Michael A Wiggins, CT(ASCP),
Address: **** ***** ***, ***. **, Gainesville, GA. 30507
Objective: Seeking a challenging position in the field of health science,
Education: Master of Cytopathology Practice; University of Tennessee
Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Bachelor of Professional Studies, concentration in Biological
Sciences and Health; University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Associate of Science, Liberal Arts/Education; Southwest
Tennessee Community College, Memphis, TN
Certifications: Cytotechnologist, American Society for Clinical Pathology,
Cytogenetic Technologist, ASCP
7/13-4/14 PCG Molecular Lab, Dahlonega, GA, Cytogenetic/FISH
I was employed by PCG Molecular as a CG FISH cytogenetics
technologist. The lab focuses primarily on oral and women's
health. PCG is pioneering a three marker test for oral cancer
involving cytology, FISH, and molecular. The lab focuses
primarily on HPV involvement with regard to the oral cavity
and cervix. The lab will soon be offering Anal Paps, Penile
Paps, and Endometrial and Ovarian screenings along with the
Cervical Pap. PCG plans on expanding outside of GA within the
next 2 years and hopes to be present in all dental,
gynecological, and primary care facilities in the next 5-10
4/10 - 6/13 University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
. Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens to aid
diagnoses and treatments for genetic diseases such as
congenital birth defects, fertility problems, and
. Arrange and attach chromosomes in numbered pairs on
karyotype charts, using standard genetics laboratory
practices and nomenclature, to identify normal or
. Count numbers of chromosomes and identify the structural
abnormalities by viewing culture slides through
microscopes, light microscopes, or photomicroscopes.
. Prepare peripheral blood specimens for chromosome
. Recognize and report abnormalities in the color, size,
shape, composition, or pattern of cells.
. Communicate test results or technical information to
patients, physicians, family members, or researchers.
. Create chromosome images using computer imaging systems.
. Determine optimal time sequences and methods for manual
or robotic cell harvests.
. Examine chromosomes found in biological specimens to
. Harvest cell cultures using substances such as mitotic
arrestants (Colcemid), cell releasing agents, and cell
fixatives.(methanol and acetic acid (3:1) Identify
appropriate methods of specimen collection, preservation,
. Prepare slides of cell cultures following standard
. Select appropriate methods of preparation and storage of
media to maintain potential of hydrogen (pH), sterility,
or ability to support growth.
. Select banding methods to permit identification of
. Select or prepare specimens and media for cell cultures
using aseptic techniques, knowledge of medium components,
or cell nutritional requirements.
. Stain slides to make chromosomes visible for microscopy.
. Summarize test results and report to appropriate
. Develop and implement training programs for trainees,
medical students, and nurses.
. Input details of specimens into logs or computer systems.
. Maintain laboratory equipment such as photomicroscopes,
inverted microscopes, freezer and refrigerator
temperatures, etc. Routine analysis of G-banded
chromosomes to detect abnormalities. Performed CAP
Proficiency testing. For FISH technique, used FISH
commercial probes to detect abnormalities. Most common
probes used were 22q11.2/10p14 (DiGeorge I and II
Syndrome), 15q12 (Williams Syndrome), SRY (to detect sex
of child usually due to ambiguous genitalia at birth),
SRY, X, Y, 18, and 17p13 (Miller-Dieker Syndrome).
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Michael Wiggins, p. 2/2
9/05 - 5/13 Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis, TN
Adjunct Professor, Medical Terminology 8/10 - Present
Teach medical terminology to potential students wishing to
work in the allied health field (nurses, radiology, physical
Math/Anatomy and Physiology Tutor 9/05 - 6/11
Subjects included biology, mathematics, and Anatomy and
4/09 - 5/09 American Esoteric Laboratories, Memphis, TN
Clinical Rotations (Cytotechnology)
3/09 - 4/09 Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Jackson, TN
Clinical Rotations (Cytotechnology)
6/05 - 8/05 The University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
Social Research Intern (Summer Internship)
Identified problems, diagnosed causes, and determined
corrective actions. Delivered oral and written presentations.
1999 - 2003 Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN