Stratos Genomics Employee Spotlight is an intermittent feature on our blog that highlights our talented and dedicated staff. September's spotlight is on Research Associate, Amelia Asbe.
Describe your role at Stratos Genomics.
I currently work as a research associate on the detection chemistry team, where I help prepare our Xpandomer for nanopore sequencing, optimize sequencing conditions, and process sequenced data. As a part of the detection chemistry team, I get to see the cumulative work of different teams come together, and help to gather data that is used to improve methods across the lab.
What do you look forward to when you come to work every day?
Every time I sequence Xpandomer, I still get a little bit giddy. I'm watching DNA be sequenced! It's easy to come to work everyday, because my coworkers are as pumped as I am. I'm excited to see what's going to happen each day. On days when a new process yields big improvements, it's pretty exciting to see nanopore results in real time that show everyone's hard work was worth it.
Describe your biggest "win" on a project.
It's hard to narrow it down to one, but in general, it's very satisfying whenever a change in our procedures yields positive results. Earlier this year, we had to redesign some key aspects of our Xpandomer, which resulted in huge improvements. Seeing and helping the redesign come to life and solve our problem is part of why I love science, and it made for some pretty exciting weeks.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I've been getting into embroidery and cross stitch lately. I'm currently working on a few big projects now, and I've made a few small science-themed projects for good luck around the lab. During the winter, if the snow's fresh, I also love to spend my weekends skiing. On non-powder days though, I like exploring and finding new restaurants in Seattle.
Little-known fact about you that would surprise people:
As a kid, I was a bit of a mountain climber. I summited my first "fourteener" (14,000+ foot peak) when I was nine, and I've climbed the highest peaks in multiple states. It's been awhile since I last climbed, but I'm always looking for the next state's highest peak to conquer.