The Human Genetics Resources Core laboratory (Lab) processes and stores clinical samples to be used in genetic research. The major line of investigation is focused in finding key mutations involve in the generation of incurable neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer???s and Parkinson disease. The preparation, storage and databasing of these clinical samples is the major role of this laboratory.
The incumbent will be responsible to receive and process blood samples to obtain plasma (P) and serum (S); these biofluids are aliquot in cryovials and store in -80oC freezers. In addition, spinal cord fluid (CSF) will be clarified by centrifugation, aliquot and stored as previously described. Blood genomic DNA preparations need to be characterized by nanodrop and by gel electrophoresis to evaluate its integrity, before plating in microwell plates to be sent for genetic analysis. The present members of the lab will train the newcomer in these standard protocols.
The candidate should be dedicated, attentive to details, very organized and able to work in a team. The work in this lab requires these personal characteristics.
The chosen candidate will share basic laboratory maintenance duties with other members of our group, including, ordering supplies, monitoring incubators and organize the plasticware stocks and others as required.
Requires two years of college or a completed A.A. program with an emphasis on chemistry, biology, physics, or related science or equivalent in education, training and experience.
Must be proficient in excel.
Good communication skills are necessary.
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