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Young Professionals & Mentoring Networking Lunch

  • 14 Oct 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom


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Young Professionals & Mentoring Virtual Networking lunch

Date: Thursday October 14, 2021

Time: 1.00 - 2.30pm (AEDT)


Join AIFST and our partner Charles River Microbial Solutions for this virtual networking lunch. Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to network virtually with Tara and our AIFST mentors.

Presentation: Utilising Science to provide Next Generation Solutions for Microbial Identification and Detection

Speaker: Tara Cassidy, Applications Development Specialist, Microbial Solutions 

Tara will provide a brief overview of CRL and the products they offer and then discuss new science and the options for microbial identification based on new science (NGS will be a big focus). Tara will also discuss the options for research outside of an academic area by looking into the cutting edge science they are investigating as an R&D team.

Tara's overall goal is to help young students understand there are many options to work in research and also enter the workforce with some knowledge about the newer technologies that are not common practice for most testing labs.

About Tara B.Sc (AS), B.Sc (Hons), MASM

Tara is an Application Development Specialist within the Microbial Solutions division at Charles River Laboratories. She is a trained microbiologist with expertise in animal science and next-generation sequencing (NGS). With a background in microbiology and parasitology, Tara has experience with a wide range of technologies including DNA sequence-based assays, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, immunoassays, and NGS. She has been actively involved in research and development studies and works closely with clients to find scientific solutions for industry.

About Charles River, Microbial Solutions

As the partner of choice for managing microbial quality control, the Charles River purposely-built Microbial Solutions portfolio of Endosafe® endotoxin testing, Accugenix® microbial identification and Celsis® microbial detection solutions provides clients with the critical, decision-driving data necessary to help bring products to market safely and efficiently. Learn more at

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