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Research and Development, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, SOPs

Edmonton, AB, Canada
March 18, 2020

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Saira Ali

Edmonton, AB



A proactive, innovative and resourceful scientist with 8 years of experience in developing and validating standard operating procedures (SOPs) for carrying out projects in scientific laboratories, growth room and greenhouse, trained 25> researchers and lab technicians.

Working knowledge and deep understanding of regulations of GMP, GPP, HACCP, CAPA and ISO.

Excellent communication skills, documented 3 technical reports, analytical data from instruments, research publications and presented emerging findings at international and national conferences.


Laboratory Coordinator and Analyst 06/2017 – 05/2019

Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Managed and executed a research project to study the spatial variation in the biogeochemistry and vegetation of the reclamation sites and resulted in generating $200K lab grant fund.


Developed, verified and validated standard operating procedures (SOPs) for analytical tests and instruments.

Routinely prepared samples, buffers, media, reagents and solvents.

Maintained, operated and troubleshoot equipment and instrument and reported non-conformances.

Ensured that safety protocols were met and that a safe environment existed at all times.

Assisted supervisor in report writing, preparing and submitting research grant proposals.

Generated high-quality data by assuring the quality of experiments and equipment.

Entered data in the database, analyzed data and wrote technical reports.

Maintain lab for QA/QC Audit according to the EHS standards.

Provided training on instruments to lab techs, graduate students and interns, participated in meetings and maintained lab’s cleanliness and chemical inventory.

Achievement: Developed SOPs for the quantification of black carbon through HPLC and soil respiration through Li-Cor 8100.

Research Assistant 04/2013 – 12/2016

National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan

Spearheaded a research project for the bioanalysis of secondary metabolites produced by beneficial microbes through liquid chromatography, and published the emergent results in a peer-reviewed journal.

Followed and improved SOPs and routinely executed tasks related to the extraction, purification and identification of metabolites by using HPLC and mass spectrometer (LC-ESI-MS).

Operated state-of-the-art analytical instruments, identified non-conformances and provided solutions.

Generated high quality data, made reports of experiments and presented results in team meetings and international conferences.

Adhered to the guidelines of GPP, GMP and ISO 9001:2015 for keeping lab space clean and safe.

Achievement: Published methodologies for the characterization of antifungal metabolites from microbes.

Research Intern 06/2012 – 03/2013

A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., London, ON

Planned and executed a research project for the quantification of antifungal compounds produced by rhizobacteria and pilot scale testing of the bacterial inoculum in greenhouse and growth room.

Followed SOPs and modified SOPs as required for plant propagation, harvesting and liquid chromatography.

Sanitized the apparatus, growth room, instruments and lab space and maintained the record in the logbooks, adhered to the guidelines of GAP, GMP and ISO.

Properly labelled, tagged and stored all the reagents, chemicals, standards, solvents and samples.

Generated high-quality data and analyzed complicated data by using statistical tools.

Prepared reports and published emergent findings in a peer-reviewed Journal.

Perfoemed QA and QC on experiments, troubleshoot non-conformances and acted according to the corrective action plans.

Achievement: Developed a cost-effective screening method to screen biofertilizer in the growth room.

Research Assistant 04/2008 – 06/2012

National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan

Planned and executed a project for the isolation and physiological characterization of beneficial bacteria, for the development of biofertilizer.

Followed and adhered the guidelines of ISO 9001:2008 for the quality of experiments, GMP and workplace safety and participated in necessary workshops and training.

Routinely performed tasks related to the preparation of media, reagents and samples and properly labelled, tagged and maintained cell cultures and samples.

Good problem solving and organization skills, worked with the departmental organizing committees to organize annual workshops, seminars and meetings at National level.

Achievement: Identified 13 bacterial strains and developed SOPs for the characterization of metabolites important for biofertilizer development.


MS & PhD Biotechnology 2008 – 2017

NIBGE Campus, PIEAS University, Pakistan

M.Sc. Botany 2002 – 2005

Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan.


Technical Skills: Report writing, Proposal and Grant writing, Documentation, Internal auditing, Standard Operating Procedures, GMP, GPP, HACCP, ISO 9001: 2015 QMS, Plant propagation & harvesting, Solvents and reagents.

Computer: Full computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite, LMS, Adobe.

Data Analysis: R studio, MS Excel, PC Ord, Unscrambler.


ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Auditor Udemy 03/2020

Quality Management System Foundation eLearning LinkedIn 03/2020

R Statistics Essential Training eLearning LinkedIn 03/2020

WHMIS 2015 University of Alberta 06/2018

Laboratory and Chemical Safety University of Alberta 07/2018

Concepts in Biosafety University of Alberta 07/2018

Hazardous Waste Management University of Alberta 07/ 2018


Travel, Cooking, Reading, Learning new concepts.

References available on request.

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