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Sonali Sharma, PhD Student, Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC)

Pablo-David Rojas
Pablo-David Rojas August 26, 2020

Sonali's PhD research focuses on understanding the network of non-coding and coding RNAs in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). We sat down with Sonali to learn how LabTwin’s voice-activated digital lab assistant helps her capture data and manage experiments while working in sterile environments.


Why did you decide to start using LabTwin’s voice-activated digital lab assistant?

I primarily work with cell lines or cells isolated from patients, so most of my experiments are carried out in a sterile environment. Therefore, it sometimes gets difficult to manually document data or note any changes during the workflow. I came across LabTwin during an educational event and was happy to learn about its applications and features for life scientists. It was exactly something I needed, a single app that can help plan, add reminders and streamline digital documentation.


How were you managing lab documentation before LabTwin?

I maintained all my records in a lab book, which comprised handwritten notes, printed pictures and graphs.


Was LabTwin’s digital lab assistant easy to set up? Is the app easy to use?

The installation was quick and easy. Just a wakeup word and the software is ready to take commands and be your digitial lab assistant.


What do you like most about LabTwin?  

The feature I like the most is the smart voice-recognition system that is fluent in scientific terminology. It makes my whole data digitization process seamless.


What benefits has LabTwin’s voice-activated digital lab assistant provided for your research?

It has made the workflow easier and more robust. I don’t need to carry my lab book or printed protocols all the time anymore. I can access and make instant changes to protocols via the app. There is no more need to memorize any changes to SOPs because they can be amended in real time. This has really simplified and structured my workflow.


What kind of work would you say this app is suited for?

LabTwin’s digital lab assistant is best suited for the wet lab environment, where taking notes on paper is difficult while working with hazardous chemicals, in sterile conditions, or doing light-sensitive experiments, just to mention a couple of biotech and molecular biology techniques.


What are your thoughts on LabTwin's impact on research efficiency and reproducibility?

LabTwin enables detailed lab documentation during experiments so it’s easy to track and review any changes or differences in the protocols, which enhances reproducibility. With LabTwin, we can save the time that we used to spend on documentation post-experiments. This indeed improves efficiency.


In your opinion, how will a voice-powered product like LabTwin’s digital assistant change the industry in the long run?

LabTwin will:
1. Improve data transparency
2. Provide easy data access
3. Help develop streamlined and efficient workflows

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