Meet Sue Wigdal, Senior Quality Assurance Scientist on the Spectrum Team

29160613_lPromega will 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 Sue Wigdal, Senior Quality Assurance Scientist.

What are you most excited about working on for Spectrum?

The people—both the Promega crew and our customers. I love working on cross-functional teams where everyone brings their unique expertise to the table to solve problems and achieve our goals. Although I’ve only had a few opportunities to talk with our customers about Spectrum, it is so motivating to see their excitement. They inspire me to work harder to make sure we do right by them.

Tell us a little bit about what your role is on the Spectrum project.

I am the Quality Assurance Senior Scientist responsible for the consumables associated with Spectrum. This includes everything from the 96-well plates to the cathode buffer troughs. My job is to listen to the team experts and then add my scientific and quality experience to ensure that we deliver products which will meet our customers’ needs. This means participating as a team member during the planning and development of the products as well as helping to set meaningful QC specifications to ensure that we make the same high-quality products each and every time.

Describe yourself in three words.

Conscientious. Friendly. Helpful.

By discosour (Wells St Art Fair 02) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By discosour (Wells St Art Fair 02), via Wikimedia Commons
What was the last thing you heard or saw which made you laugh out loud?

I am a sucker for any and all science-geek cartoons and jokes. I was recently reminded of a cartoon I saw on the physics department community board in college. It was a very bewildered student looking at a map of the Heisenberg Physics Department. The map said “you are probably here.”

If you could be anything else, what career would you have?

It’s not so much a different career that I would want to have, but a talent. I would love to be a creative person. My friends and I go to various art fairs every year. I am constantly amazed by people who can imagine and then create such incredibly diverse and beautiful art.

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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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