and Lortab. Hydrocodone is an opioid agonist, a type of drug that relieves pain by attaching itself to receptors in the brain and interfering with pain signals. It’s also a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and dependence.

August 2015

Article - Vyvanse Rehab Centers And Addiction Treatment Help

Vyvanse works by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior. Though it was created as a less addictive and longer lasting alternative to first generation ADHD treatments such as Ritalin and Adderall, Vyvanse can be abused.

August 2015

Supplement - 'K2 Domain of the Lysine Gingipain (Kgp)' in ActiveModels Library to accompany Garrett & Grisham: Biochemistry, fifth edition.

Porphyromonas gingivalis is an obligately anaerobic bacterium recognized as an agent of adult periodontitis. P. gingivalis produces cysteine proteinases called gingipains, proteases that break down both proteins and cytokines. The Lysine gingipain, or Kgp, is the most potent fibrinogen/fibrin degrading enzyme of the 3 gingipains in human plasma and is involved in the bleeding tendency at the diseased gingiva.

January 2012


Web Content Specialist


Enhanced healthcare outcomes within the addiction treatment space by performing research and providing relevant, authentic and critically appraised content on substance abuse, addiction and treatment-related issues, such as substance abuse effects, rehabilitation, and recovery. Drove brand awareness by producing detailed and insightful editing, providing medically and scientifically sound references, and offering improvement recommendations to optimize content and syntax.

2015 - 2018

Research Assistant

Philips Institute of Oral & Craniofacial Molecular Biology

Investigated the virulence and mechanisms needed for establishment, growth, and survival of these bacteria. Utilized various techniques to complete tasks including Electroporation, Polymerase chain reaction, Sequencing, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-Page), Western Blotting, and DNA/protein extraction.

2010 - 2013

Research Assistant

UVA Perception Lab

Investigated the phenomena of auditory and visual perceptual organization. Co-created and conducted a sensory integration experiment at the University of Virginia by examining an interesting musical illusion in which vision influences perceived tone duration.

2009 - 2011



Data Science Career Track
Data Science Accelerator
2017 - Present

Virginia Commonwealth University

Master of Science
Drug Addiction Studies
2013 - 2015

University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts
2007 - 2011
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