Education

Education
2014 - 2015

Medical Laboratory Science

The Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science

Expected Graduation: June 2015

2011 - 2014

Bachelor's Degree of Applied Science

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Concentration: Biotechnology

Laboratory Experience

Work History
Feb 2015 - May 2015

Clinical Rotation

North Suburban Medical Center
  • Operated chemistry, hematology, and blood bank departments independently.
  • Maintained adequate turn-around-times on all clinical specimens.
  • Conducted daily maintenance, quality control and calibration procedures on Beckman Coulter DxC 600/Access, Sysmex XN-1000, and Siemens BCS-XP analyzers.
  • Documented and reviewed patient data using LIS directories.
  • Screened patient blood for antibodies and prepared analogous units for transfusion.

  • Evaluated peripheral smears for abnormalities and confirmed auto differentials manually.

Mar 2013 - May 2014

Coooperative Student Researcher

University of Wisconsin - Stout

 Research Topic: Microbiology

Title: Epidemiological Analysis of Honey Bee Winterkill

Abstract

It has been observed that a large number of honey bees (Apis mellifera) are dying during the winter period of hive preservation. Although the initial prognosis was CCD, this is unlikely as the entire colony remained intact, differing from the complete disappearance of bees associated with CCD. An additional discerning characteristic of winterkill hives is the common observation of deceased honey bees partially within comb cells, a sign of starvation. The focus of our research is on the ecological impact of Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) and Varroa destructor on immune cells and winter hive preservation.

  • Collected live samples of Apis mellifera for RNA extraction and purification using Trizol reagent
  • Developed a Reverse Transcription PCR methodology and primer sets for viral presence testing of Deformed Wing Virus
  • Developed accurate qPCR methodology and optimal primer sets for Deformed Wing Virus and β-actin protein
  • Analyzed viral titers using quantitative PCR methodologies and statistical modeling
  • Evaluated correlation between viral prevalence and Apis mellifera population size in summer, fall, and spring
  • Collected live specimens and extracted hemolymph after cold-anesthetization
  • Analyzed Apis mellifera hemolymph extractions for individual immune cell populations using flow cytometry and microscopy
Oct 2012 - Dec 2012

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Wisconsin – Stout 

Research Topic: Bioinformatics

  • Analyzed DNA sequences of Microcystis aeruginosa for phosphate-binding periplasmic protein (pstS) gene
  • Cooperated with fellow undergraduate students to regulate purity of gene sequence
  • Developed phylogenetic tree based on sequence data to analyze diversity within the sampling population

Publications

Honey Bee Hemocyte Profiling by Flow Cytometry

PLOS ONE

October 6, 2014

Marringa WJ, Krueger MJ, Burritt NL, Burritt JB (2014) Honey Bee Hemocyte Profiling by Flow Cytometry. PLoS ONE 9(10): e108486. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108486

Awards

Chancellors Award – Semester II (Spring 2014)

Student Research Grant Recipient (March 2013)

Chancellors Award – Semester I (Fall 2013)

Certifications

Medical Technologist (MT)

American Society for Clinical Pathology

Currently scheduling test date