Suchitra Ramani, Research Associate at Bioo Scientific Corp. describes her work and shares a typical day.
I am primarily involved with development and large scale production of Next Generation DNA sequencing kits. Additionally I'm a 'Product Manager' for the Cytokine product line, and I oversee production of the kits and provide technical support for customers.
DNA/RNA extraction, Agarose and PAGE electrophoresis, PCR and qRT-PCR analysis, & quantitative analysis using Bioanalyzer/Qubit/Nanodrop instruments
In biotechnology R & D, especially in the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) realm, there is a lot going on in a day. The week usually starts with lab meetings to discuss results from the previous week and design experiments for the upcoming week. I spend most of my time with development & optimization of NGS DNA library preparation kits at Bioo Scientific.
An average day involves experiments to test DNA input, optimizing enzymes and buffers used in the reaction & testing various PCR cycles to get good DNA libraries. Usually working on at least two projects at the same time requires multitasking & organized workflow to increase efficiency. In addition to R&D, I have manufacturing responsibilities which include kit production & implementation of QA/QC procedures.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in a biotech career?
My advice would be this:
Although I completed B.S in Biochemistry & M.S in Bioinformatics in India it was not easy to get a foothold in Austin's Biotech industry. The biotechnology program at ACC had an internship at the end, which gave me the perfect launch platform to start at Bioo Scientific. I have been able to apply all the basic skills that I acquired in the program to my job. Along with the skills that I learnt on the job, I now have a very fulfilling career in the field of my choice!