Nick’s role covers a wide range of responsibilities in the lab, including accessioning, grossing, processing, and embedding gastrointestinal tissue, in addition to specimen sectioning, slide preparation, and subsequent application of hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), immunofluorescence (IF), in-situ hybridization (ISH), and special staining protocols.
Currently, Nick is also tasked with establishing AcelaBio as a certified service provider for Visium Spatial Gene Expression testing, a powerful next-generation sequencing (NGS) method for mapping entire transcriptomes within the context of the tissue’s morphological features on a single slide. When away from the bench, you may find him writing/editing SOPs or reviewing slides and scanned images for quality assurance.
Nick graduated from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, along with a minor in French literature. Soon after, he worked in a peripheral diabetic neuropathy research lab (UCSD) for several years before making the leap to the clinical side of pathology (UCSD Health). For over a decade, he continued to broaden his repertoire of high-complexity testing for disease diagnosis/prognosis on a wide variety of human tissue types in the hospital setting. His detail-oriented, consistent benchwork earned him the role as the lead histotechnologist of his lab, which specialized in producing high-quality IF, ISH, and muscle enzyme histochemical stains for pathologist interpretation.
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