Author Archive: Amanda Yasgar


Amanda Yasgar is the Proficiency Manager at Microbiologics. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2008 and began working at Microbiologics as a Laboratory Assistant in 2009. Amanda also worked in the Industrial Quality Control department as a Lab Tech before transitioning to Manager of Clinical Quality Control in 2012. Some of Amanda’s experiences include food microbiology (BAM methods), clinical strain knowledge, method validations, quality assurance, and auditing. As Proficiency Manager, Amanda oversees Microbiologics' private proficiency accounts by assisting in building proficiency panels and ensuring overall customer satisfaction.

COVID-19 and Proficiency Testing

Proficiency Testing

I think by now it is safe to say that we are truly living in unprecedented times with the current Coronavirus pandemic. The majority of us have never experienced anything even remotely similar to this in our lives before. If…
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The History of Influenza

Influenza has a long and sordid record of menacing humans.  Throughout the progression of science and the understanding of medicine, multiple instances of the flu have impacted various regions around the world. Some outbreaks have been more deadly and widespread…
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Raw Sushi – Does It Deserve the Bad Wrap?

If you were to ask random strangers on the street if they liked sushi, I can almost guarantee you’d hear one of two responses. Either: “I love it!” or “That’s disgusting, no way!”.  In all my years of trying to…
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Microorganisms You’ll Meet on Your Next Camping Trip

Given the opportunity, I would venture to say most people enjoy spending time outside. This is certainly the case for many microbiologists. Our home state of Minnesota is nicknamed “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” We’re lucky to have many beautiful…
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The Basics of Bacteria and Beer QC

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share some beers with the founder of an up-and-coming brewery based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The past few years have been a time of tremendous growth in the craft brewing industry….
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A Microbiologist’s Journey Through the Gym

Gyms are gross. Aside from the sweaty bodies and abundant aromas gliding about the room, unique bacterial flora is deposited from gym goers on every surface. Microbiologists have proven time and again that public places are cesspools of bacterial diversity….
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10 Best Practices for Proficiency Testing

Proficiency testing, also known as interlaboratory comparison, is a necessary requirement for almost every regulated facility around the world. Proficiency programs can either be purchased through a certified proficiency provider, or a lab may choose to conduct its own internal…
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