Introducing Hillary Wood, Ph.D. – Collaborating with government and commercial partners while ensuring the highest level of clinical lab testing standards.
We are delighted to introduce you to Senior Scientist Hillary Wood, Ph.D. Dr. Wood manages MRIGlobal’s CAP accredited, CLIA certified reference laboratory operations and is responsible for staff training and oversight of high complexity molecular assays. She is proficient in biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and animal BSL-3 techniques and as a technical expert collaborates with commercial clients to manage device verification and validation studies required for FDA Authorizations (510k and EUA). Dr. Wood earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida.
What was your pathway to becoming a scientist?
I’ve been interested in science since I was a child. As most children, exposure to science is often through some form of medicine. In high school, I had a pretty serious injury to my left forearm and spent a lot of time at the doctor working to resolve this. Despite this somewhat traumatic experience, I enjoyed going to the doctor because I was being exposed to real life science. When I started college I was on the pre-medical track and as many pre-med students, I volunteered and joined a research lab. At the hospital, I volunteered in the clinical research department and at UCF in a biochemistry laboratory. After about a year of research, I decided that I wanted to obtain my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences.
What excites you about working at MRIGlobal?
Working on a variety of challenging programs that have an impact. Many programs we support in the Infectious Disease, Surveillance and Diagnostics group enable device and/or diagnostics manufacturers to obtain FDA clearance for infectious disease products. It is exciting to be a part of the products development and success.
What are your interests outside of work?
Spending time with my family, fur-children (dogs) and friends.