SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT DECEMBERMD Anderson Cancer Center － Houston, TX
Performed various tasks involving data collection, quality control, maintenance, and data analysis using statistical software and other computer programs.
Executed the process of DNA/RNA sequencing, array-CGH, EA, and genotyping experiments in efforts to provide accurate and high quality data used for presentations with collaborators and publication submission as part of the Moon shots Program at MD Anderson.
Responsible for following standard operating procedures and tracking of required documents regarding laboratory samples.
Assisted in the use of design targeted enrichment assays, including Agilent SureSelect, Nugen Ultra-Low, Kapa Hyper Prep, and other technologies pending instruction from Scientific Research Manager.
Participated in continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, and grant-related meetings with the Principal Investigator and to gain a better understanding of protocol issues and project developments.
03/2010 to 12/2014
MEDICAL GENETIC TECHNOLOGIST IIMedical Genetics Laboratories, MGL Baylor College － Houston, TX
Served as liaison between managers, genetic counselors, and directors; coordinated experiments to achieve genetic research objectives, and ensure the accuracy of patient test results before case closures.
Formulated quality reports by analyzing and summarizing information, failed processes, and corrective action plans.
Re-assessed a variety of protocols regarding clinical genetics and supported the development of associated tools for process improvement.
Maintained clearly documented results and advised director and clinical laboratory supervisor on proper course(s) of action to insure accurate results regarding STAT cancer patient cases.
Assisted in DNA extractions, quality checks, data analysis, and synthesis of information which became part of the National Institute of Health Bone Marrow Project publication.
Responded to clinical data queries from coordinators, clients, and genetic counselors.
Monitored databases for patient information accuracy and adherence to regulatory guidelines regarding the College of American Pathologist & Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) as well as cost containment.
Key Accomplishments: Enlisted by the Laboratory Director to head research and development, including the validation of a new cancer genetics testing procedure before its official launch.
Identified areas for process improvement, resulting in a 1.5% decrease in turnaround time.
02/2008 to 03/2010
RESEARCH ASSISTANT IHuman Genome Sequencing Center HGSC Baylor College － Houston, TX
More than 2+ years' experience in next-generation sequencing (Roche 454).
Consulted with supervisor to discuss alternatives and redirection regarding research activities, projects, sample preparation, and data generation during staff shortages to meet strict deadlines.
Experienced in using LIMS for quantitation, data handling, sample retrieval, and entry of research results.
Operated and maintained DNA array robot used to collect DNA for primer design use.
Prioritized a strict attention to detail, while taking initiative, resolving issues, and working independently to meet priorities under regulated or adverse conditions.
Filed and maintained records and entered and coded data for electronic data processing.
Key Accomplishments: Recommended by senior management to join the next-generation Roche 454 Life Sciences biotechnology team which.
10/2003 to 02/2008
RESEARCH COORDINATOR II
Severed as the key contact person for laboratory personnel, vendors, and management.
Organized and led weekly personnel meetings with team members.
Compiled processes and analyzed coded data for input and electronic data processing.
Key Accomplishments: Assisted in developing and arranging continuing education opportunities for staff to enhance knowledge and skills.
MASTERS: PROJECT MANAGEMENT (HEALTHCARE)Villanova University － Villanova, PAPROJECT MANAGEMENT (HEALTHCARE)
MASTER OF HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATIONTexas Woman's University － Houston, TX
BACHELOR OF SCIENCEPhillips University － Enid, OK
attention to detail, biotechnology, cancer, clients, data analysis, data collection, data processing, databases, Database Management, DNA, senior management, experiments, genetics, instruction, Leadership, Team-Building, LIMS, Director, meetings, next, Pathologist, personnel, presentations, Problem Resolution, processes, Process Improvement, protocols, publication, quality, quality control, Research, sample preparation, Scientific, seminars, Strategic Planning, supervisor, validation, workshops
Project Management Institute Member, 2015 - Present
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Companies Worked For:
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Medical Genetics Laboratories, MGL Baylor College
Human Genome Sequencing Center HGSC Baylor College
Texas Woman's University
Job Titles Held:
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT DECEMBER
MEDICAL GENETIC TECHNOLOGIST II
RESEARCH ASSISTANT I
RESEARCH COORDINATOR II
MASTERS : PROJECT MANAGEMENT (HEALTHCARE) MASTER OF HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
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