Author Archive: Ashley Umlauf


Ashley Umlauf joined the Molecular R&D team at Microbiologics in July 2016. Ashley is developing new products including instrument control panels using a variety of molecular biology-based techniques such as qPCR and molecular cloning. In addition, Ashley has experience in method validation, GMO product testing, and array-based high throughput genotyping. In 2012, Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Uses and Advantages of Synthetic RNA Process Controls for SARS-CoV-2 Assays

SARS-CoV-2 Virus

For a highly infectious virus like SARS-CoV-2, an inactivated whole virus control is the gold standard for accuracy. For labs that opt for other control formats, synthetic RNA controls can provide many of the same qualities as inactivated whole virus…
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Clinical Case File: Group A Streptococcus

Cold and flu season is right around the corner. These annual illnesses are often paired with another highly contagious infection, strep throat. Its culprit, Group A Streptococcus, can cause a variety of other illnesses including invasive diseases such as cellulitis…
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Clinical Case File: Sepsis

Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million people worldwide every year6 and is also one of the leading causes of death in hospitals throughout the United States7. To raise awareness of this condition, several organizations recognize September as…
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Clinical Case File: Vaginitis

In a world where antibiotic resistant organisms are on the rise, including multi-drug resistant strains of N. gonorrhoeae, it’s more important than ever for clinicians and healthcare providers to provide proper and timely treatment for infections. Complex interactions exist between…
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The Scoop on Ready-to-Eat Foods and Listeria monocytogenes

When summer is in full swing, many of us choose to cool down with sweet frozen dairy treats. However, the thought of ice cream tainted with Listeria monocytogenes may cause anyone, especially those in susceptible populations, to think twice. Listeria…
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