McClean: Joining The Lab

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This page is meant to serve as a resource for new members joining the lab. Please utilize this page as an initial checklist of things to do and learn as you are settling in. If there is something missing that would be helpful to new lab members, ADD IT!

Things to Do

  • Read the lab's Statement of Expectations and sign the bottom of the page to indicate that you've read it.
  • If you are completely new to the University, make sure to go to the ID office in Union South and get your WisCard. You will need this for getting in and out of the labs.
  • It's a good idea to check in with Ashley Prochaska(, the HR rep for BME and see if there's any additional paperwork, etc you need to know about.
  • Get a key to the student office spaces: (Rooms: 3153, 3155, 3157 ECB)
    • Larry Wheeler in ECB B1084 manages physical keys. You'll need to fill out a few forms and have Megan sign them.
  • Create an Openwetware account so that you can edit this (and other) pages in the McClean site. Learn how to edit pages by setting up your user profile (see: Add your name to the homepage for the McClean lab under "Lab Members". When you click on your name, it should link to your profile page.
  • Request key card access to ECB 1002, 1002A, 1004, 2002, 2023, 2032, 2042, 2046, 2048, 3005, 3007, 3009 here:
  • Setup a CAE(computer-aided engineering) account here: You'll need to set that up to access resources.
  • For setting up computer for yourself, email
  • Google "Quartzy," join Quartzy and join the "Megan N McClean's Lab" Group
    • Quartzy is the system we will use to order supplies, keep a chemical inventory, etc
  • Join Benchling and ask Professor McClean to invite you to the McClean Lab's Benchling
  • Get access to Lab archives, Slack, Google Calendars and the Google Drive for the McClean Lab (also request these from Professor McClean).
  • Register for (and complete) chemical safety training: Submit proof for course completion to Megan McClean (email is fine).
  • Register for and complete the following biosafety classes. Send email confirmation of completion to M. McClean
  • Once training is completed, request to be added to the Biosafety protocol for the lab and request a copy of the chemical hygiene protocol to review.
  • Locate the fire extinguishers, eye washes, and safety showers in the lab spaces (ECB 1002, 1002A, 1004, 2002, 2023, 2032, 2042, 2046, 2048, 3005, 3007, 3009).
  • Ask someone to give you a lab tour and generally go around opening drawers/cabinets to get an idea of where everything is. You can also browse Quartzy to familiarize yourself with supplies used in the lab.
  • If you will be using the microscope, please skim through the microscope links in the Protocols section. It is good to know what has gone wrong to know what could go wrong.

Things to Read

  • If you will be doing any programming for you research, read Wilson, et al 2014 Best Practices for Scientific Computing Plos Biology 12(1) and check out the Software Carpentry tutorials at

Things to Know


Please feel free to post comments, questions, or improvements to this list. We are happy to have your input! Newbies, you MUST add to this list if you find things missing!

  1. People to talk to?
  2. Trainings to take?
  3. Things to know or do that are missing from this overview?

Please sign your name to your note by adding '''*~~~~''': to the beginning of your tip.

  • Laura Guerrero --> Biosafety 101 and 102 is now called Biosafety Required Training