Astarte’s scientists bring a wealth of immunology research expertise from diverse backgrounds. With extensive experience in a variety of biologics disciplines, our team is an ideal resource for a wide range of outsource research services. From multiplex assays to flow cytometric analyses, Astarte helps you get on with discovery.
In this Researcher Spotlight, we introduce you to Astarte’s Senior Research Associate, Monica Huber.
Title: Senior Research Associate
With Astarte Since: 2018
Alma Mater: B.S. in Biology, Washington State University
Years of Experience: 30+ years
Monica, what is your primary role as a Senior Research Associate at Astarte?
I support R&D and product development projects. I also provide production back up support and perform a variety of quality control testing and documentation.
What interesting research projects have you been working on recently?
Recently I have been exploring a few plate-based assay development projects to support client research projects. I spent a few months investigating and optimizing one of our plate-based quality control assays to decrease the frequency of repeat sample testing.
I am also currently involved in developing our antigen-specific T cell products. I recently contributed to completion of a client project that involved creation of three antigen-specific T cell lines.
What research services are you most passionate about providing?
I enjoy assay development, something I have participated in for most of my career. It’s fun figuring out the puzzle and flexing my creative side as it applies to science, then perfecting it so others are able to benefit from my efforts.
Do you have a favorite piece of equipment in the lab or a go-to protocol?
My go-to protocol would be a sandwich ELISA. I spent many years producing and purifying antibodies from hybridomas and thrived developing the screening assays for detection of the antibody produced from this method. I am a co-patent holder on a bi-specific antibody that I created through hybridoma production.
What led you to become a scientist?
I actually wanted to be an artist but wasn’t allowed to major in art, so my friends picked out my major. I did well in science classes, probably because I was inquisitive. I targeted jobs that piqued my creativity and allowed me to learn new methods or new technology.
Any tips for young people interested in a career in biosciences?
My primary tip would be to be patient and methodical. We learn as much through the failures as through the successes of our experimentation and there often are more failures.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not in the lab?
Currently I spend much of my free time watching my son participate in sporting events (baseball, football, and wrestling). My favorite pastime is painting and drawing but I don’t currently have much time or space for this activity.
I also ravenously read books and enjoy going to the movies.
To learn more about Monica, connect with her on LinkedIn.