Peer Tutor, Oneonta, NY - April 11, 2016
A typical day at work consisted of running PCR assays on different samples and recording data for the heat-shock response in Neuroblastoma 2a cells. I learned a lot more about how to avoid contamination in the lab and how to culture cells and change media. I also made media (DMEM) for the cells. I kept all of my calculations and findings in my lab notebook. My co-workers were great and were always ready to help me if I needed anything. The hardest part of the job was probably figuring most of it out on my own and creating my own protocols (as well as repeating my protocols). The most enjoyable part of my job was collecting and analyzing the data that I found and being in the lab environment. I feel much more confident in the lab now that I've had extra practice handling the equipment and performing lab procedures.