My methodology is to use simple language, analogies, problem solving and positive feedback to breakdown complex scientific material. I encourage questions and critical thinking to demystify what is misunderstood. In essence, I use what the student already knows to help them understand what they don't.
I am a Clinical Laboratory Technologist with 10 years of experience using diagnostic laboratory techniques as well as training others in these techniques as well as the basics of biological science, chemistry, cell biology, and laboratory safety to students, colleagues and researchers.
To whom this may concern:
After having spent almost a decade working hard to advance the clinical laboratories where I have worked, I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research in order to transition into the clinical research field where I believe I am best suited. In addition to my studies, I wish to utilize my years of training experience to help young people achieve their higher educational goals which is why I believe tutoring in math, science and writing skills could help aid me in that endeavor.
The Laboratory of Comparative Pathology (LCP) is a full service pathology laboratory where pre-clinical research investigators submit samples from for clinical laboratory and diagnostic services. Over the course of almost 9 years, I matured from a green, eager, and precocious tech to a dedicated, knowledgeable, and results driven professional by leading the helm in expanding the laboratory’s testing capabilities. The expansion resulted in a need to train more staff in addition to post-doctoral fellows, management, and investigators. I credit much of my success in effective training, mentorship and leadership to my Army career where I was a squad leader responsible for 6 soldiers.
My comfort and experience with presenting complex scientific information in a fun and digestible fashion has helped me with my own self-cultivation and so it is my desire that it would do the same for eager and driven young people. I hope to speak with you about this opportunity and I am grateful for your time and consideration. Thank you.
Desirée E. Powell
I am a seasoned clinical laboratory professional who has experience in both the regulated hospital lab as well as the pre-clinical research lab. Leadership, critical thinking, empathy, loyalty, teamwork, and meticulous attention to detail are all intricately woven into the fabric of my professionalism and are also a part of my personal ethos. My objective is to obtain a tutoring position that is best suited for an individual with these qualities.
Skills & Attributes
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Comfortable working autonomously and in groups
Thrives in a fast-pace environment
Proficient with MS and Adobe Acrobat applications
Problem solving/Critical thinking
Scientific literature research
IDEXX Laboratories, Totowa, NJ- March 2017-August 2017
Parasitology Bench Supervisor
• Oversaw daily bench work activities and provided resources for the professional growth of 16 laboratory technicians
• Prepared and utilized training aids during training sessions
• Ensured all testing was complete by the designated turnaround times
• Conducted interviews and hired new staff
• Prepared staff work schedules and approved payroll
• Performed routine testing including, but not limited to:
o Fecal Floatation test: Zinc sulfate-centrifugation method
o ELISA testing
MicroLab STAR Hamilton Automation
Reconfigured the workflow to increase productivity by more than 40%
Altered the schedule to maximize the number of techs working during the most crucial times of the shift
Utilized the new workflow to promote teambuilding and cooperation
Standardized all departmental procedural and performance processes and improved upon pre-established testing procedures
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer at the Laboratory of Comparative Pathology-July 2008 to March 2017
Senior Clinical Pathology Laboratory Technician
• Monitored the laboratory workflow
• Performed routine testing in the disciplines of microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry, parasitology, molecular testing, urinalysis, and environmental water quality
• Trained all staff as well as students, pathologists, management personnel, and investigators upon request
o Created a training curriculum
o Conducted Power Point Presentations
o Created atlases, guides and other training materials
• Collaborated with investigators by providing hands-on training and discussed testing options with respect to the needs of their research
• Prepared and revised SOPs for hematology, molecular testing, parasitology, clinical chemistry, and specimen accessioning
Lead the implementation of a new molecular assay – 2010
o Multiplex Fluorometric ImmunoAssay (MFIA)- BioPlex 200 multiplex assay analyzer
Lead the implementation of a new hematology protocol– 2011
o IDEXX ProCyte Dx veterinary hematology analyzer
o Aided IDEXX with the expansion of their species menu for the ProCyte Dx analyzer
Lead the implementation of a new Clinical Chemistry bench – 2013
o Beckman Coulter AU680 Clinical Chemistry analyzer
NYS Army National Guard, C Co. (Med) 427th BSB, Buffalo, NY- December 2006 to July 2012
Squad Leader/Medical Laboratory Specialist
• Oversaw the mission activities of 6 soldiers under my command which included, but was not limited to:
o Ensured they possessed and maintained all their Army issued equipment
o Ensured they went to their appointments and attended their required training events
o Provided resources for professional growth and promotions
o Encouraged them to maintain a professional and positive attitude when facing unfavorable circumstances by cultivating a culture of teamwork and motivation among the group
• Carried out tasks as specified by higher command
• Maintained inventory of lab equipment for upcoming deployments
New York State Soldier of the Year 2011
Georgia State Army National Guard, C Co. (Med) 148th BSB, Operation Enduring Freedom Tour of Duty, Kabul, Afghanistan- May 2009 to April 2010 (Volunteer Mission)
Medical Laboratory Specialist
• Performed clinical testing in hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, coagulation, microbiology, and parasitology
• Conducted regular maintenance of analyzers, performed quality control, and maintained inventory of lab supplies
• Specimen collection: phlebotomy, skin scrapes, urine (provided training and guidelines)
Aided the medical staff of the U.S. Embassy with their successful setup of a clinical laboratory in addition to performing clinical testing and specimen collection at their facility
Accompanied the Preventative Medicine team on missions to Afghan National Army camps to help investigate the source of a highly contagious flu-like illness. I presented my findings to the Afghan Army’s high-ranking officers and medical professionals.
Masters of Science in Clinical and Translational Research-Projected Graduation: August 2019
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science
Relevant Coursework: Clinical and Translational Research Foundations, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Collaborations and Team Science, Critical Analysis of Clinical Research
Medical Laboratory Technology/Health Science Certificate-June 2008
United States Army via George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science
United States Army Medical Department Center and School
Fort Sam Houston, TX
Bachelor of Arts in Biology-August 2006
State University of NY at Geneseo
Protecting Human Research Participants
Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
Desirée is a brilliant young woman, particularly regarding math and science. She is creative and personable and can break down these subjects into bite size lessons you will remember at test time. She makes learning fun.
Desiree is very knowledgeable in biology and really takes time to make sure you understand the concepts. She doesn’t just read off a textbook. She provides real world examples to ensure you understand the significance of the concepts taught. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
Desiree worked as a laboratory technician for me at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She is knowledgeable in laboratory medicine and the clinical interpretation of results. Medical technicians like Desiree must possess a wide range of knowledge in the fields of biology, chemistry and computer science in order to perform their job. Her ability to apply this knowledge in a practical application like laboratory medicine makes her the ideal person to teach students interested in pursuing a STEM degree.
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