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This laboratory studies the biology and genetics of blood cancers. Receives and processed samples from patients, conduct experiments according to established protocols, and perform studies on cell lines all in order to better understand how blood cancers develop and evolve.
Under supervision, responsibilities in the lab include assisting with experiments at the bench, processing primary patient samples, maintaining cell lines in tissue culture, and collecting data. In addition, samples may be sent for biobanking and genetic sequencing requiring maintenance of a database of clinical data and digital data storage for results. Biobanking requires the consent of patients obtained through IRB approved protocols. The incumbent assists with writing protocols, obtaining consent from patients, and maintaining the database of clinical information associated with samples from consenting patients.
Incumbent assists with molecular biology & biochemistry techniques including DNA, RNA isolation, PCR, ELISAs, DNA sequencing, microarray chip technology, and flow cytometry. Must be willing to learn enzymatic restriction procedures, cloning, ligation, transformation, HiSpeed plasmid purification, calciumphosphate transfection, Western Blot, and gain knowledge of Human Cytogenetics. Also assist with preparing complex reagents and media, process patient blood samples and record patient results in a data base. Maintain laboratory equipment, order supplies, and maintain accurate records of all experiments. Assist other lab members with projects in order to gather data for publications.
Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology.
Ability to perform basic molecular biology techniques including RNA, PCR, DNA, CDNA, Microarray technology, agarose gel electrophoresis and sequencing techniques.
Ability to establish and maintain tissue culture. Ability to prepare reagents and media, processing patient blood samples.
Knowledge of sterile tissue culture techniques. Ability to prepare reagents, solutions and basic chemistry (PH & molarity).
Thorough knowledge of maintaining a database of tissue samples and clinical information.
Knowledge of research protocol (in order to follow protocols to screen patients for eligibility, initiate treatment plan, collect specimens, and orient participating physicians).
Under supervision, assist in interpreting them to determine patient eligibility and potential toxicities. Ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues.
Ability to assist with medical assessment and patient interviewing to determine toxicities related to protocol management.
Demonstrated knowledge of flow cytometry.
Knowledge of laboratory procedures and values. Ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials. Ability to conduct library research.
Strong communication skills (verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment. Effectively and accurately document research procedures.
Excellent interpersonal skills in order to interact and communicate with nurses in the patient clinic.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail in order to accurately record, analyze and interpret data and patient samples. Ability to appropriately handle highly sensitive and confidential matters with faculty and staff.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology or related field.
Experience working with samples from patients with various blood cancers.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
Ability to work with human samples including blood.
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