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Expert in Biological Safety, Biosecurity, Dual Use Research of Concern, Microbiology

Expert ID: 731291 Wisconsin, USA

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Ms. Expert has extensive experience conducting research with pathogenic E. coli and influenza viruses under the appropriate biosafety levels including BSL-3+ and BSL-3Ag. She has experience with reverse genetics, VLP formation, retrovirus manipulation, reporter assays, RNA isolation, and RT-PCR. She also has extensive molecular biology experience including cloning DNA, RNA, and protein methods; Northern, Southern, and Western analysis; pulsed-field gel electrophoresis;electrophoretic mobility shift assays and tissue culture assays.

Ms. Expert has applied her microbiology education and research experience into assisting researchers with their research by ensuring their work is done in the safest possible manner while meeting and exceeding all applicable guidelines and regulations including BMBL, NIH guidelines, select agent regulations, ANSI standards, and export control . She has extensive experience with biological safety, biosecurity, select agents, dual use research of concern, and export control related issues and regulations. She has conducted research and security risk assessments and has developed biosafety manuals, standard operating procedures, institutional policies, and training sessions. She has also been involved in the design, build, and commissioning of one stand alone facility containing 3 containment laboratories (BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL-3Ag) and two BSL-3 laboratories inside of facilities used for multiple purposes.

She has worked with a private biotechnology company to review their existing facilities and standard operating procedures to improve them so they would be in compliance with changes in the select agent regulations. She helped them develop a suitability program and meet the new security requirements.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin - Racine, Wisconsin - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Waukegan, Illinois - Arlington Heights, Illinois - Schaumburg, Illinois

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: BS Subject: Bacteriology Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Year: 2006 Degree: MS Subject: Medical Microbiology and Immunology Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Select Agent Program Manager Department: Office of Biological Safety Responsibilities: She is currently manages the university's select agent program. She assists researchers in conducting their cutting edge research in the safest manner possible while ensuring all applicable regulations and guidelines are being followed.
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison Title: Research Specialist Department: Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka Laboratory Responsibilities: She conducted research with influenza viruses including highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. She developed SOPs and plans for working in the BSL-3 suites and trained others. In addition, she wrote the BSL-3 manual, recombinant DNA protocols, and animal protocols as well as kept supervised and trained undergraduate researchers.
Years: 2003 to 2006 Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison Title: Graduate Student Department: Dr. Rodney Welch Laboratory Responsibilities: Her research project involved studying a specific locus in pathogenic E. coli thought to provide a growth advantage to certain types of pathogenic E. coli.
Years: 2002 to 2003 Employer: Promega Corporation Title: Research and development scientist Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: She worked on development of the PGL4 luciferase vector system as well as the refinement of other existing reporter systems.

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Publications and Patents Summary
She has 3 publications and 3 abstracts.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
She has developed annual refresher training for the select agent program, general biosafety training, hands on laboratory training, tabletop scenarios, and full scale functional exercises with emergency responders.
Other Relevant Experience
She provides laboratory design review, inspection of laboratories, and auditing of laboratory documents.

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