Sirlene Cechin, Ph.D.

Associate Scientist

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Sirlene is an Associate Scientist at Burdock Group, the leading food-safety consulting firm, headquartered in Orlando, FL. 

Sirlene is a chemist with a Master's Degree in Toxicological Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Neurochemistry, dedicating over 16 years to the study of the pathophysiology of Type 1 Diabetes. For Sirlene, the opportunity to join Burdock Group represented a way to reach the broader community in a very personable way in which the results of her work could be readily applied. 

Ten Questions with Sirlene:

In your own words, what do you do at Burdock Group?

As an Associate Scientist at Burdock Group, I assist clients in achieving FDA compliant regulatory status for their various products and processes. It's a very rewarding job because we are able to help distinguish meritorious and compliant products and processes while safeguarding the population according to FDA's guidance. 

What's your go-to productivity trick?

Prepare a list for the tasks of the day, close my office's door and listen to fast energetic classic music: Mozart, Vivaldi, Strauss, and so on.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

I am a die hard K-pop fan girl.

How do you prefer to start your day?

By preparing and drinking my mushroom coffee substitute. 

What's one thing that surprised you about working at Burdock Group?

The nuances of the regulations and how they apply to the different products and processes.

What was the first concert you ever went to?

It was a concert by Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos.

What's your go-to karaoke song?

"The Phantom of the Opera" by Nightwish.

What energizes you at work?

Our Chief Inspiration Officer, Chloe, and her bestie Tootsie.

What's the top destination on your must-visit list?


What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?

Duck tongue, in 2004, while in Hong Kong for the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry. We were hosted by a friend who is a Hong Kong native. He was so excited to have me and my friends there that he wanted us to try the finest, most exquisite delicacies that the city had to offer as per his point of view. I tried at least a little bit of every dish he selected because I had no heart to refuse seeing how happy he was.