About GreenWater Labs
Established in 2001, GreenWater Laboratories/CyanoLab is the only private full-service laboratory of its kind, with a strict focus on cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce. This allows us to push the limits of cyanobacteria research and provide quality results.
Unlike other private companies, we do not make advancements proprietary, but rather share our observations and techniques in peer reviewed research. We are scientists first, which has allowed both our business and non-business relationships to grow.
Our experts work closely with our clients to provide technically advanced testing, analyses, monitoring and research – tailored to fit each of their individual needs. Our company mission is to provide accurate and reliable data with the highest level of quality so that our clients can make informed decisions.
Mark is the lead analytical chemist and President of GreenWater Laboratories / CyanoLab. Mark directs all laboratory tasks and manages all major projects. As an analytical chemist, he performs liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis on samples, supervises new protocol development and monitors quality assurance and control. Mark has co-authored multiple papers on cyanobacterial toxin analysis and has almost three decades in analytical chemistry experience. His experience with chemistry includes academic, private and corporate laboratories.
Andy has been the senior phycologist at GreenWater Laboratories since its establishment in 2001. Andy is a nationally recognized phycologist with over 20 years of experience with identifying algae. Andy specializes in the identification and enumeration of algae/cyanobacteria, specifically potentially toxin producing genera/species. Andy has organized, assisted and administered workshops on the identification and classification of freshwater algae to such organizations as the Florida Lake Management Society, the North American Lake Management Society, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Drinking Water Treatment Plants.
Amanda is a chemist with a focus on analytical extraction and analysis techniques. She received a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and M.S. degrees in Forensic Toxicology and Fisheries/Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida. Amanda has over a decade of experience with cyanotoxin analysis. Amanda performs algal toxin analyses and directs research involving the development and validation of methods for the extraction and quantification of algal toxins from biological matrices (e.g. tissues, serum). Amanda also assists with algal identification and extracts/purifies toxin standards.
Kamil has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Central Florida. Kamil currently conducts algal toxin analysis using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and LC-MS/MS. With a strong background in Chemistry, Kamil is an integral part of the CyanoLab division of GreenWater Laboratories with a focus on providing clients with high quality purified cyanobacteria toxins for calibration and research purposes.
Alyssa received a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of New Haven and an M.S. in Biology from the University of North Florida. With a background in phycology, Alyssa currently conducts algal and cyanobacterial analyses via microscopy. Alyssa is continuously expanding her knowledge of freshwater algae to provide clients accurate identification and enumeration data. Alyssa also assists with toxin purification, maintains cyanobacterial cultures, and conducts real time qPCR.
Laura Kostrzewski, B.S.
Laura received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Florida. Laura is currently pursuing her master's degree from Jacksonville University with an emphasis on Marine and Aquatic Science. As a previous veterinary technician, Laura has a strong background in clinical science and a passion for animals. Laura currently conducts extractions of water and biological specimens for toxin analysis, assists with data interpretations, and helps maintain laboratory operations.
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