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Deborah Czarnecki
Degree: Bachelors (BA or AB or BS)
Employer: Pharmaceutical Product Development
Middleton, Wisconsin  53562


Primary Employer: Pharmaceuticals/Chemicals; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Pharmaceutical/Medical Device; Other N/A
Job Title: Microbiology Group Lead
Years in position: 2
Day to day responsibilities:
Serve as main resource to address all microbiological issues. Update methods, equipment qualifications, and methods validations. Supervise the micro laboratory and develop technicians. Perform quality assurance functions including investigations, audit support and response to customer questions and complaints. Manage laboratory budget. Ensure lab and site compliance to cGMP and FDA guidelines. Perform training of employees in microbial techniques. Coordinate contract laboratory testing as needed, and interpret and communicate results. Support continuous improvement in the microbiology lab and production environment. Perform administrative functions for LIMS system.

What do you love about your job?
In every position I have had since school, I find myself working in multi-discilinary groups to solve problems and improve systems. I really enjoy representing the microbiological and quality side of the equation and working with all of these different people to come to a consensus that best benefits the plant.

I also enjoy working with young scientists fresh out of school and teaching them all the things they really need to know to be a productive part of the team.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
B.S. in life sciences field and experience with USP and BAM

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
Get a job in a lab now, whether paid or unpaid. You need to get experience outside of the extremely controlled laboratory classes.

Con't neglect the basics. Believe it or not, you do need to know how to Gram stain, work with a microscope, and streak plates.