What tasks are done by Molecular and Cellular Biologists at work?

Based on survey data, tasks done by Molecular and Cellular Biologists usually include the following:

  • Design molecular or cellular laboratory experiments, oversee their execution, and interpret results. (Daily, 65% of the time.)
  • Supervise technical personnel and postdoctoral research fellows. (Daily, 64% of the time.)
  • Conduct research on cell organization and function, including mechanisms of gene expression, cellular bioinformatics, cell signaling, or cell differentiation. (Daily, 52% of the time.)
  • Direct, coordinate, organize, or prioritize biological laboratory activities. (Daily, 52% of the time.)
  • Verify all financial, physical, and human resources assigned to research or development projects are used as planned. (More than yearly, 50% of the time.)
  • Participate in all levels of bioproduct development, including proposing new products, performing market analyses, designing and performing experiments, and collaborating with operations and quality control teams during product launches. (More than yearly, 50% of the time.)
  • Develop assays that monitor cell characteristics. (More than yearly, 48% of the time.)
  • Confer with vendors to evaluate new equipment or reagents or to discuss the customization of product lines to meet user requirements. (More than yearly, 43% of the time.)
  • Compile and analyze molecular or cellular experimental data and adjust experimental designs as necessary. (More than weekly, 39% of the time.)
  • Evaluate new supplies and equipment to ensure operability in specific laboratory settings. (More than yearly, 39% of the time.)
  • Evaluate new technologies to enhance or complement current research. (More than yearly, 36% of the time.)
  • Instruct undergraduate and graduate students within the areas of cellular or molecular biology. (Daily, 36% of the time.)
  • Maintain accurate laboratory records and data. (Daily, 35% of the time.)
  • Prepare reports, manuscripts, and meeting presentations. (More than yearly, 35% of the time.)
  • Coordinate molecular or cellular research activities with scientists specializing in other fields. (More than monthly, 33% of the time.)
  • Perform laboratory procedures following protocols including deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing, cloning and extraction, ribonucleic acid (RNA) purification, or gel electrophoresis. (More than weekly, 32% of the time.)
  • Conduct applied research aimed at improvements in areas such as disease testing, crop quality, pharmaceuticals, and the harnessing of microbes to recycle waste. (More than yearly, 32% of the time.)
  • Provide scientific direction for project teams regarding the evaluation or handling of devices, drugs, or cells for in vitro and in vivo disease models. (More than yearly, 31% of the time.)
  • Monitor or operate specialized equipment such as gas chromatographs and high pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, thermocyclers, fluorescence activated cell sorters, and phosphorimagers. (Several times daily, 26% of the time.)
  • Design databases such as mutagenesis libraries. (More than yearly, 22% of the time.)
  • Develop guidelines for procedures such as the management of viruses. (More than yearly, 18% of the time.)
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