Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The position provides basic support to the Biomarkers Laboratory, a core facility of the Herbert Irving Cancer Center and Columbia's NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan. The facility process and stores biological samples for epidemiologic and clinical studies and carries out a number of analytic assays. Blood and urine are the most frequently processed samples. For some studies kits for sample collection are prepared and shipped to multiple sites and must be tracked. After processing, aliquots are inventoried and stored in appropriate locations and data entered into the inventory database. When needed, samples are pulled and shipped and the database updated. DNA and RNA is extracted from specimens as needed. Monitoring of freezer function and ordering of new supplies are additional responsibilities. Occasional Saturdays may be required depending on subject recruitment but no more than once a month. In terms of sample analysis, methods include ELISA, candidate SNP genotyping with TaqMan assays and real time PCR determination of mRNA and microRNA expression. The Laboratory uses iLab for service request and billing and is switching to OpenSpecimen for sample tracking.
Internal Number: 6462
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