highly-skilled professional with experience in performing complex chemical,
biological, hematological, and immunologic tests, expert in data analysis,
proficient in GMP Practices and working in federally regulated Laboratory
environments. Profound ability to work closely and effectively communicate
within team, and perform tasks with precision and accuracy.
Areas of Expertise
Liquid Handling Robotics
DNA & Protein Isolation
Conducting Biochemical PCR
CLIA, CAP, FDA, GMP
productivity by being cross trained in all areas of the Hemoglobinopathies
Turnaround time (TAT) of patient samples by performing DNA analysis daily. Successfully
developed a plan with internal professionals to meet NBS Federal Turnaround
Time. Trained new
employees and designated staff to assist in molecular testing and other areas
of the lab. Continuously maintaining
100% proficiency testing by preparing reports and submitting data timely and
Medical Laboratory Specialist August 2010 to CurrentNC State Laboratory of Public Health － Raleigh, NC
Provide clinical support for both the screening of IRT testing and the molecular testing portion of newborn screening for cystic fibrosis.
Perform DNA analysis with the use of a molecular genotyping system to identify CF mutations including multiplex PCR, allele-specific primer extension, universal array sorting, and direct fluorescent antigen assays.
Perform Fluoroimmunoassay procedures to determine the concentration of neonatal immunoreactive trypsinogen in neonatal screening samples.
Establish quality assurance for all aspects of the molecular testing, and reporting of results in the CF Laboratory.
Train other designated personnel to assist in molecular testing and other areas of the lab.
Cross trained in all areas of the Hemoglobinopathies laboratory increasing productivity.
Evaluate data and interpret results.
Consistently adhere to Good lab practice (GLP) as well as safety protocols, producing results that are accurate and compliant with regulatory standards.
Perform supervisor duties by attending meetings, conference calls, approving results, and maintaining the lab.
Improved Turnaround time (TAT) of patient samples by performing DNA analysis daily.
Ensure proper operation, maintenance and documentation of all required instrumentation.
Participate in Proficiency Testing programs by preparing reports and submitting data timely and accurately.
Successfully develop a plan with internal professionals to meet NBS Federal Turnaround Time.
Maintain continuing education requirements by staying abreast of new technologies and expertise.
Perform extensive quality assurance, monitor quality control, and maintain compliance with CLIA, OSHA, safety and risk-management guidelines.
Provide instructions to submitters on proper specimen collection and submission of specimens for newborn screening.
Write technical standard operating procedure (SOP) manuals following CLSI guidelines and revise as needed.
Perform method validations for new assays following Quality Assurance policies.
Review instrument maintenance and coordinate with Field Application Specialist regarding preventive maintenance.
Keep inventory of reagents as needed and assist with ordering highly specialized reagents and supplies.
Medical Laboratory Technologist I March 2003 to August 2010NC State Laboratory of Public Health － Raleigh, NC
Performed Isoelectric focusing to screen newborns and adults for abnormal blood disorders.
Interpreted hemoglobin results on electrophoresis and HPLC chromatograms.
Confirmed and analyzed abnormal results using BioRads Hemoglobin Variant Testing System with HPLC.
Operated manual and automatic laboratory equipment to make qualitative and quantitative analyses of specimens.
Performed quality control to ensure proper functioning of instruments, reagents and procedures.
Performed preventative instrument maintenance on all equipment.
Documented and reported accurate, timely results in written and oral form.
Maintained an adequate supply of reagent stocks and materials.
Created quality control log sheets to ensure that records were organized and up to date.
Communicated with hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices in the interpretation of data.
Attended continuing education teleconferences.
Medical Laboratory Technologist I February 2002 to March 2003NC State Laboratory of Public Health － Raleigh, NC
Performed Radioimmunassay and Fluoroimmunassay procedures to detect a deficiency of 21-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase and Thyroxine in dried blood spot filters from newborns.
Recorded and presented accurate results in written and oral form.
Performed preventative maintenance and quality control on all equipment.
Monitored performance and values of controls and standard material.
Prepared reagents according to the manufacturer's kit guidelines.
Communicated with hospitals, clinics, health departments and physician offices in the interpretation of data.
Attended continuing education teleconferences.
Bachelor of Science : Biology, 2001North Carolina Central University － Durham, NCBiology Cum Laude
Awards and Recognition
Employee of the Quarter: 2010
Aseptic technique, Excellent oral, oral, DNA, documentation, GLP, Good lab practice, Good lab practices, HPLC, interpretation, inventory, laboratory equipment, Leadership, LIMS, materials, clinical support, meetings, PCR, personnel, policies, producing, protocols, quality assurance, Quality control, reporting, risk-management, safety, SOP, sorting, specimen collection, supervisor, Team Player, Troubleshooting, written, written communication
Newborn Screening Molecular Training Workshop (March 2015)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Conducted DNA Extraction, DNA Quantitation, PCR Amplification, gel electrophoresis, and mutation detection methods
such as Taqman Allelic Discrimination, ARMS PCR, and DBS in-situ TREC/RNase P