General Lab Duties

  • Log needed supplies for order through Quartzy.
  • Log received orders on Quartzy, and accurately mark the location and quantity.
  • Date all chemicals upon receipt.

Specific Lab Duties

Updated May 9, 2017




Lab Improvement ManagersShyamIdentify and see to the completion of lab improvement tasks, of short-, long- and yearly-term scales. Schedule lab improvement meetings to address these. Assign unassigned/irregular/one-time tasks among lab members and hold assignees accountable. 
WebmasterManage lab memberships on all Bennett Lab websites (Slack, Benchling, wiki, Google Group & Drive, Quartzy, Booked) and update the lab directory/roster with new members, permanent email addresses, and reagent initials.
Maintain the website content: clear junk, upkeep organization and file structure, enforce standards and conventions.
Clear MS Teams clutter and moving worthwhile content to the wiki or Drive.
Maintain Benchling and Drive file structures and conventions. Ensure accurate Quartzy and freezer databases.
Schedule lab meetings, socials, photo sessions, and coordinate with presenters. Update lab calendar with meetings, important seminars, etc.

Safety Officer


Ensure lab and lab members comply with safety policy (training and practice). Make safety rules. Liaise with EHS.



Order supplies and receive and store deliveries.

Microscope Room Maintenance


Ensure the scope rooms and their equipment are in working order and clean; communicate with Brian Temple, Kalli Landua, and Eric Rothsgebo.

Cytometer Maintenance


Maintain cytometer. Run full clean once per week when in use.

Macroscope MaintenanceCharisMaintain macroscope and software link. Clean when necessary.
Shaker/Incubator MaintenanceAll LabClean the shakers when necessary. Manage repairs and upkeep.
Centrifuge MaintenanceAll LabClean and service centrifuges when necessary. Clean centrifuge bench as necessary. Clean collection tubes? Bleach miniprep waste in fume hood.

Gas Inventory/Ordering


Check gas cylinders. Order new ones when necessary.

Vacuum Pump MaintenanceCharis



Communicate tasks to Lucy

Biohazard Waste


Take sealed biohazardous waste boxes to the biohaz waste room in GRB every 1–2 weeks, when ≥3 boxes accrue. Bring back new boxes when supply is low.

Pipette Tip Refills


Refill tip boxes when low.



Autoclave: tip boxes when they are refilled, 8/12/24/96-well plates/blocks (foil-topped), centrifuge bottles, tube bins, and occasionally other items on the empty tip box bench.
Plates/blocks must be autoclaved 45 min in a monolayer filled to the brim with tap water, optionally reautoclaved if emptied and dried while hot.

Gel Area Cleaning

All Lab

Clean gel area and electrophoresis chambers as necessary, scrubbing chambers with electrodes removed. Make new 50× and 1× TAE when low.

Weighing Bench Cleaning

All Lab

Clean weigh area, microwave, and stir plate area. Check on supplies (weigh paper/boats, stir bars, spatulas)

Computer Maintenance


Update and backup lab computers, NAS (Meidi); liaise with Rice IT.

Tubes/Glassware Cleaning

Lucy Lopez

Wash all dirty glassware, including culture tubes.

Bead Cleaning


Collect waste beads from benches; clean with 10% bleach. Aliquot into culture tubes and autoclave.

Agar PlatesShyam, Xiao, Cole, CharisMake single-antibiotic plates. Shyam: plain and amp100; Xiao: chl25; Cole: kan50; Charis spt50 (mg/L)
Competent Cell PrepShyamMake competent cell aliquots of cloning strains for the lab, NEB Turbo, DH10B.ALT, and DB3.1
Common Stock AliquotsXiao10 mM dNTPs, 10× T4 ligase buffer, 1000× antibiotics: chl25, amp100, kan50, spt50 (g/L).

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