Hi everyone, I'm an undergrad freshman in my first quarter. I have started research and it's really exciting, but everything is starting off very slowly right now. I've learned agarose gel electrophoresis, pcr, qpcr, bca assay, western blot, cell culture, and a bit of flow cytometry. There is a post-doc that teaches me, but many times he's busy so I sit in my own desk and either study the concepts I was taught in lab or my coursework. It's awkward sometimes because I go into the lab and not really learn anything new. I spend about 6 hours in the lab per week (although I plan to increase that when I get more involved), and I'm not doing anything by myself at the moment. Is it normal to be starting off slowly in the lab like this, or should I be more involved by now? I have no prior lab experience and don't know what to expect. Thanks!