The successful candidate for this position will oversee the routine collection of a comprehensive set of biological specimens, pathological, clinical and molecular data from patients consented to the Miami Cancer Institute Biorepository. He/She will also facilitate biospecimen management for translational cancer research and investigator initiated clinical trials. Reporting to the Director, Protocol Support Laboratory and Biospecimen Repository Facility, the incumbent will work closely with the Laboratory Supervisor to facilitate centralized operations. Other working relationships include colleagues from the Pathology and Surgical Department.
Establish collaborations with the Departments of Pathology and Surgery to articulate and implement the Miami Cancer Institute Biorepository Operational Plan.
Coordinate the Biorepository Training Program and monitor training of clinical personnel in aspects related to patient identification and consent. Track compliance rates and efficacy of the program.
Access scheduling system and electronic medical records to identify patients undergoing procedures to remove cancer tissues in order to ensure tissue and blood can be collected for the Biorepository.
Organize labeling system and assign physical storage of all biospecimens. Enter location information into Laboratory Tracking Systems.
Document pre-analytical variables and clinically annotate the biospecimens. Review electronic medical records for primary and follow-up/outcome data collection and documentation. Complete fields in Laboratory Tracking Systems.
Manage the Tissue Access Committee. Receives and triage sample requests, prepare Committee meetings, manage Material Transfer Agreement and distribute samples upon IRB approval following Standard Operating Procedures and Laboratory Manual instructions.
Prepare monthly Quality Assurance reports for defined performance indicators. Investigate the source and nature of activities with low performance and makes appropriate recommendations as to course of action based on test theory and professional experience. Assists the Director, and Supervisor in assuring compliance with governmental, accreditation, and hospital standards.
Prepare and disseminate promotion of the Biorepository to current and potential customers through presentations, publications, newsletters, and websites, in collaboration with other research entities both internal and external to the organization.
Oversee Biorepository staff responsible for transporting tissue and blood from the surgical rooms/clinics to Pathology and Laboratory. Engage them to analyze main challenges and identify creative solutions. Grows and develop others by understanding their strengths and weakness, provide meaningful and timely coaching to encourage performance.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional societies.
Cross-trained to perform biospecimen processing activities such as centrifugation, pipetting, aliquoting, freezing, shipments.