Mathematics in the lab
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience: very early stage postgraduate research students from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences only.

This course will cover basic, commonly used calculations in the laboratory environment. It is useful for those who are unfamiliar or who wish to undertake a refresher in the calculations listed in the course objectives below.


To help you to gain an understanding of biological laboratory calculations used daily during scientific research.


By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • carry out calculations involving concentrations
  • produce standard curves and calculate unknown protein concentrations
  • carry out calculations for producing dilutions
  • perform cell counting to determine cell viability and cell numbers

Course description

The session will be interactive, and you must bring a scientific calculator to the session (which you know how to use!)

This course assumes a small level of familiarity with laboratory calculations.



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