Manger of Laboratory Research
Unit: Drug Discovery and Development
Harrison School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Research Building
720 South Donahue Drive
Auburn, AL 36849
Kristy Berry is the Laboratory Manager of Dr. Gary Piazza’s lab in the Harrison School of Pharmacy's Department of Drug Discovery and Development. She started working with the department in June 2021. Kristy earned a B.S. degree in justice sciences from UAB in 2004. She is a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist (RLATG) with more than 17 years of experience in pre-clinical in vivo research in both contract and academic environments.>
Kristy has conducted studies of experimental anticancer agents in mouse and rat models of cancer, General Toxicology in various animal models (mice, rats, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits, non-human primates), and Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) studies in mice, rats and rabbits. She is trained to work in Biosafety Level (BSL) 1, 2 and 3 facilities and to conduct research studies in compliance with GLP requirements, USDA, and OSHA regulations.
As the Lab Manager, Kristy orders supplies and maintains their inventory, maintains staff training records and chemical inventories, ensures lab compliance with institutional health and safety policies and government regulations, maintains in vivo and in vitro labs in constant readiness for safety, IACUC or AAALAC inspections, assists in writing IBC and IACUC protocols as well as standard operating procedures/laboratory methods, performs chemical and medical waste collection/disposal and coordinates the shipping and/or delivery of compounds and tissues to and from domestic and foreign collaborators in accordance with federal shipping regulations.
Additionally, she is proficient in a variety of laboratory animal techniques and is responsible for training staff in the care and use of research animals. She is responsible for conducting in vivo evaluation of experimental compounds in mouse tumor models. Including but not limited to animal husbandry, treatments, anesthesia, surgical procedures, necropsies and tissue harvest and processing.