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Life in a Fishbowl:
The Art and Science of
Aquariums and Fishkeeping

Meet Peter Lodenquai

My name is Peter Lodenquai and I've been working as a Quality Control analyst in the Quality Control Clinical Development Department at Genentech for over 2 years. My job is to make sure that the biopharmaceuticals we manufacture for clinical trials are pure and active. This means I do a series of about 15 analytical tests called assays on a number of samples from the drugs that Genentech produces. All of the tests must yield results that pass our specifications before we ship the material to clinics and hospitals to be used in treating people. Examples of the kinds of assays I perform in my lab are; SDS PAGE (Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate PolyAcrylamide Gel Electrophoresis), HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography), Spectrophotometry, pH testing, Flame Photometry and many other tests.

I was born in New York City and lived on Long Island. When I was five years old, I remember my first experiences fishing and catching blue crabs with my family in the bays along Long Island. We moved to Los Angeles, CA when I was 6 years old. I got my first fish tank around that time. I started off with guppies and I've been interested in fish ever since. My hobbies are fishing, aquarium keeping, gardening, photography, SCUBA diving and volleyball. Currently, I have an aquarium with redear sunfish which I caught at a local pond. I used to take part in science fairs when I was in junior and senior high school. One year I did a science project on the production of methane gas using anaerobic bacteria and giant brown kelp. I received my bachelor of science degree in Biology at the University of California at San Diego. One of my favorite activities is surf fishing the sandy beaches of La Jolla for various kinds of perch and croakers. I like being anywhere there's water, particularly warm beaches!!

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