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Newnan, GA
April 29, 2014

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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

Cytogenetic Technologist

. Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens to aid

diagnoses and treatments for genetic diseases such as

congenital birth defects, fertility problems, and

hematological disorders.

. Arrange and attach chromosomes in numbered pairs on

karyotype charts, using standard genetics laboratory

practices and nomenclature, to identify normal or

abnormal chromosomes.

. 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

detect abnormalities.

. 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,

or transport.

. 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

chromosome pairs.

. 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

therapy, etc.)

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

Banquet Server

Phone: 866-***-****

Fax: 954-***-****

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