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Jacqueline Boudreau, Lab Technician for Baker

What are your main responsibilities?

Assist with product testing, research, cell culture and laboratory needs.

How did you get into the industry?

I got into lab-based research during college working in a marine botany lab investigating seagrass and its role in water quality in southern Florida. Since then I’ve been involved in research projects ranging from pelagic bioenergetic studies in the Gulf of Maine involving foraging fish to mercury transfer in estuarine food webs and larval fish studies at the Wells Reserve to water quality and watershed health analysis throughout the state of Maine.

What did you do before this job?

I’ve been working as a Biologist in regards to environmental science/biology projects across the country. Everything from water quality testing and oil spill restoration efforts to monitoring spawning fish on the Saco River and tagging/taking blood samples of Gulf sturgeon in Louisiana. Job duties have been heavily saturated with both lab and field components.

What do you do in a typical day?

A great aspect of my job is that every day can be different, and dynamic based off the needs of product testing and research. Usually at some point in the day, I can dive into cell culture analysis and maintenance, which I enjoy getting some time in under the hood and with the microscope.

What’s your most memorable or proudest moment?

I’ve been enjoying using the imaging capabilities of our scopes in the lab, getting up close with a variety of living cells - having these live images projected on a computer screen is always fascinating.

What’s the best part of your job?

The dynamic fluctuation of day to day activities, the awesome team I get to be part of, the fast-paced adaptation and problem-solving strategies implemented to meet the needs of product testing and customers. I appreciate the fact that our efforts and results are immediately put to use/channelled into another component in the company.

What’s the worst part of your job?

I haven’t figured that out yet.

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in the industry?

Be open minded to how you can gain experience across a wide array of scientific modalities and methods.

How do you like to unwind?

Immersion in the great outdoors year-round; hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping/backpacking, SUPing (stand-up paddle boarding), Yoga (I both teach and practice) and Mixed Martial Arts training (boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, grappling, sparring, striking, etc).

What career would you like if you weren’t doing this?

Well, on the side I am a Yoga teacher have started creating some nature/wellness retreats for folks to partake in. I also have training and employment experience as a Wilderness Guide (in Alaska) and wouldn’t mind putting that to use in the East.

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