As the QC Microbiologist at Genesis Biosciences, Ashley is primarily responsible for the spore analysis of our batches through proper and documented enumeration methods and environmental screenings to ensure our customers receive the purest products on the market.
Ashley takes great pride in her aseptic techniques when performing our required procedures and easily lives up to our claim that she is the “cleanest person on earth”. Ashley leads our stability analysis on our Bacillus inventory ensuring accurate spore counts are used in every batch. And due to her meticulous attention to detail, she is part of an elite club of three that meets our qualifications to be a technical reviewer of our fermentation batch records and documentation.
As part of the Microbiology laboratory, Ashley and our micro-team oversee the growth, quality, and stability of our strains from flask inoculations to spray-dried spores to the final use in finished product.
So, what does it take to ensure her work is met with meticulous attention to detail? Find out more…
Some people probably wouldn’t know what your role involves – how would you explain it?
As a QC Microbiologist my role involves a lot of microbiological testing of our strains of bacteria and incoming raw materials to verify they are of the best possible quality. Our role requires us to be very meticulous and detail oriented.
What was it about Genesis that made you want to work here?
Genesis’ eco-conscious philosophy really made me want to pursue a career here. It was truly surprising to find a company at this level that was growing bacteria as a raw material for eco-conscious cleaning products.
What’s one thing that drives you in your work?
Making sure our products go out the doors at the best quality and as quick as possible.
What’s the best thing about working at Genesis?
Being able to work with likeminded people who also strive to do the best and deliver to our customers the best quality product in the market.
What does your typical day as QC Microbiologist include?
My typical work day includes processing many production and fermentation samples and performing a lot of different tests on them.
What’s the most challenging part of this industry?
The most challenging part of this industry is that we’re still a relatively small industry. Therefore, many people still don’t know what it is we do and aren’t educated in the benefits and many uses of bacteria.
What is one thing the general public might not know about your job?
It involves a lot more that just counting “bugs”. We in the Microbiology laboratory oversee the growth, quality and stability of our strains multiple times since the start all the way until it’s in our products and about to leave our facility. This requires a lot of time, skill, dedication and effort from our microbiologists.
What would you say is your / Genesis’ greatest achievement so far?
Being able to effectively answer customer questions about our products and being able to help them.
What’s next for you at Genesis?
Being a part of more R&D projects.
It takes a hardworking team to make our vision become a reality. Read a few more of our Staff Profiles:
- Debbie Williams (Group Compliance Officer)
- Nadia Meghjani (Microbiology QC Supervisor)
- Louis Davitt (Fermentation Manager)
- Betsaida Santos (Chemist II)
- Katie Edwards (Research & Development Scientist)
- Mauricio Amaya (VP of Technical Services)
To find out more about the work of Ashley Irizarry and Genesis Biosciences, visit our About page.
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