Getting Started

This handbook is intended for prospective and current members of the Chou lab. Its primary purpose is to teach you how to get things done in the lab and how to perform research, e.g. how to organize your ideas, experiments, and projects as a researcher. This is a “living” document that is continously updated based on feedbacks from members of the lab.

For a more general guide on graduate school in IBBME, consult the departmental handbook.

First Steps

Before you start working in the lab, you must complete the following:

  • Submit your signed supervisor-student agreement form to Leo
  • Read this handbook and submit your signed lab agreement form to Leo
  • Obtain your T-Card (if you’re not a current UofT student)
  • Sign up for and complete lab safety training
  • Sign the HQP consent form from NSERC (for grant writing purposes)



To get the most out of this handbook, start by reviewing a few introductory topics:

Lab policies - general rules about lab hours & location, graduation requirements, and authorship

Getting started - instructions on how to get stuff done, e.g. set up your workflow, ordering supplies, IT stuff, lab hacks

Organizing your research - tips for organizing your ideas, project, experiments, and meta-data


This lab manual is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial 4.0 International License. If you’re a PI or a trainee in a different lab and want to write your own lab manual, feel free to take inspiration from this one.

credit: the initial version of this handbook took inspiration from the Aly lab