NYU Langone Medical Center

Lab Rules


• Leave all common areas cleaner than when you found them. Clean-up all spills, droppings, or broken items.

• Treat all equipment gently. Do not yank or pull things by their cords or electrical leads.

• The last person to leave the lab at the end of the day should check all the rooms, making sure that all the doors of the lab are locked, all the refrigerators and freezer doors are locked, and all the instruments have been turned off.

• Phone calls. Please limit your outgoing and incoming calls in the laboratory. Do not tie up the phone line with personal calls. Stopping work to answer the phone for others and taking messages, though courteous, is disruptive, time consuming, and sometimes an annoyance.

• No dry ice in the sinks (dry ice cracks the sinks and drains). Let it evaporate in the ice bucket after use. Neither agarose or acrylamide gels nor solutions containing such chemicals, should be poured into the drain. It clogs them.

• Do not pour liquids into waste baskets; they usually end up on the carpet or the floor.

• The lab microwave should not be used for food. Never melt agarose or solutions that contain ethidium bromide in the microwave.

• No food or drink is allowed in the lab and the walk-in cold room. There can't be any food containers or wrappers in any of the waste baskets in the lab.

• Always lock the laboratory door when you are the last to leave, or when you leave the lab for any period of time during the evenings and weekend.

• Always use the hood for organic solvents, concentrated acids, and volatile hazardous chemicals. Always use gloves, eye, and ear protection when necessary.

• Please take care of the lab plants that are near your desk/bench.


Space that is assigned to you, including desk, bench and shelves, should be kept in a clean and orderly condition. At the end of the day, put away all dirty glassware (completely soaked/immersed in designated tubs) and if necessary replace soiled disposable bench covers (diapers). Do not use your ‘personal’ lab space for long-term storage of personal items such as old books, inactive files, etc. Nothing should be stored in knee holes under your bench or desk.

Chemical Room:

Chemical shelves and balances are to be kept clean and organized. Close the balance doors after your use. Under no circumstance is anyone to leave an almost empty container on the chemical self without re-ordering. Chemicals/reagents must be ordered when they are found in low supply, before we run out.


• Thou Shalt Back Up Your Data Daily! If you don't, you will lose valuable data, and its as simple as that.

• Naming of files. Please name your files using the format of yyyy.mm.dd.aaaa.doc, in which aaaa denotes an informative abbreviation of less than 8 characters.

• How to back up your data onto the research drive/lab server.

1. First, make sure you have access to the Sun lab server or research drive (R drive). If you are using a PC, you can find it under "My Computer." It should be appear as sunlab on 'sunlab.nyumc.org'. If you are using a Mac, it also appears as 'sunlab.nyumc.org'.

2. The lab server is divided into two parts: Homes and SunLabSpace. Your Homes folder is accessible to you and the PI of the lab only. You can  deposit your data, as well as any other files that you would like to share with the PI, in your Homes folder (this is in addition to your H drive on the Cell Biology server). The SunLabSpace folder is accessible to everyone in the lab. This is a mechanism that we can all share and transfer documents. For backup purposes, you should sync to your own personal folder under Homes.

3. If you do not already have Microsoft SyncToy installed, you can get the software for free from Microsoft’s Download Center. Download SyncToy 2.1 from here and install it to your computer (you will need administrator privileges to do so). For more information on the SyncToy application, go here.

4. Once SyncToy is installed, set up the folders you would like to sync. Click “Create New