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Research Associate Tissue Collection - West Penn/AGH

Allegheny Health Network

  • Company AHN
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Allegheny General Hospital
  • Research
  • Full time
  • Day (United States of America)

Company :

Allegheny Health Network

Job Description : 


Monitors clinic and surgery schedules. Travels to the collection sites as the schedule dictates, retrieving surgically resected tissue from consented patients. Properly preserves tissue, processes blood samples, and banks tissue/blood. Updates the database to reflect current patient clinical information. Participates in development of collection procedures and performs administrative activities in support of specimen collection. Assist clinical studies coordinators and nurses to obtain research consents.


  • Monitors clinic and operating room schedules. Travels to the collection sites to retrieve surgically resected tissue from consented patients. Obtains a copy of the signed consent. Interacts with OR staff to collect specimens.
  • Processes blood according to standard operating procedures (SOP). Works with personnel in the pathology lab to collect tissue according to SOPs.
  • Monitors refrigerator, ice and liquid nitrogen levels to ensure safe storage of biological specimens.
  • Uses database applications to enter tissue acquisition parameters and other data into the study database in a timely manner. Runs queries to produce reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.



  • BA/BS or equivalent experience in laboratory, research and/or clinical environments
  • HIPAA training and experience with confidential patient matters


  • 2 years’ experience in cryopreservation of specimens (blood and tissue)
  • 2 years using an electronic database
  • Experience in tissue dissection

Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

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As a component of job responsibilities, employees may have access to covered information, cardholder data, or other confidential customer information that must be protected at all times.  In connection with this, all employees must comply with both the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices and Privacy Policies and Procedures as well as all data security guidelines established within the Company’s Handbook of Privacy Policies and Practices and Information Security Policy. 

Furthermore, it is every employee’s responsibility to comply with the company’s Code of Business Conduct. This includes but is not limited to adherence to applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations as well as company policies and training requirements.


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