B.A: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulder, CO, United StatesMolecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology The MCDB program at CU is a study of biology with emphasis on the molecular basis of life. This includes study in organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, as well as infectious and non-infectious disease associated with these topics. Lab work is required along with course work involving critical thinking and analysis of data such as designing presentations, experiments, and analyzing research publications with discussion. Core Qualifications ____________________________________________________ Team Building Gel Electrophoresis/PCR QA Lab Practice Data Analysis and Organization Google Sheets/Excel ISO 17025/QA Work Basic Molecular Lab Techniques Basic Cell Culture Writing/Communication
Command Center Analyst11/2013 to 02/2016IEH Laboratories and Consulting GroupGreeley, CO
After graduating from CU it took more than two years to find a job in my field, I spent that time working at two JAX outdoor retailer locations; Lafayette during school and Loveland afterwards.
It was not until I was given a position at IEH (Institute of Environmental Health) Laboratories in 2013 that my professional career began.
The company consists of more than 80 labs in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, and Germany, which test food samples for the presence of pathogenic bacteria, as well as other quantitative tests.
I was hired on to run a small lab in Gordon, NE as a lab director.
The lab was being set up to operate on location with a new beef packing plant in the small northwestern Nebraska town.
I trained in the flagship Greeley, CO lab with anticipation to move to Nebraska once the plant was operating at high enough capacity to provide enough samples to occupy a full time schedule.
A few months went by and I was still at the Greeley lab testing samples being shipped from Gordon and running the lab with remote computer control software.
I was offered the opportunity to work in the then nascent Command Center instead of running the Gordon Lab, and stay in the Greeley lab location to which I said yes.
Thus began the transition out of lab work and into the office where we were setting up to run the Command Center.
It began with the Command Center Lead and I doing internal audits of reports and interpreting secondary screen results.
By the time I left we were up to six people and a fully equipped office with data interpretation and storage systems in place.
It was an opportunity that has shaped me as a person as well as professionally, and I cannot understate the importance of the experience.
My responsibilities at IEH were variable and constantly evolving in accordance with what we needed to accomplish for clients as well as to grow as a company.
By the time I left I was working with labs remotely from the Command Center office auditing their work quality, environment, and result quality as well as interpreting results for secondary screen testing and responding to the needs of labs in distress.
A typical day would consist of approving results from new laboratories to ensure quality, auditing records and reports for errors or possible improvements, corresponding with labs and lab directors to aid in improving quality or efficiency, managing the data created by the records kept in doing all of this, and possibly the most important; interpreting and responding to secondary screen results sent to the Command Center.
Secondary screen testing is the final word on a sample, which represents product, and the information dealt there within is sensitive in regards to time, accuracy, and personnel.
Corporate would be involved and notified in accordance to a hierarchical system in place for classification of samples.
The work was fast paced, extremely detail oriented, and at times required difficult decision-making.
Lead Sales Associate05/2010 to 11/2013Jax Mercantile LafayetteLoveland, CO
Jax Mercantile is an outdoor merchandise retailer.
I work in Camping department where I am mainly focused on customer service.
For the company I also aid in product suggestions, maintain team integrity, buyer/seller relations, and ordering product.
Reference: Chad Hendricks - Store Manager Loveland, CO Location.
Sales Associate09/2007 to 06/2009Bed Bath and BeyondBoulder, CO
Responsibilities included customer service, stocking, cashiering.