Carolyn ReidResearch Associate III I am proud to be a part of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program, doing wet bench research on HIV/AIDS.
Directorate: AIDS and Cancer Virus Program
Department or lab: Retroviral Evolution Section
How many years have you worked at the Frederick National Laboratory? 7.5
Job responsibilities: I am proud to be a part of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP), doing wet bench research on HIV/AIDS. I work on developing, optimizing, and streamlining various assays, as well as training others on assays, including single genome amplification, Sanger sequencing, next-generation sequencing, RT-PCR, and cloning. I have also started doing various administrative tasks to help the ACVP.
Accomplishment at the Frederick National Laboratory you are most proud of: After our core was lucky enough to obtain a working DNA analyzer (for Sanger sequencing) from surplus, I helped research, develop, and optimize our current standard sequencing protocol. This included testing various methods of precipitation, optimizing cleaning and PCR conditions of the assay, streamlining the entire process, and training coworkers. This has allowed us to complete projects in-house and saved time and money.
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