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Lab Manager

Limington, Maine, 04049, United States
October 06, 2016

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Lorena Cooper


Molecular Lab Manager – Pharmacogenetics Lab, with over fourteen years experience in various laboratory environments. Strong investigative and analytical skills. Performed DNA extraction, RNaseP DNA quantification, open array assays and copy number on buccal swabs. Experienced in the use of MagMax DNA extraction instrumentation, Life Sciences Technologies QuantStudio 12K Flex qPCR analyzer, Low Resolution Pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Ion Chromatography, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Elemental Analysis, Optical Microscopy and X-ray equipment.

2015-2016 – Sunshine Pathways Molecular Lab Manager

Oversaw daily lab and office operations. Performed buccal swab DNA extraction with the aid of MagMax instrumentation. Performed RNAseP DNA quantification assays, open array assays, and copy number assays on Life Technologies QuantStudio 12K Flex qPCR analyzer. Accurately analyzed patient pharmacogenetics assay data. Helped maintain LIMS database to enter patient information. Maintained and ordered reagent stock. Ran lot to lot validations on open array and copy number assays. Utilized LIMS and Translational software to upload patient results.

2005-2015 – Tom’s of Maine, Inc. Quality Chemist:

Responsible for evaluating the quality of incoming raw materials and finished products by analyzing them on the NMR, GC, AA, ISE, FTIR or performing other chemical testing. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following, Review Testing data and releasing incoming packaging, Testing finished product prior to fill, Developing and Validating dozens of methods using ASSUREID on the FTIR, Distributing Batch reports to the process area, Tracking and Releasing all incoming materials and packaging using SAP, Performing Annual Operational Qualifications and Performance Qualifications on the NMR’s, Performing Annual Performance Qualifications on the FTIR’s and Monthly Performance Qualifications on the Universal ATR Accessories for the FTIR’s, Global Team member of Annual Raw Material Testing – responsible for sharing testing of Colgate’s oral care raw materials and Tom’s specific raw materials

9/2005-11/2005 – IDEXX QC Technician in Water Microbiology (Temp Position)

Perform sterility and performance testing on products being manufactured in the water department to assure product effectiveness. Helped out in R&D with projects.

1998-2004 – Tom’s of Maine, Inc.

2003-2004 R&D Analytical Chemist/Microbiologist

Responsible for investigating and performing appropriate chemical stability tests for products under development to assure safe and effective products. Support the team by performing analytical work used to validate methods. The bulk of the work consisted mostly of HPLC testing of Wellness products and herbals. Filled in for the Microbiologist for 5 months while she was on maternity leave and performed stability testing for the Body Care Chemist for four months while she was on maternity leave.

1998-2003 Quality Control Technologist

Evaluated the quality of incoming raw materials and finished products by analyzing them on the HPLC, GC, AA or performing other chemical and microbiological testing.

Monitored the quality of the packaging operation and the quality of incoming packaging components.

Managed the quality function of vendor relations, to include responding to complaints and performing quality audits.

Tracked data on pre-ship tubes and prepared graphs of tube defects found during production

1991-1996 National Semiconductor Failure Analyst

Performed failure analysis on customer returns and fabrication related problems. Consistently completing work within cycle time goals.

Performed reverse engineering on competitor parts

Prepared concise thorough and well received reports for internal customers (customer engineering and fabrication process)


AAS Medical Laboratory Technology – Central Maine Technical College

AAS Marine Science – Southern Maine Technical College

Real Estate Sales Agent Course – University of Southern Maine

Clinical Immunology and Immunohemotology - University of Cincinnati

Clinical Rotations

Microbiology – NorDx

Blood Bank – Southern Maine Medical Center

Chemistry – Southern Maine Medical Center

Hematology – Southern Maine Medical Center


Medical Laboratory Technology - American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP Certified)


Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry – 2004


Piping Plover – Wells, ME

Water Quality at Wells Beach

Parent Teacher Assistant – tutoring and mentoring challenged students


Personal and/or professional references furnished on request

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