SLAS2020 Short Course: Liquid Handling Essentials

This course is designed to highlight and demonstrate important concepts that affect liquid handling performance. A strong focus and aim will be to bridge the gap between fundamentals of manual pipetting and automated liquid handlers. The course offers a balanced mix of engaging discussions and opportunities to apply the practical learned concepts to live systems.

Optimizing Assay Performance Through Liquid Handling Management

Learn the keys to success in automating your assay

This half-day course is designed to highlight and demonstrate important concepts that affect assay performance through management of your liquid handling. A strong focus will be on understanding the keys to optimizing your workflows, including liquid handling behavior characteristics, liquid classes, low volumes and method transfer. The course offers a balanced mix of engaging discussions and opportunities to apply the practical learned concepts to live systems. The course will have two offerings this year, a morning section and an afternoon section.

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How You Will Benefit From This Course

  • Understand key liquid handling behavior characteristics and how they translate to assay-specific tasks.
  • Learn how to identify common factors that affect method transfer.
  • Recognize quality aspects of liquid handling and the importance of accuracy and precision on liquid volume delivery.
  • Learn how liquid handling parameters affect pipetting performance.
  • Gain confidence in robotic performance and in assay results.
  • Become more proficient in liquid handler use and problem solving

Course Topics

  • Liquid Handling Overview: Review liquid handling fundamental concepts and factors that affect liquid delivery.
  • Examining Liquid Classes: Understand the dynamics of liquid class differences and how those properties can affect pipetting performance.
  • Aspirating, Dispensing, and Mixing Strategies: Explore the critical components of liquid transfer steps and examine how various parameters influence performance.
  • Low-Volume Liquid Handling: The importance of accuracy and precision.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed with the new or beginning user of liquid handling devices in mind. However, anyone interested in basic principles of liquid handling and troubleshooting pipetting performance issues are encouraged to join.

  • Scientists, Engineers and Analysts who work with automated liquid handlers
  • Laboratory Managers & Supervisors
  • Quality-Focused & Regulatory Compliance Professionals

Course Instructors:

Nathaniel Hentz, Ph.D.
Nathaniel Hentz is an industry leader with years of experience developing HTS assays, automating and optimizing laboratory equipment and investigating new technologies with Eli Lilly & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb. During his tenure at North Carolina State University, Hentz specialized in hands-on instruction and development activities to assist with the growth of the biomanufacturing industry.As Director, Scientific Market Development at Artel, he focuses on developing new applications to solve problems for the assay development community.

Dana Campbell, M.S.
Dana Campbell is a seasoned life science professional with extensive experience in genomics and automation in a variety of laboratories throughout North America. As a field Applications Specialist at Artel, Campbell works directly with laboratories to solve complex liquid handling and process issues that are often critical to their productivity and compliance, and to the integrity of their test results.

Kaziya Lee
Kaziya is a Laboratory Applications Scientist with nearly a decade of experience as a bench scientist. Kaziya understands the real-world challenges of the lab and applies her extensive scientific knowledge to assist customers in solving liquid handling process and assay issues that critically impact productivity and data integrity. Kaziya is trained and qualified to comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and is part of the team that delivers both the Artel Liquid Handling Service and the ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Calibration Service.