Ashley Mariano, BS, CG(ASCP)CM
Council of Laboratory Professionals
Ashley Mariano served as an Ambassador for ASCP from 2010 to 2011, where she shared her personal story as a laboratory professional to more than 250 high school students. This program allowed her to share dynamic job opportunities in laboratory medicine with students who often do not know the profession exists.
“Thirty to 40 percent of the students who heard my presentations want to look into careers for medical laboratory professionals,” Ms. Mariano said. The Ambassador program gave her a feeling of fulfillment, knowing that she may have changed the career paths of students.
Ms. Mariano graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in diagnostic genetic sciences, with a focus in cytogenetics. During the past two years, she became ASCP certified in cytogenetics and now works as a Molecular Technologist at Duke University, in Durham, N.C. At Duke University, her primary focus is on chromosomal microarray analysis, and Ms. Mariano has recently been proactive in helping the laboratory to obtain certification from the Children’s Oncology Group.
She wants to continue her volunteer work through ASCP. In February 2011, she became an ASCP Southeast Local Representative. “I have a passion for my career in laboratory medicine and want to be involved on many levels,” Ms. Mariano said.