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Labguru

Research and Lab Organizer


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Published 03/05/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Labguru is a tool intended for scientists and researchers. The application is essentially a project planning tool intended for the lab. Users can set up experiments and research projects and break them down into milestones. Users can manage tasks and add them to a calendar to keep the project on schedule and within any required deadlines. All tasks, experiments and events can be stored in one place. Users can also alter the direction of their projects based on experiment results as they work. Labguru lets users store copies of their research documents and protocols online. Each document can be linked to a specific experiment or project so the user can find them easily later. The application boasts bank-level security to keep the user’s work private.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Labguru was created by Jonathan Gross and is currently a product of BioData. The application was developed based on the experiences of Gross. After encountering the challenges of managing a research group, Gross established BioData in 2007. Labguru hasn’t been widely discussed, but that could be due to its somewhat specialized audience. The application works for anyone who deals with projects and research in a laboratory setting on a regular basis.

What are the differences to other apps?

Labguru is a very specialized application because it caters entirely to users who work in a laboratory. Experts, teams and students can handle projects and experiments through the application. Data can be stored and kept safe from unauthorized eyes. The application has incorporated many project planning tools found in general project management applications (such as calendars, tasks and milestones) but tailored them to the needs and demands of a laboratory.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Labguru utilizes a clean, organized layout that gives the user a space that is easy to work with. Calendars are built in so users can schedule events and milestones and easily see what’s due or fast approaching at a glance. The application keeps the color scheme low key, with hints of light grey and green throughout. This design works well because the application is intended as a research tool and really needs to be user friendly and present no distractions.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can sign up for a Labguru account right on the homepage. A short form is presented along the right side and asks for a first and last name, lab name and email address. The second part of the form asks for the first and last name of the principal investigator, university name, the user’s role, phone number, primary field and secondary field. Next, the user is asked for a title and research description or question for their first project. The user can add milestones before the site directs them to their account dashboard.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can create a Labguru account for free. The site does not charge anything for its services when it is accessed for personal use. Users can set up projects, manage milestones and experiments, save documents and utilize all other features. All users receive the same level of access. Educators, students, researchers and anyone else can sign up and begin using Labguru at no cost. The application stores data and documents that are accessible anytime from anywhere with an internet connection.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Labguru is designed specifically for anyone who handles research projects or experiments in a laboratory setting. The application supplies handy project management tools, calendars and other features that can streamline the experiment and research process. The application is easy to understand and lets users store their documents in one place. Documents can be linked to projects and experiments so everything stays as organized as possible. The free access makes Labguru appealing to students and anyone researching on a tight budget.

  • All users can sign up for a free personal account
  • Calendars let users plan their experiments and other events
  • Documents can be uploaded and linked to experiments
  • Data is protected by bank-level security measures
  • Project and research progress can be viewed at a glance


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