Getting Started in a Lab

There are several things trainees need to do after joining one of the research groups.

  1. Get a UCLA ID and MedNet e-mail account. HR can help with this. Your MedNet login credentials are essential for:
    • Any communication that contains “protected health information” (PHI).
    • Department notices, payroll notices, etc. Check this account regularly.
    • To access the VPN server to connect to data and compute servers from off-campus.
  2. Get a desk (print this name plate). See your PI.
  3. Obtain required keys and door codes. See your PI.
  4. Complete on-line training (HR can provide a temporary ID as needed).
    • HIPAA Training
    • Compliance Quiz
    • C-ICARE
    • Employee Emergency Action Plan Awareness Training
    • MRI Safety Training:
      • Login with your AD account, watch the training videos on MR Safety, and complete the MR safety quiz under “My Account”.
    • Create a profile on, enter your institutional details and complete the following two courses:
      • UCLA HIPAA
      • Human research – Biomedical researchers and staff
    • Email to sign up for the Lab Safety Fundamentals training course. A schedule of classes is available at: You will need to provide the following information on the email:
      • First and Last Name
      • UCLA identification number (9-digit)
      • Email address
      • Phone number
      • Department name
      • Principal Investigator’s (PI) full name
      • Lab address (bldg./rm.): Translational Research Imaging Center (BV-227 in CHS)
      • Lab extension (5-digit): 5-6561
      • Names of training classes
      • Dates requested
    • Print all certificates of completion and return to HR.
  5. Request to be added to the MRRL mailing list-serves via your Office Administrator.
  6. Get yourself added to the IRB database (link), then request that you get added to the appropriate IRB approved studies.
  7. Connect to the LAN and add printers and servers.
  8. Make sure to introduce yourself to the MRI techs!