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Cytogenetics Technologist
Volunteered for six months arranging chromosomes in numbered pairs on photomicrographs using standard genetics laboratory practices and ISCN nomenclature. This lead to a training position within the clinical laboratory with eventual licensure as a cytogenteic technologist.  Also cultured amniocytes using the in situ technique, prepared karytopyes by capturing metaphases using a digital imaging instrument called the Cytovision.  Harvested amniocytes by the flask method and prepared slides by dropping metaphases and G banded to make chromosomes visable by light microscopy and photographed  using  standard darkroom/photomicroscopy technique.  
I began working as a hematologist with a small reference laboratory, I worked through many mergers until  the lab was acquired by a large national laboratory (Corning  Life Sciences).  I Identifed clinically significant potential pathogens and performed appropriate antimicrobial susceptabilities.  I also performed limited parasitology, mycobacteriology and mycology.  Entered data from analysis of medical tests into computer for storage and to generate final reports for physicians.  
Answer patient call signals. Assit with activities of daily  living, bath, groom, dress and take vital signs. Assit with serving meals and dinning room duties as instructed. Observe Alzheimers patients conditions, measuring and recording food intake and output and vital signs to report changes to proffessional. Assisted with resident activity programs as assigned.

Work experience

Jan 1988Jan 1995

Quest Diagnostics


Aug 1984May 1987

Bachelor of Science

Marquette Univeristy


My former jobs were survival jobs, but I realize it was time to change my focus and look for a career. 


Other Notables

 Volunteer Experience. Worked in several hospitals while pursuing a degree in health care; they include Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest,IL( candy striper)  and Saint Therese Hospital, Waukegan, IL( physical therapy) and at Lincoln General, Lincoln, Ne.( Host for ICU).

Community Service. Participated in the Oregon Literacy Program teaching others to read.  Acted as host to afternoon concert events at Multnomah County Library.  Finally delivered meals to shut ins for Neighborhood House, Portland, Oregon.


  • Twelve years combined laboratory experience as a medical technologist.  Highly adaptable at  learning new procedures and techniques, ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  •  Seven years working in clinical microbiology for private reference laboratory.
  •  Four years working in a clinical cytogenetics laboratory, analyzing  prenatal chromosomes for a  large hospital.
  •  Less then one year working in a research laboratory as an aid to the main researcher.
  • One year as a caregiver in an assited living facility.



American Society for Clinical Pathologists
Jan 1998Jan 2001

CLSp Cytogenetics

National Certification Agency