Lab Manager | Run Your Lab Like a Business

Cover Story |  Volume 5 - Issue 1  |  January 2010

The Online Lab Manager

Using online technology to purchase, hire, train, manage, benchmark, and more


Business Management

The Online Lab Manager

From screening job candidates to benchmarking laboratory performance and energy use, today's lab managers have a cornucopia of online tools to choose from.

The Economic Realities of Lab Automation

Take a look around your laboratory. Now imagine it without any automated equipment. What would your productivity be like in a facility where all the work was done manually, without the benefits of any automation?

Leadership and Staffing

I Told You

"There's nothing particularly special about 360-degree feedback. It's just a tool and, like any tool, is only useful if you know how to use it and if it's the right tool for the job"

Conflict Management

As unpleasant as it seems, conflict can be one of a lab manager's best ways of discovering where problems exist among his or her staff and where values, goals, roles, statuses and perceptions are causing problems that need to be dealt with.

Science Matters: Free Agency

What leads individuals to pursue a career in freelancing? What do they find most appealing about free-agent work in the scientific industry? In order to better understand the positives of contract scientific employment, Rich Pennock interviewed four former and current freelance scientists.

Laboratory Technology

The Paperless Lab

Two different laboratory software projects illustrate the tasks and issues involved in "going paperless."

Technology News Refrigerators

Available in capacities of 19 cu. ft. up to 72 cu. ft.

January 2010 Technology News

The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Scanning the Scene

3-D laser scanning helps facilities work through the renovation and building process faster

Ask the Expert

Ask The Expert: Designing An Eco-Friendly Lab

Dr. Michael D. Hopkins talks to Tanuja Koppal, contributing editor to Lab Manager Magazine, about his experiences and involvement in renovating the Searle Chemistry Building at the University of Chicago.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Automated Liquid Handling

Product Focus: Automated Liquid Handling

Liquid handlers are sold in a variety of fluid-dispensing configurations, from single-channel through eight (one row of a 96-well microtiter plate), 96, and 384 channels.

Product Focus: Biological Shakers

The principal application of shakers is for growing yeast, bacteria, or mammalian cells in specialized containers known as shaker bottles.

Product Focus: Microplate Handlers

Microtiter plates have become common labware in life science and medicine. Automated systems employing microplates in biological and chemical assays may consist of liquid dispensers, plate washers, mixers, readers, sealers, labelers, shakers, incubators and storage.

Lab Health and Safety

Burn Notice

Some tips and rules of thumb for safe storage of flammables in the lab.

Lab Product

Evolution of Microplate Technology

This guide will take a look at the evolution of three main areas of microplate technology–instrumentation, applications and the plates themselves.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Pharmaceutical Research Lab

Precision Antibody, part of A&G Pharmaceutical, Inc., is a contract company that creates custom antibodies for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and federal and academic research labs. Lab manager Joe Corvera shares how he and his staff of nine successfully manage hundreds of projects each year in their 8,000-square-foot lab.

How it Works

How it Works: Transfecting B-cell Lymphomas With siRNA

Using small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to exploit the mechanism of RNA interference (RNAi) has become a powerful tool to study gene function in cell culture and in vivo.

How to Solve Nucleic Acid Contamination

How to Solve Nucleic Acid Contamination

Only PCR analysis in combination with DNA degradation assays show the true decontamination potential of a reagent.

How it Works: Using Cryogenic Liquid Argon Dewars Cost-Effectively

CONCOAs Intelligent Gas Distribution System IntelliSwitch II continuously monitors your reserve containers pressure, using programmed software logic to determine if a container is truly empty or contains residual product.

Benchtop Flow Cytometry

Benchtop, micro-capillary flow cytometers, paired with ready-to-use cell analysis kits, enable any researcher to leverage the power of flow cytometry, regardless of expertise or access to a core facility.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager Magazine's Independent Guide to Purchasing a Lab Shaker, Stirrer or Mixer

There are many different factors to consider when purchasing a lab shaker, stirrer or mixer, as well as countless makes and models to choose from. The following guide can make your decision a little easier.