Linda Ritsch is a research assistant in the KSVDL Microbiological Surveillance Laboratory. The lab is co-operated by Kansas State University and Merck Animal Health.
Ritsch performs the microbiologic setup necessary for the lab to conduct diagnostic tests on the specimens it receives. As part of testing, she performs a diagnostic workup of the clinical specimens and enters the information into the laboratory information management system and daily case log sheets.
She also oversees inventory control for the lab, maintains the frozen stock isolates and the corresponding database, and develops and maintains the lab's Standard Operating Procedure.
Ritsch joined the KSVDL lab in August 2013. Prior to that, she worked for six years at Olathe School District No. 233 as a tutor/para educator for Advancement via Individual Determination, or AVID — a global nonprofit organization that is working to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.
She also has served as a research virologist in Bayer HealthCare's Animal Health Division; a sales representative at VWR Scientific Products Corp.; developmental/production virologist at Cooper's Animal Health Inc.; and a research assistant in the department of microbiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University.
Ritsch earned her bachelor's in life sciences from Kansas State University.