Team Spotlight: Asia Celestial Sison, ClinicalLaboratory Scientist
Micronoma
by Sam Mellone
1M ago
Asia started working for Micronoma in October 2022. She was born in the San Francisco Bay area but grew up in San Diego and has lived here for the last 25 years. As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Micronoma’s new clinical diagnostic lab, her main responsibility is transferring assays from R&D to CLIA lab and optimizing assays for use on patient specimens from sample receipt, testing, analysis, and result reporting. She ensures sample processing is performed in an efficient and controlled way and participates in areas of analysis, regulatory compliance with state and federal regulat ..read more
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Team Spotlight: Mauka Manuwai Employee Spotlight for Micronoma
Micronoma
by Sam Mellone
2M ago
Mauka Manuwai joined the Micronoma team in July 2022 as a Research Associate II. Originally from Medford, Oregon, he decided to trade the evergreen trees for the salty waves and sandy beaches of San Diego in 2021. In Hawaiian, his name Mauka means: Towards the Mountain. He is responsible for assisting senior scientists in the study of microbiome biomarkers linked to tumor tissue. Mauka spoke with us to provide some insight into his work and path to Micronoma. What does a typical day look like for you? I spend the majority of my time working on the Oncobiotatm assay, assisting Serena and the R ..read more
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Team Spotlight: Stephen Wandro, Senior Scientist, Computational Biology
Micronoma
by Jad Duncan
6M ago
Stephen Wandro joined Micronoma in August 2020 as a senior scientist, with a speciality in analyzing DNA sequencing data. He is responsible for building computational pipelines and interpreting biological data with statistics and machine learning. He organizes and interprets the extensive data from our wet lab into the exciting results that inform our diagnostic test. Though from the Bay Area, he has lived in San Diego for the last three years. He received his B.S. from UCLA in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and his Ph.D. from UC Irvine in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry ..read more
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Hallmarks of Cancer Update Sharpens Focus on Micronoma’s Work
Micronoma
by Sandrine Miller
10M ago
Inclusion of microbiome supports Micronoma’s efforts to improve cancer detection The “hallmarks of cancer” have captured the core features of cancer biology and served as a guide for future research since their original publication in Cell in 2000. Since then, the hallmarks and its 2011 update have been cited collectively more than 95,000 times, indicating the high credibility of these publications. In 2022, the addition of the “polymorphic microbiomes” in the third installment of this vaunted list —“Hallmarks of Cancer: New Dimensions”—marks an important moment for Micronoma as it seeks to bu ..read more
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Cleaning Up Contamination Misconceptions 
Micronoma
by Sandrine Miller
1y ago
While researchers have typically seen microbes only as contaminants and discarded them, Micronoma has set itself apart by seeing the treasure trove of opportunity microbes represent to detect and identify cancer early. Using liquid biopsy–a simple blood draw–Micronoma is looking at signals coming from microbes that may be associated with cancer in a biologically relevant manner, while finding ways to separate them from others that would be likely technical contamination.  Indeed, make no mistake, every sample used by researchers has some potential level of microbial contamination. The k ..read more
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Team Spotlight: Darryl Garrison
Micronoma
by Sandrine Miller
1y ago
Micronoma Team Spotlight | 2021 December  2021   Darryl Garrison Position: Chief Operating Officer   Meet Darryl, our Chief Operating Officer. Darryl has more than 20 years of experience in the molecular diagnostic industry. He has been involved in setting up and running molecular clinical laboratories and has been responsible for establishing CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) diagnostics laboratories at many of the major clinical cancer diagnostic laboratories in Southern California. In addition to establishing Micronoma’s CLIA lab, he is assisting with all ope ..read more
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Employee Spotlight: Serena Fraraccio
Micronoma
by Sandrine Miller
1y ago
Serena Fraraccio’s road to becoming Micronoma’s first wet lab senior scientist started in her hometown in Isernia, Italy, where an interest in the environment and biology blossomed into a career that has gone from winters in Alaska creating bioremediation methods to cleaning up oil spills to San Diego where her focus on the microbiome now includes leading Micronoma’s wet lab operations. Serena sat down for a conversation that showed her enthusiasm for science, helping people and the planet, and the importance of Micronoma’s work. Q: What does an average day at work look like for you? A: On a ..read more
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Cancer and the Microbiome: Now is the time to pay close attention
Micronoma
by Sandrine Miller
1y ago
The recent realization that the microbiome impacts human health and disease states, as well as the rapid evolution of research tools has led to an exciting and critical juncture, when we can now go deeper than ever in understanding and using microbiome science for cancer detection. Shifting paradigms is often an uphill battle, especially in science. It’s easy to get stuck in a particular dogma, and difficult to break away from it. But progress demands it, particularly when applying new knowledge to spur medical advances. There have been countless examples of this over the years. Think of the ..read more
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Team Spotlight: Eddie Adams
Micronoma
by Sandrine Miller
1y ago
Eddie Adams has stacked up an impressive list of accomplishments and wealth of experience on his way to becoming Micronoma’s chief scientific officer (CSO), a role that enables him to combine his passion for solving problems with chemistry and biology in ways that mesh perfectly with the company’s goals of detecting cancer early and improving patient outcomes. In this chat, Eddie provides a glimpse into what life is like as a CSO, charts some of the key stops he has made on his interesting path to Micronoma, and, above all, shows the kind of thoughtfulness and clarity of purpose that make him ..read more
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The Team Behind the Science
Micronoma
by Sandrine Miller
1y ago
Micronoma’s founders each contribute unique skill sets and know-how to the company’s cutting-edge cancer detection platform.  For any team to be successful, each member must bring something unique to the table. At the same time, the individual pieces and parts must complement the others and when combined, add up to a winning formula. This is true in sports, the business world, academia and science. The Micronoma team checks all those boxes and more, and the result is a revolutionary method for early cancer detection. In the case of Micronoma founders Rob Knight, PhD, Sandrine Miller-Montg ..read more
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