Meet Jonelle Thompson, Validation Services Manager for the Spectrum CE Instrument

29160613_lPromega will soon introduce the Spectrum CE System for forensic and paternity analysis. Building this system requires the efforts of many people from many disciplines—from our customers who have told us their needs to the engineers and scientists building the instrument and ensuring its performance. Periodically we will introduce our Promega Connections readers to a team member so that you can have a sneak peak and behind-the-scenes look at Spectrum CE System  and the people who are creating it (of course if you truly want to be the first to know, sign up at to receive regular, exclusive updates about Spectrum CE).

Today we introduce Jonelle Thompson, Validation Services Manager.

Tell us a little bit about what your role is on the Spectrum project.
I will be working with customers to get their new Spectrum instrument online by helping them with their validation efforts, including on-site bench work, consultation and data analysis.

What are you most excited about working on for Spectrum?
I am excited to work with customers on the new instrument platform and see how the new features improve the workflow in the laboratory.

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45135922 – close up of raw peanuts or arachis in wooden spoon

Who would you say has had the most influence on your life?
My dad has been the most influential person in my life. He showed me at a very early age the level of dedication and hard work that it takes to achieve your goals in life. At the age of 6 he had me scooping peanuts at his grocery store on days off of school. This taught me the value of work and how to determine what “things” are worth all of the hours you have to put in.

Where do you want to travel to, but have never been?
I have always wanted to travel to a Hawaii to scuba dive, hike waterfalls, and explore such an amazing island.

What is your favorite sport to watch?
I went to Lambeau field to watch the Green Bay Packers for the first time when I was 8 years old. They were losing to the New Orleans Saints at half time, but they made a great comeback in the second half. My sister and I sang “when the saints go marching out” all the way back to the car. I have been hooked on American football ever since.


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Promega products are used by life scientists who are asking fundamental questions about biological processes and by scientists who are applying scientific knowledge to diagnose and treat diseases, discover new therapeutics, and use genetics and DNA testing for human identification. Originally, founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Promega has branches in 16 countries and more than global distributors serving 100 countries.

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