Lab Upkeep

Throughout the summer I have learned that one of the most important parts about performing research is keeping the lab clean and tidy. Whether it be restocking lab equipment, wiping down lab benches, washing dishes, or using the autoclave to sanitize equipment, keeping a neat lab is necessary to actually perform good research. The autoclave is a machine that uses extremely hot steam to sanitize materials such as glassware or even trash to be thrown out. Lab upkeep and cleanup is a job that every lab member is responsible for and it truly takes a team effort to get it done. If the lab were to be messy, we would run the risk of contaminating cell cultures and lab equipment, preventing us from producing any viable data. Thankfully, I have been blessed with a great group of colleagues in lab that all put in great effort to keep the lab as clean as possible and running smoothly.