- Here’s how our own principal investigator, Cathy Rosenfeld, uses Labguru to make her lab run more efficiently, save money, on board new lab members in minutes, collaborate with others, and more.
- First, Cathy sets up a new research project in her Labguru workspace. A project is where notes, observations, protocols and data are aggregated.
Her research is on drosophila so she calls it: Experimental Genetics of the Drosophila Melanogaster.
Cathy then invites her post-docs, grad students, research fellows, and others to the lab workspace.
Now that all her lab members have joined, Cathy wants to do some experimental design.
- Cathy’s lab uses a well known commercial protocol so she accesses our protocol directory to add it to her lab’s protocols in Labguru.
- Cathy’s selected protocol is now imported into Labguru and has functionality like the ability to complete steps, edits & version tracking, and the option to set a time and send an SMS when the procedure is finished.
Now that she’s got her procedure imported and ready it’s time for her to add the samples and reagents that she will use to execute the experiment. She clicks to add a reagent and is brought to the Consumables page - a dynamic inventory of materials and reagents in the lab.
Cathy knows she uses commercially available reagents from Sigma Aldrich so she searches our product directory. By importing the reagent this way, she preserves critical metadata - from batch number to concentration - ensuring a reproducible track record of her experimental design.
She can now add her reagent to her experiment - completing the experimental design.
Important: By linking her reagent to her experiment, Cathy has established a valuable linkage between her reagents and her experiment - and in the future her analysis and results - traditionally two siloed aspects of research.