General DescriptionDepartment: Gastroenterology
Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. 40 hrs.
The GI Tissue Bank (GI-TxB) technician is responsible for the proper handling of specimens and for registry data entry, will catalog and store specimens, and will be responsible for registry oversight. The GI-TxB technician will have direct access to the cataloged, stored specimens. The GI-TxB technician will be aware of the exact location of tissue specimen harvest and will assist and coordinate (with PI-directed technicians) the proper collection of tissues. The GI-TxB technician will work closely with PI-directed technicians to ensure that all laboratories follow unified standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all tissues to be cataloged and stored in the GI-TxB. The duties of the GI-TxB technician will require a person with good computer and interpersonal skills.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The biobank technician will become familiar with all aspects of biospecimen collection and management as well as all informatics tools used to promote clinical and translational research. The technician will assist in clinical trials and see first-hand how biospecimens, biospecimen informatics and medical informatics facilitate clinical research. To accomplish the above stated goals/objectives, the technician will be closely instructed by the TREC Director, will participate in multiple clinical research courses offered in the SOM, and in the School of Public Health, and will actively participate in the following:
Specimen Management and Collection: Become acquainted with all Biorepository Best Practices (BP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Become expert in the use of biorepository software for specimen management Learn all procedures for the collection, annotation, processing, storage, management, distribution, and ethical use of specimens Conduct queries necessary to identify specimens for study, especially specimens linked to clinical annotation, such as pathology reports Interact with Principal Investigators (PIs), nurses, study coordinators, and technicians to see how studies are designed and BPs and SOPs implemented to ensure that all laboratories follow unified SOPs for all tissues to be cataloged and stored in the biorepository.
All equipment and supplies essential for specimen collection and storage: The technician will become familiar with all biorepository equipment and its proper function and use, including, but not limited to: Barcode Printers/Scanners - 1 and 2-dimensional barcode algorithms for labels. Using barcode software for proper label formatting that is easily queried by informatics approaches for cohort and specimen discovery such as i2b2 ( Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) Portable Dewar N2 Freezers - for transfer of specimens to the tissue repository Forma Cryo N2 Vapor Freezer (-196?C) - for long term storage, essential for the storage of immortalized cells Mechanical Ultra Low Freezer (-80?C) - for short and long-term storage Alarm Systems for all freezers Portable refrigerated Centrifuge and Cart - for offsite specimen processing Dry Ice and Thermo Safe Shipping Boxes - for specimen transport and shipping Computer System with software including RAID and tape backup - for the monitoring of freezers Miscellaneous Supplies - Includes cryotubes, storage boxes, blood and plasma collection tubes, storage boxes, freezer racks.