The scientist’s working environment: The Bench and The Desk.

Ok, so for my first real post I thought I would take you through my domain–the LAB.  It’s here that I perform my experiments, analyze my data and stare at my computer a lot.  I remember the first time my family came up to visit me and I showed them the lab I was rotating in my first semester in grad school.  Now, you must remember I come from a small town where most people probably imagine me in the white lab coat and the pristine laboratory seen on tv that is brightly lit and thoroughly sterilized.  Heck, that’s what I thought until I started doing research in college.

My dad commented “This is it?  I thought it would be cleaner.”  Well that was a let down…I thought it was pretty clean.

In comparison to some of my other colleagues (you know who you are), I like to keep my bench fairly clean and organized; this is very much in contrast to the rest of my life.  So, without further ado,

The Bench

Where I perform e-x-p-e-r-i-m-e-n-t-s

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In my opinion this is a typical bench.  You have the gloves, pipettes, pipette tips (those purple/off white boxes), random post-its with buffer recipes, timer, and then many labeled bottles and tubes containing anything from MilliQ (science-y name for ultrapure water) to hydrochloric acid.  But mostly it’s nothing too dangerous.

Lucky me, when you turn around from my bench you have… a pretty standard desk–computer, papers, books, and more post-its.

The Desk

Where I ‘analyze’ data and ‘read’ current literature

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By the way, there are a few things in these pictures that may or may not be in accordance with EH&S rules.  I’ll let you find the things that don’t belong.  Also, I just realized that TBST recipe is totally incomplete.

Ok, so there you have it, a real lab.  Go science!



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