Lawrence - Medical Laboratory Assistant - Castries, Saint Lucia

Lana Lawrence

Castries, Saint Lucia


I was born in Guyana, South America; now living in Saint Lucia. I am the eldest of three, and value family and work highly; known for being highly organized, determined, hardworking, funny, self-motivated, flexible, openness to new ideas, and driven. My area of work is mostly Science based, namely Conformity Assessment (testing, field and sampling, data analysis and, inspections and auditing). My multidisciplinary background includes medical technology, food safety and environmental science.

My academic interests include Public Health, Water Quality Management, Environmental Health and Food Safety. I am an avid believer in hard work, perseverance and seeking divine intervention when needed. I have a love for volunteer work, especially as it relates to the environment and the less fortunate children. My hobbies include travelling and experiencing different cultures, reading, entertaining and photography. I was invited to Skills Pages by one of my many LinkedIN connections and ready to share my skills, experience and knowledge.


Medical Laboratory Assistant


Laboratory experience first started out as a Medical Technician, then elevated to Medical Technologist and Laboratory Supervisor. Sample matrices (blood, urine, stool; for biochemical, hematological, microbiological analyses).

Work History

Secretary for Optimist de ste Lisi

Optimist International

From June 2012

June 2012-present
Conducted Marketing Study (Tele and face to face) for PERMA Paints
Served as Secretary for Optimist de ste Lisi (Optimist International- St Lucia chapter)
Served as Group facilitator on World Wide views on Biodiversity, National Trust (St Lucia)
Top Contributor to Trip Advisor, Travoline Global, Livescience
Pursuing online Certificate course on Project Management

Standards Officer, Certification Department

Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards

September 2011 - March 2012

Conducted audits for Product Certification (ISO Guide 28: 1982- "Requirements for third
party product certification"); with special emphasis on Food Safety requirements of major manufacturers and water processors.
• Conducted inspections for Food Certification against the SLCP 1: 1995 Standard
"Hygiene Requirements for Production and Processing" on local processors.
• Conducted staff awareness assessment of the internal quality management system.
• Facilitated Basic Food Safety training with food processors, quality managers of food and beverage establishments.

Juice Power Inc

March 2011 - July 2011

Provided technical guidance to clients (such as Guyana Goldfields Inc)
Created pre-assessment plan and conducted SWOT analysis for Juice Power Inc "Reduction of microflora in Fruit Juices"

Labscale Biodiesel IAST-MACORP

April 2005 - August 2005

• Created Laboratory Quality Management System compliant to ISO 17025.
• Successfully fast-tracked certification of the laboratory to ISO 17025 for Heavy Metal
testing for the Seafood sector for export.
• Successfully increased clientele for analytical services by more than 50% within two

Head of Analytical Services

Institute of Applied Science and Technology

October 2001 - March 2011


• Conducted extensive chemical and microbiological analyses on WATER, food, and other
consumables requiring quality control.
• Served as Research Assistant (Mercury Assessment in the North West District: Guyana;

Assistant Microbiologist

DDL Demerara Distillers Limited, Central Laboratory

July 2000 - August 2000

Conducted extensive chemical and microbiological quality control checks on intermediate and finished products.

Head of Microbiology Department

Guyana Medical Laboratories

October 1997 - December 1999

Managed the Microbiology Department.

Assistant Technical Analyst

Microbiology Dept

September 1996 - October 1997

Analyst: Food and Drugs Department

• Provided technical support to the Head of Department.


Biodiesel production in Guyana: IAST-MACORP

In the capacity of Research Assistant, the first successful laboratory–scale biodiesel production was achieved on January 14, 2006. The feedstock was Coconut oil and the base used was Sodium Hydroxide. The production is based on the Trans-esterification chemical reaction, in which known volumes of un-oxidized oil/fat is boiled with known concentration of strong alkali such as Sodium Hydroxide under controlled conditions. The reaction though similar to the manufacture of soap yields Biodiesel (top layer) and Glycerol (much higher molecular density) at the bottom. The interface between the layers includes soap salts. Main attributing factors giving rise to successful production includes the oil being low in Free Fatty acids (pH must be correct), the right proportions of the alkali of known concentration and the boiling temperature. Quality control parameters conducted included pH, Free Fatty Acids (Titrimetric method) and UV (at 310nM). Each process stage sample was recorded in the worksheets, including the feedstock (dried used oil, which included used fryer oil from fast food outlets), Wash tank and Clarifier Tank. In September 17-22, 2007 represented Guyana (presented “Overview of Biodiesel Production in Guyana”) at the CCST/OAS Workshop “Science, Foresighting and Innovation mapping for the Caribbean”, Grenada, West Indies.

WWF-IAST project: Mercury Assessment in the Northwest District- Guyana

In the capacity of Research Assistant, research activities were conducted and coordinated. I was involved in the preparation of the project proposal [Mercury Assessment in the Northwest District; Arakaka & Matthew’s Ridge, Guyana. The project is between the World Wildlife Fund (beneficiary) and IAST [Institute of Applied Science and Technology] (implementing agency), collaborators include Ministry of Health and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission. The actual project commenced in April, 2005. Coordinated and conducted research activities (Mercury Assessment in the North West District: WWF-IAST Guyana; April- August, 2005). These included but not limited to; sample collection (hair, water, sediment and water), identification of fish specimens, chemical analysis of the samples (and reporting of results); facilitation of workshops (presentations included Biomonitoring and Situation Analysis with respect to legal issues in the Mining Sector) and assistance with socio-cultural surveys (designed to ascertain the eating habits and livelihoods as two main attributors to Methyl-mercury exposure). Additionally, the following reference paper was prepared “Mercury: toxicity, bioaccumulation and the environment”

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Guyana


University of Guyana

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