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Tomomi Takeuchi and Eric Poliner start new positions at Michigan biotech companies

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) couple, Tomomi Takeuchi and Eric Poliner, have each joined a Michigan-based biotech company this past month.

Tomomi is employed by Charles River Labs in Mattawan, MI, in the Biomarkers and Investigative Pathology Unit.

Charles River is a drug manufacturer with 90+ facilities in over 20 countries and over 14,000 employees. The company is a contract research organization that offers a range of services that span the drug discovery and development continuum. The company’s site in Mattwan, MI primarily deals with safety assessments of novel therapeutics.

Tomomi, in her new Scientist position, will tackle developing and validating methods and procedures to test chemical entities or study chemical compounds in vitro or in vivo.

Tomomi Takeuchi
Tomomi Takeuchi
By Igor Houwat, MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, 2020

"Michigan State University and the Benning lab have been a great place for me to develop my skills as a scientist, and I hope I can apply them in my new job in the industry to make positive impacts on people's lives,” Tomomi says.

Eric, in turn, is a Laboratory Scientist with Physicians Toxicology in Kalamazoo, MI. The company specializes in delivering custom medication monitoring, personalized service, and education. Eric will be developing test protocols for new quality assurance applications.

Figure of a bacterial microcompartment, in other words, a nanofactory

Eric's past research: A new DNA editing toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis

“I would like to thank and credit PRL for being a great learning environment for me and giving me a lot of opportunity as I move forward with my career,” Eric says.

Congrats Eric and Tomomi!


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