The focus of the University of Florida Cytogenetics Laboratory is on the assessment of human genetic disease. The clinical service aspects of this laboratory involve the use of the most current and approved genetic testing methodologies to address a variety of clinical needs (i.e. prenatal testing, cancer testing, etc.). The research activities of this laboratory are focused primarily on the development and application of these genetic testing methodologies for the diagnosis and treatment of genetic disease.
Initiates and maintains human tissue cell cultures and other specimens for use in all specialty sections of the laboratory.
Prepares laboratory specimens and cultures for experimentation by making slides of chromosome preparations and chromosome banding.
Conducts conventional chromosomal analysis, for general clinical diagnostic cytogenetic testing, via the use of high quality oil immersion light microscopes. This duty involves the identification of chromosomes, description of structural and/or numerical chromosome abnormalities, and the recording of this data.
Conducts laboratory experiments, collects and interprets data, analyzes results, and prepares reports regarding fluorescence in situ hybridization ( FISH ) experiments conducted in the various specialty sections of the laboratory.
Prepares graphs and tables for publication based on the metaphase images and karyotypes via computer assisted imaging systems.
A high school diploma and four years of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.
University of Florida - 16 months ago