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Jolene Lujan

Senior Cell Biologist

Jolene graduated with a BS in Biology from New Mexico Tech. Prior to joining Prellis, she worked in infectious disease with a number of different institutions with a focus on respiratory illnesses. Her experience is working with bacterial, viral, and fungal propagation, as well as molecular quantitative assays, immunological assays, and titration assays. Jolene has helped develop in-vitro and in-vivo assays, utilizing pathogens in ABSL-2 and ABSL-3+ environments under GLP standards. Most recently, Jolene was a member of IRR, working to provide monitoring reagents for circulating strains of Influenza, Polio, and Yellow Fever around the globe, taking a leading role in optimizing the Yellow Fever ELISA. When not in the lab Jolene can be found going on adventures with her pups, crafting at home, or trying out a new recipe.

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When you first learned about Prellis Biologics and the vision of the company, what were some of your initial thoughts?

"When I first learned about Prellis, I was extremely eager and excited to join the team. I wasn’t growing where I was at the time, so I was excited for this new opportunity to arrive. The team’s vision at Prellis is so grand. When I first read about it, I thought to myself, “How could they actually achieve something like this?” Now that I’m a part of it, I can see it actually happening. I’m in awe of the cutting-edge technology we use at Prellis."

When you reflect on your team at Prellis, does anything stand out to you as being really unique?

"Prellis is special because our company is extremely pro-women. The company was founded by a woman, Dr. Melanie Matheu. My direct supervisor is a woman. Working in STEM and being able to say I’m surrounded by women is such a great feeling. I’ve always looked for companies that support and empower women in STEM, and Prellis does just that."

What excites you most about the company’s future?

"I'm excited to see where this antibody and vaccine testing can lead. It's really exciting to be working on the horizon of the ‘next big thing.’ It's insane to think about what could actually happen from this company — organ donation, 3D-printed tissues, etc. So much good could come from this."

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