Clinical Testing


Brent

Brent Palmer, PhD 

Director - Flow Cytometry 

Brent Palmer Ph.D. is Director of the ClinImmune Flow Cytometry and Bioarchiving Facility. Dr. Palmer has been the Director of the ClinImmune Flow Cytometry and Bioarchiving facility for over 10 years and has more than 30 years of flow cytometry experience. Dr. Palmer has over 70 publications in the field of clinical immunology and infectious disease and has worked directly with numerous academic and industry partners to provide Flow Cytometry and Bioarchiving services and consultation. Dr. Palmer is also a NIH funded Principle Investigator and an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Charles Preston Neff, PhD

Charles Preston Neff, PhD

Technical Director - Flow Cytometry

Dr. Charles Preston Neff, also known as Preston, serves as the technical director of the flow cytometry core facility. He received his PhD from Colorado State University and has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado since August 2012. He has helped with many research-based flow cytometry experiments and is skilled in designing and optimizing panels as well as gating strategies for these types of experiments.

Garrett Hedlund

Garrett Hedlund

Professional Research Assistant

Sharon Sen

Sharon Sen

Senior Professional Research Assistant 

Sharon joined Dr. Palmer’s lab in September 2013 as a professional Research Associate after moving to Denver from the east coast with more than 14 years of experience in flow cytometry including the development and implementation of multi-parameter panels, in vitro assays, and ex-vivo techniques and procedures with core competencies in experimental design. Her time at Emory University involved research with the Anthrax Vaccine, Bone Marrow Transplantation in non-human primates, pilot studies in human subjects using drug compounds and studying inflammatory cytokines in depressed patients. She currently utilizes her unique flow cytometry skills in assisting with the ongoing research projects, in addition to the service flow core contract projects.

Jennifer Schneider

Jennifer Schneider

Professional Research Assistant

Jennifer graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry.  She is a supervisor of clinical lab and tissue banking operations, as well as regulatory management of the Flow Core Lab.  She has more than five years of experience with clinical testing and research based quality assurance practices and maintains the Flow Core Lab’s CAP and CLIA accreditations.  Her current research projects are focused on HIV, gastrointestinal inflammation, and the microbiome.

Sam Li, PhD

Sam Li, PhD

Scientific Liaison

Sam earned his PhD in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz, studying the virology and immunology of HIV. Through his graduate and post-doctoral work, Sam has gained extensive experience with immunological and molecular laboratory methods, various mouse disease models and tissue types, and in generating and analyzing next generation sequencing data. In addition to his own research on the gut microbiome’s impact on viral infections, Sam serves as the Scientific Liaison for ClinImmune’s immune monitoring services by providing consultation and data analysis for clients.

Sara Coleman, PhD

Sara Coleman, PhD

Tissue Bank Manager​

Dr. Coleman serves as the tissue bank manager for ClinImmune Labs. She received her PhD from Massey University in collaboration with The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. She has been a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus since January 2018. She acts as the liaison between ClinImmune Labs and tissue banking clients as well as has research studies investigating gut microbiome-host immune interactions in HIV.

 

Min Zhang, MD

Min Zhang, MD

Professional Research Assistant

Min Zhang M.D. graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Science, Guangzhou, China. She received her Master of Philosophy degree in Molecular Biology and Diabetology from Hong Kong University. She is the clinical supervisor in the Flow Core Lab, the Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Colorado – Anschutz. She has many years of professional experience in performing high complexity testing, including CD4 and CD8 counts for Adult Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), Sort CD3, CD4, CD8, CD14, CD19, CD33, CD34 and CD56 positive cells for specific engraftment monitoring, CD34+ count, viability and %CD34+ of CD45+ cells. Additionally, she has flow cytometry skills to run clinical samples and analyze clinical data.

Victoria Soesanto
Victoria Soesanto

Professional Research Assistant

Victoria graduated from the University of Colorado – Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and minor in Economics in May 2018. I have more than 2 years of experience in both IT hardware support and software developing industry. My completed projects include the Sales Management Android Mobile App that monitors a company’s sales, distribution, deliveries and collections in real time, a Clinic’s Patient’s Information Mobile Application that stores patient’s data on-the-go using MySQL database and a Flow Core website using various application programming interfaces such as JavaScript, Rest and Soap. My current project is to develop a Lab Management System that will be targeted for research and clinical samples storage management.
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Ka-Na Kathy Xiong

Professional Research Assistant 

Ka-Na as known as Kathy is a professional research assistance who joined the lab back in December 2016. Before joining the lab back in 2010, she has done research at the Rocky Mountain Taste and Smell Center Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as a student, where she Investigated on how olfactory bulb plays a role in schizophrenia using in vivo and microscopy methods. She eventually went to Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) in 2012, where she assisted and designed experiments on how certain molecules may affect the lung through in vitro and in vivo methods. Once graduated from college she was hire on at EOH, where she continued doing research and mentor new undergraduate student. She is now utilizing her skills in the gut and lung research additionally to helping with immune monitoring.

Hilary Huizenga

Hilary Huizenga

Professional Research Assistant 

Hilary was raised in Madison, WI, and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from UW-Madison in 2014. Following graduation, she worked at Exact Sciences Laboratories for 4 years as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, with a focus on training new employees in the analytical laboratory. She received her ASCP certification as a Technologist in Molecular Biology in 2018 and moved to Colorado a few months later. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, petting dogs, and visiting new breweries with her friends and family.