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Laboratory/Research Skills

List of skills to assist with resumes, cover letters and interviews

Animal Care

  • Handle and restrain
  • Weigh animals
  • Breed various species
  • Clean cages
  • Administer injections
  • Prepare special diets
  • Anesthetize
  • Maintain and evaluate animal records
  • Prepare for sterile surgical procedures
  • Perform simple surgical procedures (such as adrenalectomy)
  • Assist in sterile neurosurgical procedures
  • Assist in emergency medical and surgical procedures
  • Administer medication
  • Implant tumors into small animals
  • Perform animal autopsy
  • Perform microsurgery
  • Catherterize and infuse small animal arteries
  • Collect blood or other samples

General Laboratory

  • Pipette
  • Weigh
  • Sterilize
  • Filtrate
  • Titrate
  • Wash/Clean glassware
  • Prepare media
  • Practice sterile techniques

Electron Microscopy

  • Fix
  • Embed
  • Stain
  • Section
  • Process film
  • Print film
  • Produce prints
  • Operation of Electron Microscopy
  • Prepare grids
  • Form film on grids

Histology

  • Routine frozen sections of whole animal brains
  • Cell and fiber stains
  • Perfusions of animals
  • Staining processes
  • Embedding processes: paraffin, celloidin
  • Autoradiography of tissue sections

Immunology

  • Plaque assay for antibody forming cells
  • Hemagglutination and hemolysis assay
  • Florescent antibody technique
  • Lyophilization
  • Spectrofluorometry
  • Isolate viruses
  • Cytotoxicity assay
  • Lymphocyte culture

Bacteriology

  • Maintain and purify: bacteria, phage stocks, cell culture
  • Tissue culture
  • Culture transfers
  • Inoculation
  • Prepare media
  • Pour plates
  • Plasmid amplification

  • Prepare and assay bacteriophage lysates

Biochemistry/Genetics

  • Purify and characterize enzymes
  • Determinations: RNA, protein, nucleic acid, phosphate and others
  • Gradients: density, equilibrium, etc.
  • Assays: enzyme, infectivity, blood coagulation factors, and other (biochemical) assays
  • Spectrophotometers: UV, infared, atomic absorption
  • Electrophooresis: immune, acrylamyde gel, paper
  • Chromatography: paper, thin layer
  • Column: ion exchange resins, gel, gas liquid, HPLC
  • Purify blood coagulations factors
  • Immunoprecipitation techniques
  • Analyze peptides
  • Manipulate DNA
  • Extract phenols from DNA
  • Equilibrium sedimentation centrifugation
  • Prepare anitibodies
  • Analyze lipids
  • Synthesize peptides
  • Mutagenesis
  • Test for mutations
  • Cell fractionation
  • Transduction
  • Conjugation
  • Breed and maintain a population of drosophila, rodents or other species
  • Prepare and identify mutants with mutagenic chemicals

Radio-biological

  • Radioimmunoassays
  • Handle radioisotopes
  • Irradiate tumors in vivo
  • Label radioactives
  • Radioisotope counters: autogamma, scintillation, scanning, gas flow

Laboratory/Research Instruments

  • Light microscope
  • Autoanalyser
  • Microburett
  • pH meter
  • Centrifuges: standard, high speed
  • Incubators
  • Dark room equipment
  • Precision balance
  • Volumnetric glassware
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Blood gas analyzer
  • Microtomes: paraffin, celloidin
  • X-ray equipment

Other Skills or Relevant Experience

  • Data processing
  • Laboratory
  • Statistical analysis
  • Programming skills
  • Database skills
  • Computer languages (HTML, C++, etc.)