Tia comes to the OBRL with a background in both human and animal Pathology having had positions at both University of Colorado Health and CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology (Drury University, 2005) and her MS is in Biomedical Sciences from CSU (2007).
Currently, Tia is a histology technician working primarily with paraffin-embedded, formalin-fixed, tissues. She is now working with the intricacies of plastic histology, as well. Plastic histology allows for the sectioning of tissues which are too hard to be cut in paraffin. While this is a methodology that was the primary form of histology in the past, today it is only rarely used in a clinical setting and it is generally a technique used in research. As we often study boney tissues with metallic and ceramic inserts, this form of histology is commonly used at the OBRL.
Tia loves dogs and has two little mutts of her own. She has many interests, passions, and hobbies so she’s always making or learning something. Tia feels profoundly fortunate to be living in gorgeous Fort Collins, with it’s trails, parks, and abundant natural beauty. Sharing the outdoors with her friends and family is her go-to respite.