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Friday, September 6th, 2002

Scientist Richard Kopp Joins Galson to Develop Mold Identification System

East Syracuse, NY - Dr. Richard Kopp has joined Galson Laboratories' microbiology division as a research scientist. He will apply his expertise in contemporary genetics to develop a new system for the identification and quantitation of airborne mold from indoor air quality or industrial hygiene samples.

Kopp holds a Ph.D. in forest biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he studied plant genetics. His doctoral and post-doctoral research involved DNA fingerprinting of trees using a recently developed technology called Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP), which is a Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR-based technique. Kopp earned his MS in forestry at Penn State and was employed in genetics research at Kansas State University.

The new system Kopp is developing will be PCR-based as well, and is expected to allow samples to be processed faster and be more affordable. The new procedure will allow mold identification down to the species level. Joe Unangst, Galson Laboratories president, said, "We're proud to have a scientist of Dr. Kopp's stature conducting breakthrough research that will positively affect the microbiology field and place Galson among its leaders."

Galson Laboratories is headquartered in East Syracuse, NY with offices in Richmond, VA, Charleston, SC and Hayward, CA. For more information on Galson Laboratories and other services call toll-free, (888) 432-LABS, e-mail, or visit

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