Research Associate for Biobanking, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center - Georgetown University Med

Washington D.C.
Apr 11, 2018
Jun 11, 2018
Analyst, Research
Education, Research
Full Time
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Research Associate for Biobanking, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Care Center (LCCC) clinicians are dedicated to providing the best professional care, delivered with compassion, for all patients.  We seek to prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, quality education, and partnership with the community, guided by the principle of cura personalis - "care for the whole person.”  

The Research Associate is an active member of the team of tissue biobanking procurement specialists responsible for the human specimen collection for the “High-Quality Tumor Biobank and Clinical Database” located at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. S/he is responsible for the routine collection of a comprehensive set of biological specimens (such as tissue, blood, and urine) and completion of clinical data from patients undergoing various organ resection procedures (for example, surgery and biopsy; and is present in the operating room or procedure suite in order to receive resected specimen and record relevant data points. Reporting to the Biobanking Manager, the Research Associate has duties that include but are not limited to:

Collection of Clinically Annotated Biospecimen

  • Attends tissue collection procedures and related areas (surgery, biopsy, surgical pathology).
  • Observes and documents surgical and anesthesiological data points.
  • Obtains blood and urine samples from anesthesiology team and distributes into specified tubes.
  • Receives resected tumor/tissue from surgeon/care provider.
  • Transports tissue to surgical pathology and obtains an extra piece of tissue by means of close cooperation with surgical pathology assistant.
  • Processes obtained extra tissue further to prepare tissue blocks from tumor and normal areas of the resected specimen according to standard operation procedure compliance.
  • Transports blood, urine, and tissue to the central laboratory for processing and storage.
  • Conducts bedside patient interview to complete data acquisition questionnaire for clinical annotation.
  • Registers tissue samples, associated data and in the database.

Data Abstraction

Reviews medical charts and patient records for primary and follow-up/outcome data collection and documentation

Patient Consent

Screens patients to identify eligible patients and obtains consent for tissue and data donation from qualified pool of patient population.

General Lab Support

  • Engages in freezer temperature monitoring and required maintenance activities.
  • Supports MedStar-Indivumed Biobank project through sample handling, processing, and storage.
  • Supports various prospective tissue collections, tissue shipments, and tissue/data release requests.
  • Supports training of new personnel.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience in a clinical and/or research setting, in contact with patients and physicians, and experience in oncology, clinical research and/or surgery
  • Ability to review patients medical chart and analyze the information to be entered in the patient interview form
  • Confidence during the process of consenting patient for study and interviewing patient for the collection of clinical data

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