Employee Spotlight: Samantha Vellucci, Senior Research Associate
Stratos Genomics Employee Spotlight is an intermittent feature on our blog that highlights our talented staff. This month’s spotlight is on Senior Research Associate, Samantha Vellucci, from our biochemistry team.
Describe your role at Stratos Genomics.
My role at Stratos Genomics (SG) as a Senior Research Associate seems to evolve daily. A big part of it is being ready to take on new challenges and organize all of the experiments, questions, and ideas I’d like to explore and accomplish. To perhaps no one’s surprise, science can be very challenging and especially frustrating when it doesn’t work. Even with smart individuals all around, sometimes the invisible mechanisms that we imagine must be happening don’t manifest in the way we hoped they would. In these situations I think having a supportive team and a motivated group is more important than ever. To me, a little part of my role is smiling and keeping everyone around me as excited as I am about science.
What gets you out of bed to come to work every day?
Aside from loving everyone I work with, I am a sucker for science. I truly enjoy reading about mechanisms and trying to be as creative as possible to apply logic to new problems. Working at this startup is the perfect pace for this point in my life and I couldn’t be happier. Plus, the technology is brilliant. Yes, our leaders are certainly smart but they’re also so creative to think of Sequencing by Expansion™ which seamlessly combines preexisting biology with completely innovative chemistry.
Describe your biggest “win” on a project.
Our latest milestone of sequencing our expandable nucleotides (X-NTP™) in a nanopore is the biggest win I can think of and will probably remember it for the rest of my life. It was incredible to see such a large group of individuals coming together and working hard toward a common goal. I feel so lucky to be a part of it. When we finally reached this milestone it was so incredible seeing the looks on everyone’s faces, knowing that we all made this goal happen—something most people doubted was even possible!