Quality in cryobiology: understanding the challenges and opportunities of biological sample cryopreservation

Precision medicine and fertility preservation are all dependent on adequate cryopreservation of biological materials to achieve their goals. Pre- and post-thaw processing, along with storage conditions, can have a severe impact on sample quality and affect downstream utilization. This webinar discusses the challenges and opportunities of working with cryopreserved materials and provides guidelines for managing a frozen collection.

What will you learn?

  • Overview of cryobiology principles
  • Downstream applications of cryopreserved biological materials
  • Management and QA/QC of a cryopreserved collection

Who may this interest?

  • Cell and gene therapy (CGT) supply chain
  • CGT process engineers
  • CGT QA/QC personnel
  • Biobanking professionals
  • Human and animal fertility preservation providers
  • Researchers utilizing cryopreserved materials


Dr Lara Mouttham, PhD
Laboratory Coordinator
Cornell Veterinary Biobank (NY, USA)

Dr Lara Mouttham obtained a PhD in Zoology and Wildlife Conservation from Cornell University (NY, USA) in collaboration with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI; VA, USA) in 2016 for her work in ovarian tissue cryopreservation in cattle and domestic cats. In addition to her research, she maintained the SCBI Genome Resource Bank, which stores gametes and genetic materials from wildlife species. She joined the Cornell Veterinary Biobank in 2018 as the Laboratory Coordinator, overseeing the laboratory operations for nucleic acid processing and banking and as part of the quality assurance team that helps the biobank maintain its accreditation to ISO 20387.


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