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SLAS2018 Short Courses

Liquid Handling Essentials (Interactive Course)

This course is designed to introduce important concepts that affect liquid handling performance so that the overall quality and efficiency remain high. With a balanced mix of discussions and activities, this course will focus on applying key practices on live systems and measuring performance metrics.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed with the new or beginning user 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

Those interested in the following tracks:

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.
  • Understanding Accuracy and Precision: Improve liquid handler performance to ensure reliable assay results.
  • 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.
  • Troubleshooting strategies and case study discussions.


Nathaniel Hentz

Nathaniel Hentz
NC State University - BTEC

Nat is an industry leader with years of experience developing high-throughput screening assays, automating and optimizing laboratory equipment, and investigating new technologies with Eli Lilly & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb. As Assistant Director, Analytical at the North Carolina State University, Nat specializes in hands-on instruction and development activities to assist with the growth of the emerging bio-manufacturing industry.

Dana Campbell

Dana Campbell

Dana is a professional life sciences application enthusiast, with extensive experience applying liquid handling automation in a variety of laboratories throughout North America. As a field Applications Specialist at Artel, Dana 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.

Lisa Knapp

Lisa Knapp
Agilent Technologies

Lisa is a liquid handling automation professional, with extensive experience in liquid handling, high throughput screening, genomics and automation in a variety of laboratories throughout North America. As a Field Applications Scientist in Genomics Automation at Agilent Technologies, Lisa works directly with laboratories to implement and troubleshoot complex genomic automation protocols that are critical to research and clinical applications.

Our Sponsors

  • Hamilton
  • Artel
  • Corning
  • Waters
  • Agilent
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Cosmo Biotechnologies
  • Hamamatsu
  • Labcyte
  • Miltenyi Biotec
  • Tecan
  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • Biotek
  • BMG Labtech
  • Eppendorf
  • Molecular Devices
  • Scinomix
  • Select Science
  • StemoniX
  • Analytik Jena
  • Clinical Lab Products
  • Gilson
  • HighRes Biosolutions
  • IMI Precision
  • LGC
  • Phoseon Technology
  • Brooks Life Sciences
  • Covaris
  • Inheco
  • Multispan
  • Sartorius
  • American Laboratory
  • Biocompare
  • Cell Press
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  • DTR
  • GEN News
  • Integrative Biology
  • Labcompare
  • LabManager
  • Lab on a Chip
  • RSC
  • SCW
  • SelectScience
  • Technology Networks
  • TAS
  • The Scientist
  • The Translational Scientist