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Supv Research Lab


Tharick Pascaol’s lab focuses on performing sophisticated brain imaging techniques, blood analysis, cognitive testing, and clinical trials in human subjects. The neuroimaging aspect of our work involves patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography. The fluid biomarker aspect of our work includes analysis of blood samples using cutting edge technologies such as Single molecule array (Simoa). The aim of this research is the development and validation of biomarkers capable of identifying the presence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias the development of novel therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases. The Supv Research Lab position schedules, supervises, and coordinates the activities of personnel, ensuring that work meets established quality standards, regulations and is delivered on-time, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a laboratory, communicating with supervisory directors, ensuring all equipment in the laboratory setting meets safety standards, resolving technical problems with solutions and will be responsible for Study Coordinators that coordinate all payments associated with studies and laboratory operations.


  • Participates in planning and setting goals for the maintenance and development of activities and resources appropriate for the requirements of the laboratory.
  • Ensures that the laboratory meets applicable department, hospital and regulatory safety and fire requirements.
  • Functions in a staff role, including performance of tests at workstations, as workflow and workload require.
  • Implements, maintains, documents and assists in the development of an effective quality assurance/quality control program; meets reporting schedules and standards.
  • Participates in the preparation of papers for publication and presentation at meetings. Works with principal investigator and study nurses to solve study protocol problems.
  • Develops and maintains an organizational plan for the laboratory.
  • Ensures the operational efficiency and accuracy of laboratory equipment; arranges for the repair of equipment.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Writes, updates and maintains the laboratory policy and procedure manual according to department and hospital standards.
  • Designs, conducts and/or arranges for on-the-job training and in-service education and information programs for various hospital personnel.
  • Responsible for the selection and supervision of assigned staff.
  • Organizes and interprets data and reports the results to principal investigator, study nurses and study monitors.
  • Prepares, monitors and manages annual capital, labor and operating laboratory budgets.
  • Selects methods and performs procedures for isolation and identification or organisms.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology or Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or Basic Science.
  • At least four (4) years of post-graduate technical experience in a research environment.
  • Previous experience as an assistant and/or laboratory supervisor in a research environment.
  • Successful demonstration of the completion of the competencies required by the department/unit.
  • Proficient management and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle, process and evaluate specimens for testing.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34

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