Hope Kenmore, who graduated in May with a double major in Biology and Dance, has been hired as a full-time lab technician at the Institutional Biorepository Core (IBC) of Weill Cornell. She reports:
The IBC takes in, processes, and stores human tissue samples from many different patients and participants for current studies and future research. I’m excited that in this position I will get to see many different kinds of research, as we are a central “biobank.” Many different research groups request sample collection and/or distribution from the IBC for studying all different types of diseases, cancer, and, of course, COVID-19.
In my first few days I have already accessioned and processed lots of
blood samples that were tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and started
training with the IBC’s Pathology Assistant to pick up new tissue
straight from biopsies and surgeries. I’m so excited about all my new
responsibilities, and I can tell I will continue learning a lot at
The faculty have taught me so much and helped prepare me so I could start working right after graduating, despite a pandemic, struggling economy, and difficult job market.