The first few days of my summer studentship in the lab have been occupied with learning the ropes of working in a Research environment. My supervisor has been teaching me how to make the different solutions I will need for my project. As my work involves freezing skeletal muscle fibres in Trehalose solution, and then activating them to measure the force they can produce I need many different types of solution. I have also been introduced to what will become a great friend of over the coming weeks, my lab book! It is always helpful to keep a lab book to write down what you have made and how you have made it especially with the varying quantities and strengths of the different solutions I have made over the last couple of days.
So far the work has been very fulfilling and there is never a dull moment. There is also much to observe and learn in a lab from many of the people working in it, who have also helped me along my way and taught me tricks of the trade to make life easier.