Lab Orientation @RIPLRT

Welcome to the @RIPLRT!

Congratulations in joining the @RIPLRT! Find below what you should do and know to get started with the @RIPLRT:

Where is the lab:

The lab is located in the 1st floor of the Larkin University building (see below map), just before the bulletin boards where the peer-review publications from the College of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy of Larkin University are posted. This is a shared lab space: although we have our own resources, sharing spaces and resources is part of our philosophy @RIPLRT and at Larkin University. Of course, there are resources that cannot be shared due to their safety regulations, among other reasons.

To gain access to the lab, please contact Dr. Rivera-Mariani (our Principal Investigator and Mentor), the facilities manager (Mr. Rafael Zararte), or our facilities cleaning friends.

First things first:

  1. Please read our lab manual (click here to access the web or the PDF version). After reading it carefully and clarifying any doubts with Dr. Rivera-Mariani or any of your RIPLRT colleagues, sign and submit the form to Dr. Rivera-Mariani. Ask any of the lab members to share the sign in form with you.

  2. Review our website to familiarize yourself with its content.

  3. Provide us with a picture (professional head-shot) and a short bio to be included on our Team member's page of our Parent site ( and here on the Wiki page (click here).

  4. Take the CITI program training modules related to human subjects (please refer to Code of Conduct chapter in the Lab Manual for details or speak with any of the RIPLRT RAs). Without these trainings, unfortunately we cannot allow you to perform experiment or work in RIPLRT projects.

  5. Take the training from the National Institute of Health for "Working Safely with HIV and Other Bloodborne Pathogens". Without this training, unfortunately we cannot allow you to perform experiments or work on RIPLRT projects.

  6. Make sure to have all vaccinations up-to-date, including Hepatitis B (because we work with human samples) and a Flu shot (to avoid being victims of and contributing to the flu season).

  7. Create an account in:

To better mange our time with our tasks in the lab
To join the social-media of scientists
@RIPLRT electronic lab notebook platform
To showcase our your credentials and research group

After you completed the above steps and created the corresponding accounts,

  1. Remind Dr. Rivera-Mariani or any of your colleagues in RIPLRT to grant you access to:

  2. Each RIPLRT colleague is required to perform a series of pipetting experiment to assess your pipetting skills: this "simple not so simple" technique is important to master!

  3. If there is an ongoing project, ask Dr. Rivera-Mariani if you could be added to the project.

  4. We are basically paperless; therefore, it is important that you become familiar with our Team Drive (i.e. Google Drive) in the G-Suite platform after being invited to join. Also become familiar with other cloud storage platforms (see RIPLRT in the Cloud).

Other Important @RIPLRT Remarks

Slack is our main form of communication: once you join our Slack work-space you will find different channels for different purpose (e.g. for general communication, when we are in the lab, scientific updates, etc.). Nevertheless, we employ other forms of communication, such as email and weekly meetings.

If you have a social media account, such as Twitter and Facebook, consider following us in both the Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, and YouTube pages. In Facebook, we share with the public (employing less-technical terminology) our events, news, accomplishments, and communicate science topics. This information-sharing approach also applies to Twitter and Instagram. If you want be known by others and informed on latest topics within the scientific community, Twitter is the place (see our mentor's Twitter as an example).

How to build your scientific image? Have a Twitter account; frequently visit Researchgate; attend scientific conference (we often submit abstracts for different conferences); be extrovert (but not too extrovert) during networking opportunities. Also, make sure to have a LinkedIn account.

Work as much as possible to become a good science writer (not the same as writing essays in humanities): communication is key in science. Getting good results and findings are not enough if we are not able to communicate them correctly, and adapt our communication to different audiences. Reading how other scientist write (i.e. reading their publications) is one of the best ways to become better communicator's within the scientific community.

Keep up as much as possible with recent published findings. I highly recommend using Pubcrawler because it reports to you weekly with recent peer-review publications in topics of your interest (and @RIPLRT interest). Twitter is also good in keeping up with science and communicating it as well (again, see our mentor's Twitter as an example). Researchgate is also a good place to keep up with science.

Make notes of your ideas: often we miss the chance to follow upon our ideas because we can't recall them.

With @RIPLRT, it is highly recommended to employ apps in your smartphone (e.g. Slack, Google apps, WhenIWork, Microsoft Office, among others).