Suellen Charter

Blogger Profile: Suellen Charter

As a high school student, Suellen Charter landed a job at the San Diego Zoo selling popcorn and fruit popsicles. In 1981, she transferred to the Institute for Conservation Research as a laboratory assistant while attending Mesa Community College. With a degree in biology, Ms. Charter joined the Genetics Division. She contributed to the published work "Atlas of Mammalian Chromosomes" and continues to contribute to numerous other papers.
Genetic Karyotyping Saves Zoo Dik Diks

Genetic Karyotyping Saves Zoo Dik Diks

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, many dik diks were imported into zoos in North America. They all looked similar, and exactly what locations these animals came from and if they were the same species or subspecies was not known.   read more

Frozen Zoo: Sharing Our Knowledge

Frozen Zoo: Sharing Our Knowledge

For many years, we in the Genetics Division have talked about how important it would be to help other scientists establish cell line repositories like the San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo® in their own countries.   read more

Cytogenetics: Adding to the Frozen Zoo

Cytogenetics: Adding to the Frozen Zoo

This cell line is the only representative for the taxonomic order Sphenodontia that is now in the Frozen Zoo! It is very exciting to have these unique cells frozen, and, at anytime, we can thaw them and grow additional fibroblast cells.   read more

Carpooling Safari

Carpooling Safari

The one issue I did not think of was my commute to and from work. I went from a 10-mile drive (many years I rode my moped to work) to a 35-mile drive each way; from a 10-minute drive home to a 40-minute drive home.   read more

Ear Notches: Trash or Treasure?

Ear Notches: Trash or Treasure?

We have over 8,500 individual animal cell lines represented in our Frozen Zoo®, a cell line collection started in 1975…   read more