cDNA Library Coordinator

Tamara Nelson

"I have always liked biology and wanted to have a career in this field. When I started at Austin Community College, I took a biology and a chemistry course from Linnea Fletcher who introduced me to biotechnology. I completed my certificate in biotechnology and transferred to the University of Texas at Austin for my degree in neurobiology with an emphasis in molecular biology. I am now working at Stratagene/BioCrest and going to school full time. It's hard work but very rewarding."

Transferred to University of Texas, Austin for B.S. degree in neurobiology

Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Austin Community College

Employer information


Cedar Creek, TX

Employer description: 

Stratagene is a biotechnology company that produces innovative products for life science research. Stratagene develops and manufactures a wide-range of biotechnology reagents and systems that are recognized as high-quality, time-saving products. Stratagene's product line has recently been expanded to meet the needs of researchers in fields such as neurobiology cell biology and genetic toxicology,. Stratagene was founded in 1984 and currently employs more than 300 people. BioCrest is the exclusive manufacturer for Stratagene and was established in Cedar Creek, Texas in 1999.

What does this job involve?

Job Description and Responsibilities: 

"As the cDNA library coordinator I am the only Stratagene/BioCrest contact person with the customers. I answer all the technical and logistical questions that the customers have about cDNA library construction. I also contact customers with updates and problems with their libraries as well as providing all the documentation. For each new product, I am responsible for analyzing the data, double checking the calculations, adding the excitions and checking the RNA gels. Although I don't work in a lab anymore, I love helping customers and learning about new products."

Commonly Used Skills and Techniques: 

Computer work

Rewards and Challenges

What do you find most rewarding about this job?: 

"The best part is being able to help the customers. I love it when they thank me for solving their problems."


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