Lab Tips and Tricks
This is a list of lab tips and tricks that the staff at ImmunoReagents has collected over decades of working in a lab. These are random thoughts and tips and we will continually add to the list as we think of new ones.
- 15 ml and 50 ml conical cylinders mix better on a Vortex genie if you turn them cap side down. (capped of course)
- When measuring small volumes of liquid solutions it can sometimes be easier to weigh the solution on a micro pan balance into a test tube. Remember to first tare the balance with the empty test tube (1g = 1ml)
- For commonly used buffers, make a 10x stock solution. You can then quickly prepare the 1x dilution. For example to make a 1x solution: Add 100 ml of (10x) + 900ml of Water
- ALWAYS keep good notes in a lab notebook. You think you will remember the information and the experiment. Trust me…you won’t. You never know when you will need that information again. It might be next week, but it might be in 5 years or even longer. Tape any notes that you wrote in loose paper, sticky notes, etc into your lab notebook.
- Another way to accurately measure liquids is to use your pipette. Set your pipette to zero. Place a pipette into the vial contain the sample and start to turn the volume adjuster knob while keeping the tip in the sample. The sample will be drawn into the tip. When all the sample has been drawn into the tip read the volume set on the pipette. Viola!
- Many times scientist will have to convert mg/ml into µg/ml. Keep in mind that mg/ml is the same as µg/µl. Antibodies are generally sold in mg/ml but they are used in µg/ml.
- When writing in your notebook, use a pen that won’t bleed if it gets wet. Spills happen. Keep your notebook at the end of your lab bench away from potential spills.
- Look for the guy in the lab with the grey beard or lady with white hair. Chances are they know a ton on information. Learn from them and ask them questions. Most scientists love to share their knowledge. Take advantage of their years of experience.
- If you have a great scientific idea. Write it down in a notebook and date it. Also, have someone witness (countersign) it. You will want this documentation in the event it becomes an idea worth patenting.
- Stock your lab bench with needed lab supplies and stay organized. Write your name on them. Only keep the necessities at your bench. Tape, Scissors, Pipettes, Tips, Test Tubes, Sharpies, Kimwipes, Parafilm, etc. The other stuff is clutter and will slow you down.
- Keep your pipettes and tips, as well as your trashcan on the side of your dominant hand. This will make you more efficient.
ImmunoReagents, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of quality antibodies and reagents used in pharmaceutical research, life science research and in vitro diagnostics. Product offerings include a wide range of immunochemistry reagents such as purified immunoglobulins, primary antibodies, and secondary antibodies covering a broad spectrum of immunoglobulins from various species. ImmunoReagents also provides custom manufacturing to meet specific customer requirements while adhering to cGMP guidelines and ISO quality systems requirements. The company is located in Raleigh, North Carolina