Dr. Thomas Warwick

Dr. Thomas Warwick

Content Creator, Bitesize Bio

Appears in 25 Episodes

What Reagents Can You Use Past Their Chemical Expiry Date?

#98 — Our labs can contain thousands of chemicals, many of which will be past their given expiry date and many of which are expensive to buy and replace. Replacing the...

Genetic Variants Explained

#91 — Genomes are complex and encode a vast quantity of information. One of their key features is genetic variants—aberrations in the genetic sequence, usually in the ...

Simplicity in Science: How to Increase your Research Effectiveness by Doing Less

#89 — "Achieve more by doing less" sounds like a piece of cheap advice, but there is a lot of wisdom in it. Research is complicated. You must choose the best questions...

How to Passage Cells in Culture

#85 — Working with living cells is a tricky business, and tiny fluctuations in environmental conditions can affect their physiology and impact your experiments. Or wor...

3 Easy Tips for Avoiding Measurement Drift in Analytical Balances

#84 — Every experiment starts by preparing some buffer solutions. And every buffer solution starts with weighing out some compounds on an analytical balance. But these...

All About the qPCR Standard Curve: The Key to Good PCR Data

#73 — PCR is a fundamental technique all biologists rely on, and, for qPCR, we can construct a standard curve that tells us how good or bad our primers are.In this epi...

How Histology Slides Are Prepared

#71 — A good histology slide can give you beautiful, revealing microscope images of your precious tissue samples. But what goes into preparing slides for histology? Wh...

6 Laboratory Sterilization Methods and How They Work

#70 — Sterilization is a critical technique in the biology lab. It keeps your cell lines free from contamination, allows safe disposal of used items, and prevents brea...

Types of Digital Images for Stunning Science Publications

#69 — Figures are a fundamental way to communicate science and are essential components of journal articles. In this episode, learn the differences between vector and ...

5 Controls for Immunofluorescence: A Beginner’s Guide

#68 — Controls are fundamental to getting meaningful data. Especially in long, drawn-out experiments like immunofluorescence imaging. In this episode, we explain 5 typ...

What is Water of Crystallization? Everything You Need to Know

#67 — What are those mysterious extra water molecules at the end of some chemical names? Do they matter to your experiments? And what should you do when they aren't wa...

How To Make ECL Reagent: 4 Ingredients, Better Blots

#64 — Like many experiments, doing a Western blot typically means comparing half a dozen online protocols, failing completely, triple-checking the recipes of your more...

3 Hot Tips to Optimize Your Western Blot Transfers

#63 — Are you fed up with Western blots that look like your pen leaked in your pocket? We all are. That's why we've put together our three favorite tips for better Wes...

Protein Colocalization: 2 Essential Methods to Prove Protein Overlap

#58 — One of the most common goals in biology is to prove that two proteins colocalize. Usually, colocalization happens as part of a crucial disease pathway or poorly ...

Why Do Enzymes Have Optimum Temperatures?

#57 — Some microbes survive at 37°C, and some survive at 90°C. So why do their respective enzymes have optimum temperatures? Listen to this episode and learn about the...

10 Common PPE Sins

#54 — Do some people's terrible PPE habits bug you? Are you guilty of not wearing your PPE in the lab?Listen to our top 10 PPE sins. Sins that we've all definitely com...

PPE for Eye and Face Protection—Better Safe than Sorry!

#53 — Anywhere but the face! On the list of places you wouldn't want to spill a chemical, I bet your face ranks pretty high.Wise scientists know their face protection....

How to Handle Strong Acids in the Lab

#52 — Acids are ubiquitous in the lab. We use them for many tasks, such as pH-ing solutions, cleaning glassware, calibrating instruments, and dissolving analytes.But t...

How to Use a pH Meter Correctly in 4 Simple Steps

#51 — A neglected pH meter means less reliable experiments, poor reproducibility, and time wasted. Yet, despite being critical to all our experiments, they are frequen...

Top 5 Protein Quantification Assays

#34 — Whether you like it or not, you need to know the concentration of your protein samples accurately. Binding constants, enzyme kinetics, and activity assays all ne...

Top 10 Worst Lab Smells

#33 — Your lab. It probably doesn't look very nice, and often enough, it probably doesn't smell very nice either. Lumps of E. coli, fishy amines, eggy reducing agents....

What Is Cryo-Electron Microscopy? A Brief Introduction

#26 — Cryo-EM is a revolutionary imaging method that lets us see complex biostructures at higher and higher resolutions. But do you understand the mind-blowing science...

Ten Bad Chemicals in the Lab and What They do to You!

#22 — Research often requires you to use dangerous chemicals. From caustic acids and bases to pH solutions and toxic reducing agents, chemical hazards abound in the la...

Which Type of Ethanol Should I Use?

#10 — As you probably know, there are different types of ethanol found in biology labs. It's a versatile solvent used in dozens of experiments and procedures, includin...

A Short History of Cryo-Electron Microscopy

#3 — In this episode of Mentors At Your Benchside, listen to a short history of cryo-electron microscopy—the Nobel Prize-winning technique revolutionizing molecular an...