Webinar: Best Practices for Protecting Results and Employees in qPCR Testing
qPCR testing is at its highest due to the COVID-19 pandemic and laboratory professionals should learn how to protect themselves from the associated safety and ergonomic challenges. Ensuring the wellbeing of laboratory workers and the DNA also yields the best and most accurate results. This webinar will educate participants on the common issues that qPCR testing laboratories face and will share best practices on avoiding contamination and improving the reproducibility of results.
Avoiding contaminants and ensuring nucleic acid quality are at the core of everyday work in a qPCR laboratory. Even before a laboratory worker picks up your pipette to start sample preparation there are factors that need attention. How the laboratory layout and workflows are designed can reduce the chance of contamination and the choice of laboratory plastics has a surprising impact on the quality of the work. The most critical step in the end is sample preparation, where best practices minimize the chance of sample contamination and degradation.
Long hours in the lab doing precision work are tiring, which gives rise to human errors but also to common issues such as wrist strain and pain in the lower back. The effects can be reduced with attention to proper ergonomics by selecting proper tools and educating laboratory personnel on ergonomic work routines. By considering ergonomics in everyday laboratory work, variation in experiment results is reduced, employees stay focused and sick days are reduced.
Who Should Attend?
- Research Scientists
- Lab Technicians
- Analytical Scientists
- Lab Managers
- COVID- 19 Researchers
What You Will Learn
The speaker will address the common challenges of qPCR testing, such as contamination prevention, best pipetting practices, and ergonomics issues. In this webinar, participants will:
- Learn about the major challenges in nucleic acid research and how sample handling and consumables can affect results
- Learn best laboratory practices to avoid contamination
- Learn how improving ergonomics improves laboratory results
- Learn best pipetting practices for common liquids used in qPCR experiments
About the speaker
Paulus Artimo, MSc, is the Product Manager for Pipetting and Dispensing at Sartorius, a leading international partner of the biopharmaceutical industry and the research sector. Paulus received his M.Sc. in molecular biotechnology from the University of Helsinki and has worked in molecular and microbiology laboratories before joining Sartorius.
This webinar was hosted by Xtalks.