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Lolly Gardiner
Degree: Other
Employer: MRIGlobal
Boulder, Colorado  80304


Primary Employer: Agricultural/Veterinary; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Biosafety; Other N/A
Job Title: Senior Scientist/BS&S Team Lead
Years in position: 16 years
Presentation Type: N/A
Video Call Type:N/A
Day to day responsibilities:
-PLAN, GUIDE, ORGANIZE, AND MANAGE BS&S PROJECTS, PROGRAMS AND PERSONNEL. Lead the biological safety and security program that implements World Health Organization, Laboratory Biosafety Manual 3rd Edition, recommendations, for Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in the country of Kazakhstan.

-LEVERAGE INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS to coordinate efforts with participating institutes and local nationals in the country of Kazakhstan to further develop a national BS&S program.

-USES CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES, METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF ADMINSTERING BS&S PROGRAMS to facilitate BS&S risk assessments of participating facilities and define biosafety plans.

-PRODUCE EFFECTIVE WRITTEN COMMUNICATION. Create and document actionable goals and objectives. Develop technical materials and plans necessary to implement BS&S programs. Publish peer-reviewed articles in BS&S journals; help KZ partners publish and present research. Create standard operating procedures and training materials for biological safety practices and procedures, laboratory containment, recombinant DNA technology, laboratory startup and the science and safety of toxins for academic institutions and construction firms.

-ADVISE ON BS&S PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. Conduct microbiological laboratory design, audit, validation and operational demonstrations. Develop, implement and provide mentorship visits for the identified biosafety officers in Kazakhstan, serving as BS&S lead startup the first BSL-3 laboratory in the country.

What do you love about your job?
I am very fortunate to being working in the Global Bioengagement for MRIGlobal. This affords me the opportunity to travel the world introducing biological safety to laboratory scientists. What I enjoy most about this particular opportunity is making lasting connections.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
I recieved a undergrad degree in microbiology and a master's in business.

Certification and registrations recommendedfor a biological safety profession include:

Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP), American Biological Safety Association
Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety, National Registry of Certified Microbiologists
Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP), American Biological Safety Association

Skills include: organizationals skills, staff training and development, program management, microbiology, animal biosafety

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
Check out the American Biological Safety Associations website for more information on the certifications and registrations needed for a biosafety professional. Nowadays companies are requiring these credentials. ABSA’s website also has a list of job openings. Get involved! Find an Institutional Biosafety Committee to volunteer on. Join ABSA or a local affiliate.