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Debra Ellisor

Deb earned her Master's degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston after completing her thesis research on organic contaminant concentrations and fatty acids profiles in bottlenose dolphin blubber with NIST's Environmental Chemical Sciences Group. She now serves as a Research Biologist with the Environmental Specimen Bank Group, advancing cryopreservation sciences by developing standardized protocols and methods for biospecimen collection to preserve sample integrity and maximize analytical possibilities and assisting in implementing biorepository best practices. She also assists in the production of cryogenic reference materials in the Reference Material Production Facility located at NIST-Charleston.

In addition, Deb’s previous experience includes primary cell culture of marine and estuarine animal cells, as well as culture of mouse embryonic stem cells. She is also proficient in various molecular techniques such as qPCR, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, western and southern blots and genetic engineering of mouse cell lines.


  • Outstanding Graduate Award from Graduate Program in Marine Biology, December 2007
  • Best Oral Presentation Award at Graduate Student Research Colloquium, February 2006

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Created October 9, 2019