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Lab tech, data entry, agriculture, entomology

Des Moines, Iowa, United States
June 14, 2018

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Tessa Hurley



Streck, Omaha NE - Lab Tech I

Jan 2018 - present

● Hematology manufacturing of simulated human white blood cells

● Management and organization of a retention study

● Aseptic technique in eppendorf and bulb pipette practices

● Proficient work with a variety of hematology analytical machines

● Data entry into a variety of databases

● Cleaning and care of laboratory equipment and environments

● Compliance with FDA and ISO laboratory regulations

● Proficient use of auto-fillers, scales, pumps, scanners, temp guns, industrial centrifuges and a wide range of lab equipment

● Adherence to strict timelines for product creation and high use of time management skills Neogen-GeneSeek, Lincoln NE - Lab Tech II

Oct 2016 - Jan 2018

● Arranging a variety of sample types

● DNA Extraction, purification and quantification

● Communication with other lab members and supervisors

● Adhering to sample management and organization protocols

● Operation of tag popping and transfer machines within the lab

● Proper use of hand pipettes and measuring instruments implementing aseptic techniques

● Proper use and care of centrifuges and mag maxes

● Operations of a Spectrophotometer

● Adhering to protocols on logging information for each DNA extraction/ purification/ quantification

● Adhering to the cleaning and safety protocols of the lab

● Assisting in presentations and information on core products as well as participating in weekly discussions and meetings

● Development and implementation of quick references and SOP’s

● Training of new employees

Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln NE - Lab Tech June 2016 - October 2016

● Insect identification (mosquito species)

● Vehicle operation to pick up samples (state van)

● Communication with UNMC about samples being sent for testing

● Communication with shipping services and regional trappers

● Organized shipping of supplies to regional trappers

● Worked on educational propaganda (health bulletins/ pamphlets/ booth at state fair)

● Worked on state issued response plans for mosquito borne pathogens (Zika etc.) Mycogen Seeds- DOW Agroscience, York NE - Intern

May 2015 - September 2015

● Rouging corn on test sites and the nursery

● Assisting in the planting of the nursery test plot

● Field survey and assessment

● Assisting in hand pollination at the nursery including:

Cross pollination


● Special project: Assisting in working with a plant breeder one on one to assessing nicking issues of select plots within the test nursery

● Height distribution study

● Organizing the seed cooler

University Of Nebraska, Lincoln NE - Lab Tech

September 2014 - May 2016

● Rearing and husbandry of Western corn rootworms for study

● Raising adult corn rootworms and matinance of habitat

● Harvesting and preparation of corn rootworm eggs and larvae

● Data entry

● Growth chamber and incubator use

● Soil purification by way of an autoclave

● Head capsule measurement and sex identification

● Assisting in all aspects of laboratory work and care

● Adhering to laboratory safety procedures


University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE - Bachelors of Insect Science August 2014 - May 2016

University of Wisconsin Marathon County, Wausau WI - undeclared August 2012 - May 2014

Benedictine, Atchison KS - undeclared

August 2011 - May 2012


● Team Player- Able to work as a team member and exchange ideas for the betterment of the team even under pressure.

● Computer knowledge/ skills - proficient at using Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and OneNote. Knowledge of ecommerce and PeopleSoft. Typing speed of 49-65 WPM. Skills on multiple operating systems such as Mac OSX and Windows.

● Communication- Excellent verbal and written skills for communication via e-mail, phone and in person.

● Problem Solving- Resolves problems with an open mind to alternative solutions even under stress.

● Organization- Professional, well organized, able to multi-task and balance multiple responsibilities. Keeps workspace and environment orderly.

● Time management- Punctual and able to maximize efficiency and productivity.

● Leadership- able to organize and lead groups in many different settings towards goals.

● Lab Equipment- Able to utilize prior experience to learn how to use lab equipment in many different forms and settings.

● Organization- high level of structure to immediate workplace as well as daily and monthly project commitments.

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