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In 2006, the Processing Lab opened in order to provide a group dedicated to building, maintaining, and expanding blood specimen sample libraries within the Ragon Institute.
In the course of its mission, the Processing Lab receives HIV+ and HIV- human blood donations from local hospitals, and then isolates blood plasma, DNA, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The isolated DNA and cells are then stored in a sample repository from which researchers can request specimens to use during experiments using the Cellular Immunology Database (CIDB), which is maintained and updated by the Processing Lab. The repository contains tens of thousands of vials of cells, ranging from PBMCs to B cell lines in addition to plasma and DNA samples, all harvested, prepared, maintained, and distributed by the Processing Lab.
In addition to maintaining and expanding the CIDB and sample repositories, the Processing Lab also provides training to guests and members of the Institute.
Ildiko Toth, Ph.D.
Manager, Processing Lab
Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT & Harvard
400 Technology Square 830 N-1, 836 A (lab)
Cambridge, MA 02139-3583
Tel: (857) 268-7162 (-7125 lab) | Fax: (857) 268-7142 | Pager: (617) 339-1835
Ildiko Toth | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ildiko is the manager of the Processing Lab. She received her M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Attila Jozsef University in Szeged, Hungary. Before coming to the USA she lived in Basel Switzerland. After completing her postdoc training at Harvard University Department of Molecular Biology, she worked for BioTechnica International, Inc. She had faculty positions at Tufts School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School working on iron homeostasis. She also worked at Quest Diagnostics as manager of the Hematology Department. She joined the Ragon Institute in July, 2006. She loves animals, enjoys traveling and likes hiking and reading.
Michael Baladiang |email@example.com
Michael joined the Processing lab in December of 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Biology. During his time in UMass he was part of the Red Cross club and was a teaching assistant for the histology graduate course. Michael was born in the Philippines and loves to travel to places unbeknownst to his eye. When he doesn’t spend his time working in the fascinating world of the Ragon Institute, which is rarely, Michael enjoys long walks on the beach, the company of beautiful women, and a tall glass of milk. But what he especially loves is napping and dreaming about science.
Isobel Fetter | firstname.lastname@example.org
Isobel joined the processing lab in November 2016. She graduated with her BS in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in May 2016. At CWRU Isobel joined Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, and was president her senior year. Looking forward Isobel is thinking about heading back to school eventually, but whether that will be medical school, graduate school, or something else entirely is yet to be determined. Outside of the lab Isobel enjoys cooking and baking, reading, watching something new on Netflix, and spoiling her cat Luna.
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