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Professional Summary

Accomplished laboratory professional with clinical as well as research experience in all facets of microbiology, advancing and evolving over time to gain deeper knowledge of the questions asked.  Striving to maintain a positive relationship with my team as well as working independently in an efficient and respectable manner.

  • Familiar with molecular techniques and analysis
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficient with Quality Systems
  • Accomplished collaborator
Work History
Research And Extension Support Specialist II 07/2018 to Current
Cornell University - SIPS Ithaca, New York
  • Conducts research while considering multiple approaches and selects appropriate methods based on objectives of the project
  • Directs lab and field data collection efforts to support research activity for field crops pathology research program
  • Proficient in laboratory techniques, such as DNA sequencing and analysis, culturing microorganisms, aseptic technique
  • Provides primary disease diagnosis to extension educators
  • Manages and oversees all aspects of the research laboratory environment including but not limited to the following:  safety, quality assurance (QA), training, ordering supplies, coordinating budgets, maintaining equipment, hiring and communicating with employees and students
Diagnostic Microbiology Technologist I 07/2001 to 07/2018
Cornell University-Animal Health Diagnostic Center Ithaca, New York
  • Accomplished and confident in molecular testing, including PCR, multiplex PCR, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing
  • Molecular analysis using DNASTAR's Lasergene software and BLAST
  • Proficient in multiple testing disciplines, including culturing for aerobic, anaerobic, enteric and fungal organisms and serologic testing
  • Primary mycologist which encompasses reading, analyzing and reporting fungal cultures
  • Identification of through automated systems such as Sensititre, MALDI-TOF, as well as DNA sequencing and biochemical evaluation
  • Experience writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), reports, presenting data to shareholders
  • Quality assurance compliance (QA), corrective action documentation
  • Extensive experience using VetView and other LIMS systems
  • Collaboration with clinicians, scientists on individual cases and research projects to contribute to the organization's shared mission and vision
  • Work with all shareholders in a good-natured, flexible and cooperative manner while contributing to a positive work environment
  • Experience using Microsoft Suite: Office 365, Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint
  • Supervisor experience for student employees and work study
Scientific Sales & Marketing Representative 02/2000 to 05/2001
Energy Beam Sciences, Inc. Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Responsible for sales of laboratory supplies and equipment, technical support and training of customers and internal staff through the use of presentations, seminars and workshops
  • Managing and preparing outreach, specific marketing projects, news releases, newsletters and product literature
  • Development and management of budgets and annual sales reports
Clinical Microbiologist 08/1997 to 10/1999
SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, New York
  • Proficient in handling specimens and setting appropriate cultures
  • Proficient in the evaluation of routine aerobic, anaerobic, mycobacteriology and mycology cultures in a human hospital
  • Maintained and supported Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Quality Assurance guidelines (QA) guidelines
Graduate Teaching Assistant 01/1995 to 04/1997
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, New York
  • Teaching assistant for the following courses: General Mycology, Forest and Shade Tree Pathology, Microbial Ecology
  • Experience with greenhouse, controlled climate chamber and field research experiments
Graduate School: Forest Pathology and Mycology 1997 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Syracuse, NY
Bachelor of Science: Environmental Forest Biology 1994 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Syracuse, NY
  • Ledbetter, E.C., M.L. Norman,J.K.Starr. (2016) In vivo confocal microscopy for the detection of canine fungal keratitis and monitoring of therapeutic response. Vet Ophthalmol 19:220–229.
  • Ledbetter, E.C.,J.K. Starr. (2015) Malassezia pachydermatis keratomycosis in a dog. Med Mycol Case Rep 10:24-26.
  • Garner, C.,J.K. Starr, P.L. McDonough, C. Altier. (2010) Molecular Identification of Veterinary Yeast Isolates by Use of Sequence-Based Analysis of the D1/D2 Region of the Large Ribosomal Subunit. J Clin Microbiol. 48:2140-2146.
  • Barr, S.C., P.L. McDonough, R. L. Scipioni-Ball,J.K.Starr. (2005) Serologic responses of dogs given a commercial vaccine against Leptospirainterrogans serovar pomona and Leptospira kirschneri serovar grippotyphosa. Am J Vet Res 66:1780-4.
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Professional Summary

Experienced Microbiologist with a demonstrated history of working in the food safety and environmental services industries. Skilled in molecular and traditional microbiology, method development and quality control. Strong laboratory development professional with a B.S. in Natural Sciences and a Certificate in Quality Inspection.

Senior Microbiologist Feb 2017 to Current
FTS Analytical Tampa, FL
Microbiological analysis of soil, wastewater and drinking water per EPA standards.
  • Isolated, quantified and ​identified microorganisms
  • Spearheaded method development for food testing 
  • Led environmental monitoring protocols to ensure lab sterility
  • Performed Biochemical Oxygen Demand on wastewater samples
  • Reviewed and reported all results
Microbiologist Oct 2015 to Feb 2017
Institute for Environmental Health Lakeland, FL
Microbiological analysis of raw and ready to eat food samples per ISO and FDA standards.
  • Detected pathogens via molecular microbiology assays
  • Designed workflow systems to increase effectiveness and limit analyst error
  • Conducted bioburden testing on laboratory equipment and consumables 
  • Performed sterility testing on all culture media 
  • Trained new analysts on SOPs and Good Laboratory Practices
Research Associate (Undergraduate Research) Aug 2010 to Dec 2010
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon San Juan, PR
Microbiological analysis of local lakes for coliform bacteria.
  • Prepared media and reagents
  • Performed sterile sampling 
  • Isolated, quantified and Identified coliform bacteria
  • Presented technical and statistical research data 
Bachelor of Science, Natural Sciences 2015 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon San Juan, PR
Certificate, FDA Quality Inspector 2015 Job Center PR San Juan, PR
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Professional Summary

Microbiologist - Experience with Bacteriology, Virology, Parasitology, Mycobacteriology and some experience with Mycology.

Medical Technologist - Experience with all ares of the Clinical Laboratory to include: Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Coagulation, and Microbiology.


M(ASCP) 1990

MT(ASCP) 1993

Skill Highlights
  • Expert in evaluating isolates/Clinical specimens in the area of Bacteriology

  • Expert in evaluating isolates/Clinical specimens in the area of Mycobacteriology

  • Vast experience with Staff Supervision

  • Vast experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Worked with following analyzers:
  • Beckman-Coulter,
  • Bayer ADVIA
  • ACL Top and Elite
  • Clinitek 500
  • RXL's
  • Siemens DCAs
  • Biosite Triage meter
  • Vitros Chemistry analyzer
Professional Experience
Medical Technologist II and IV 04/1990 to Current Seton Family of Hospitals Austin and Round Rock, TX

Employed with Seton Family of Hospitals for 23 years. Have worked in the capacity of Medical Technologist IV in both the areas of Microbiology and Hematology. Have also worked as a Generalist in all the areas of the Laboratory to include: Microbiology, Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Coagulation and the Blood Bank.

Medical Technologist 11/1990 to Current Pinon Health Center Pinon, Az

Works as a Medical Technologist at the IHS Pinon Health Clinic. Duties included limited Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry and Serology. Familiar with RPMS-EHR government laboratory health information system.

Medical Technologist 05/1999 to 03/2005 North Austin Medical Center Austin, TX

Worked in all ares of the Clinical Laboratory to include: Microbiology, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry and the Blood Bank.

In addition, experience with all three shifts.

Microbiologist V, Section Chief of the Clinical Tuberculosis Laboratory 01/1995 to 05/1998 Texas Department of Health Austin, TX

Supervised the Clinical TB Laboratory, to include 8 personnel.

Duties included: The start up of the Laboratory, ordering supplies, maintaining standing orders, participating in proficiency testing, ensuring quality control and quality assurance and serving as a CAP inspector.

Microbiologist 08/1988 to 05/1990 Microbiology Specialists, Inc. Houston, TX

Trained in the areas of Bacteriology, Virology, and Mycobacteriology

Microbiologist 08/1985 to 07/1988 Austin Biological Laboratories Austin, TX

Participated in the research needed for developing a rapid identification kit for the aerobic, nonfermentative gram negative bacteria. Also tested isolates, using biochemical reactions, to confirm identification of organisms submitted.

Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Microbiology 1985 Texas Tech University Lubb, TX, USA
Community Service

Donate to the Central Texas Regional Blood Center, 2010 - present

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Professional Summary

Driven professional, dedicated to creating, expanding, and multiplying value for clients and stakeholders, by providing solutions that offer business growth, financial performance, competitive advantage, talent development, minimized risk, innovation, and longevity in a changing dynamic market.

  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Development
  • Team Building
  • Drive Results
  • Presentation and Facilitation
  • Processes and Procedures
  • Microsoft Office
  • Consultative Support
  • Client Relationships
  • B2B Sales Experience
  • Retail Sales Experience
  • Excellent Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Assurance
  • Designed and Implemented batch record review procedure, resulting in 65% time reduction and increased Right First Time metric from ~25% to ~90%.


  • Implemented a Quality Tier process, to assess WIP, demand, backlog, and output, to communicate business needs and assign tasks, resulting in even workload distribution, elimination of backlog and a maintained 100% Review on Time metric.


  • Designed and implemented a training curriculum for Operations, resulting in reduced time spent training, from ~1-2 years to ~4-6 months.


  • Created advanced Excel spreadsheet to track and calculate business metrics.


Work History
Consultant 04/2018 to Current
Werum IT Solutions Parsippany, NJ
  • Business consulting for pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing

  • Advise and train client associates in the use, configuration, and best practices associated with PAS-X MES software

  • Investigate and resolve client issues 

  • Cross-sell PAS-X content packages to better suit customer needs
Quality Specialist 03/2013 to 04/2018
Merck & Co. Inc. West Point, PA
  •  Team lead, directing quality assurance efforts to implement processes to maximize efficiency and minimize waste.

  • Develop daily executive presentations and reports to facilitate project evaluation and process improvement and communicate active trends and metrics

  • Coordinate cross-functional meetings and define clear targets and objectives across multiple internal departments and teams

  • Monitor timelines and flag potential issues to be addressed

  • Received 4 internal promotions
Microbiologist 05/2012 to 03/2013
Fibrocell Science Exton, PA
  • Facilitate team daily plan of action in support of operations.


  • Aseptic trainer and observer.


  • Environmental Monitoring of Class, A, B, and C aseptic manufacturing areas.


  • Sterility testing of cell suspension and raw materials.
Sales Associate 08/2011 to 05/2012
Altier Jewelers Scranton, PA
  • Business to Business purchasing and sales between jewelers and vendors.

  • Built relationships with customers to increase likelihood of repeat business.


  • Recommended merchandise to customers based on their needs and preferences.


  • Maintained knowledge of current sales and promotions, policies regarding payment and exchanges and security practices.

Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Merck & Co.
- West Point, PA

Master of Science: Biotechnology Marywood University - Scranton, PA
  • Concentration in Business Management
  • G.P.A:  3.9 / 4.0
Bachelor of Science: Biotechnology Marywood University - Scranton, PA
  •  Minor in Chemistry
  • Concentration in Business Administration
  • G.P.A:  3.4 / 4.0
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Highly qualified meticulous Biomedical Scientist/Microbiologist , excellent at juggling multiple tasks and working under pressure. Broad industry experience includes Medical ,Pharmaceutical, Food and brewery.

Key Skills
  • Titration,Vital assessment
  • Lab supervision expert
  • GMP environment expert.
  • Independent worker
  • Collaborative team player
  • Accurate,efficient multi-tasker
  • Proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office, including Access, Excel, Word and Power Point
  • PCR,Lab maintenance and calibration expert 
  • Diagnostics with further test
  • Msc dissertation on Anti HIV drugs.
  • Aseptic and sterilization process expert.
  • Infection control and COSHH expert.
  • Research project on Cell lines characterisation with MALDI-ToF-MS and Microbial Analysis of Swimming Pools.
  • Internal  Auditor /HACCP Expert
Professional Experience
Microbiologist 09/2015 to Current Molson Coors UK LTD. Warrington, Cheshire
      ● Lead, plan and carrying out trials including investigation relating to out of specifications results.
      ● Tracking environmental microorganism development.
      ● Recording, analysing, interpreting data,Keeping up to date with scientific and research developments.
      ● Preparing in-depth risk assessment for all new product /samples   or equipements in the laboratory.
      ● Ensuring that data is recorded accurately in accordance to  guidelines and staffs training.
      ● Collecting samples,inspecting food and drinks for possible contamination
      ● Yeast propagation, fermentation,PG,Haze,PH and media preparation
      ● Microscopy, microbial culture, identification,sensitivity and Gram Staining
Microbiologist 01/2013 to 09/2015 Arla Foods LTD Leeds, West Yorkhire
  • Media preparation, microbiological cultures including TVC,water analysis/collection.
  • Reading and entering of sample results into micro LIMS.
  • Checking fat, salt and viscosity level of sample.
  • Preparation of buffer solution and adjusting PH of reagent.
  • Determines specimens for testing accordingly via testing procedure while observing high health and safety standards.
  • Respond to critical values and documents action taken.
  • Preventative maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment.
  • Initiate troubleshooting steps to evaluate testing failures .
  • Notifies management on any unusual results.
  • Monitors /maintains a consistent supply of reagents and consumables.
  • Prompt/ courteously answers of phone and assists clients and other departments with results.
  • Instructs and trains new employees in the proper performance of routine procedures,shelf life investigations of samples.
  • Provide technical expertise in support of investigations and developmental work .
Biomedical Consult 10/2008 to 12/2012 Omega Consulting London
  • Interpretation of complex medical laboratory test results for International laboratories.
  • Providing professional and comprehensive consultancy services.
  • Raise, close and monitor discrepancies in Clinical Research.
  • Providing expert Knowledge on ICH guidelines, GCP and clinical trial process.
  • Training employee on drug development process and Pharmaceutical Microbiology.
  • Writing research papers, reports and reviews
Laboratory Manager/Lead Biomedical Scientist 02/1753 ABBA Medical Diagnostic Laboratories/Hospital Abuja
  • Writing medical reports,monitoring the effects of treatment and medication with further test.
  • Bacteria /cell culture, gram staining of microbial samples and sensitivity test with antibiotic disc.
  • Performing test such as HIV,Hepatitis,malaria,TB,Full Blood Count(FBC) and so on.
  • DNA Purification/ preparation, DNA cloning, confocal microscopy
  • Evaluates the acceptability of routine analysis prior to releasing patient reports.
  • Provides on-going technical guidance to laboratory assistants, laboratory associates and other Clinical Laboratory Scientists.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through continuing education activities.
  • Provide microbiological expertise in support of investigations, developmental and equipment qualification.
  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Provides direct and constant supervision to unlicensed staff as necessary
  • Checks the computer review reports to monitor accurate reporting of patient results.
  • Contributing to process improvement and quality assurance.
Education and Professional Training
Level 3 Award in HACCP 2016
Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering 2016
First Aid at Work 2016
Internal QMS Auditor 2016
Bachelor of Science: Unprogrammed Units:Pathological Science,Clinical Biochemistry and Haematology. 2010 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield, United Kingdom
Master of Science: Biomedical Science Basis of Diseases 2008 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Science: Microbiology University of Benin Benin City

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Biomedical Scientist.
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Develops and maintains collaborative and effective relationships with client resulting in improved quality and client satisfaction. Resourceful an results driven with a commitment to meeting and exceeding goal with focus on both quality and timeliness.

Skill Highlights
  • Quality control professional
  • Detail Oriented
  • Multi -Task
  • Bilingual
  • Polymer blending
  • Knowledge in CGMP, GMP and SOP.
  • Ran production lines with a 0% error rate.
  • Promoted to Quality Control after only 8 month on the job.
  • Checking the quality of products within a production run with no issues.
02/2013 to 09/2017
Quality Control Microbiologist Thermo Fisher Scientific Franklin, MA
  • Operated dishwashers, autoclaves, pH meters, scales and mixers.
  • Analyzed experimental data an interpret result to write report and summaries of finding.
  • Collect environmental samples such as air, water, surface, earth in order to maintain the environmental requirement. 
  • keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
  • Perform monthly inventory of all the equipment and microorganisms.
  • Identified and classified microorganism found in different specimens.
  • Develop and perform microbial method validations.
  • Test efficacy of preservatives and maintain prudent record of CGMP, GMP, SOP, & ISO.
  • Perform RT - PCR and DNA extractions.
  • Maintain Sterility, Bio-burden and Endotoxin testing areas in a state of cGMP compliance. 
  • Perform and review growth promotion testing data for qualification of microbial culture media.
  • Manufacturing experience in a quality role experience with ISO 9001 Experience with Documentation and internal audits and write corrective action where appropriate based on deficiencies and changes to the standards.
05/2008 to 05/2013
Second Lieutenant Officer ARMY Reserve Unit 246 QM Aguadilla, PR
  • Conduct and create training schedules in order to accomplish the objective for each days.
  • Make decisions in extreme situations.
  • Work with soldier and non-commissioned Officer.
  • Inspires and motivates soldier on their task.
  •  Solves problems and analyzes issues.
  •  Responsible for ensure their subordinates are trained and can operate independently based on the my intent.
Master of Arts: Industrial Engineering Brown University Providence, RI

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Bachelor of Science: Microbiology Inter American University San German, PR