Our lab rules (constantly updated)-please adhere!
General lab rules
- Clean up after yourself and maintain your workplace and the lab in order
- Safety is very important, wear goggles coat and gloves, work in the hood whenever necessary
- Dispose of solvents and chemicals in the bottle in the hood, never into the sink!
- Work with solvents in the hood only
- All reagents after use should go back to their designated place
- If running low on a reagent–order before it is finished
- Enter every new reagent in the catalog including location
- Write everything you do in the lab book and sign/date every day
- Document the experiments with images and quantitative data (you can stick everything into the lab book, including instrument printouts and gels); summarize the method, result and conclusion, preferably in Excel or power point (can attach pictures);
- Each experiment gets the following number: year-month-day-initials-description, for example 120702-KC-bladder binding
- If there is a problem–it is OK to admit it and ask for help
- Always try to quantify your observations. Pictures are nice to publish but only quantitative data give you confidence in the results.
- Always try to include positive and negative controls;
- The experiments should be run at sufficient number of replicates (3 or more) and repeated for statistical power.
- Stay focused on the project, be persistent, “not working” is not the answer. Get the problem solved by trying alternative approaches. Don't give up easily.
- 10-20% of time should be improvisation and innovation; Try crazy things and don't be afraid to make mistakes-great discoveries were made by serendipity!
- Read the literature periodically, brainstorm ideas, go to seminars and conferences, listen to news, you never know where new ideas can come from
- It is OK to argue and defend your point of view
- If you don't have time to do it right do you think you will have time to do it over?
- Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today (Benjamin Franklin)