“What we’re doing is so new that every day is a surprise to me,”
states Lorraine Meisner, co-founder and chief scientific officer of
Cell Line Genetics. Dr. Meisner’s career and company are a
testament to the fact that she has never been one to feel
discouraged by what others say is impossible. Cell Line Genetics
has established a reputation as a trusted provider of stem cell
quality assurance services, including G-banded karyotyping, DNA
fingerprinting, standard and quick fluorescence in situ
hybridization, mycoplasma detection, and more. Dr. Meisner
actively participates in the growth of the business while
developing new products to expedite detection of early genetic changes in stem cell lines. She
conducts research that identifies genetic changes associated with neoplastic development, and
evaluates their significance. She also evaluates the causes and frequency of cytogenetic
aberrations associated with abnormal somatic development resulting in birth defects.
Dr. Meisner is also noted for her work in vitamin C-based anti-aging products. She and her
colleague, Michael Schinitsky, patented a formulation that helps protect cells against sun-
induced oxy radicals while also stimulating collagen production. This patent led to the Cellex-
C line of anti-aging products. Subsequently, other patented products containing non-toxic
natural ingredients were developed by Cell Line Genetics for the treatment of conditions
such as acne, inflammatory rosacea, psoriasis and related chronic conditions.
Looking toward the future, Dr. Meisner plans to remain involved in the exciting study of
genetic changes in stem cells to better elucidate the significance and mechanisms involved. She
also hopes to be active in developing other effective anti-aging products for the "Baby
Boomer" generation. Her words of wisdom to live by are: “You can do anything you want to
do if you try hard enough and long enough."
Contact Lorraine Meisner
Phone: (608) 441-8161
Lorraine Meisner, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Cell Line Genetics
Ph.D. in Human Genetics
and Cell Biology,
University of Chicago
Board Certified in
American College of
Faculty Member, The
University of Wisconsin-
Prolific author of more
than 200 peer-reviewed
research articles involving
Holds 10 patents
Upcoming feature in Pro-
VIP Member and Top
Female Executive of
Featured on Elite Radio
Named Elite American
Health Care Professional
Q & A with Lorraine Meisner
Q. What motivates you?
A. We have to give back. We are using the Earth’s resources and we have to put something back to make
the Earth support us.
Q. Did you ever consider pursuing a different career path or another profession?
A. I thought I was going to be a teacher. I love learning, and I went to the university and then I got
married. I then got my master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and I became
interested in behavior that varied among people, and how much was environmental and how much was
genetic. It was then that I became interested in genetics.
Q. What lessons have you learned as a professional in your field?
A. You can’t stop working. What I’ve learned is that science moves very fast and you really have to work
hard to keep up. You also have to be skeptical, because not everything that’s glorious is good. You have
to distinguish what’s real and not real.
Q. What characteristics help to separate you from your competitors?
A. I always give more than I take. I think our customers get the most bang for their buck. We try to make
our service not only the most inexpensive as possible, but we give our customers as much information as
Q. What advice can you offer fellow members or others aspiring to work in your industry?
A. They should have a background in science. It’s not a finite field. Everything that I study is unrelated to
what I’m doing; it’s like that because things just keep changing. There are so many facets in the field.
Q. What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your profession?
A. When you provide some insight into how something is working that is beneficial to others. Also,
finding new thoughts and ideas that no one has found before — that’s rewarding.
"Our lab has relied on Cell Line Genetics for stem cell characterization, authentication and custom
services for over three years. CLG has consistently provided the level of service, expertise and turn-
around our research efforts demand.
Cell Line's characterization and detection of polymorphisms of our non-human primate induced
pluripotent stem cell lines (iPSC) was an important part of our research effort.
We value our relationship with CLG and look forward to our continued partnership."
- Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies