Glassware Core


The Glassware Core provides glassware washing and sterilization of all types of glassware and pipettes. The facility maintains a stock glassware in a common storage area. Glassware personnel collect glassware from laboratories daily and cabinets are replenished regularly. Autoclaving of materials is offered on a daily basis. The core can accommodate any special requests.

The Glassware Core maintains a stock of all types of sterile laboratory glassware and pipettes in the common storage area. This facility provides glass washing and sterilization to all investigators within the Lerner Research Institute.


Carmel M. Burns

Carmel M. Burns
Manager, Glassware Core
Manager, Cell Services Core
Phone:(216) 444-5814
[email protected]

Elizabeth  Harmon

Elizabeth Harmon
Shared Lab Resource Assistant III
Phone:(216) 445-0542
[email protected]

Thomas  Hicks

Thomas Hicks
Shared Lab Resource Assistant III
Phone:(216) 445-0542
[email protected]

Renay  Jones

Renay Jones
Shared Lab Resource Assistant I
[email protected]

Daniel  Kilroy

Daniel Kilroy
Shared Lab Resource Assistant I
[email protected]

Jada  Salsgiver

Jada Salsgiver
Shared Lab Resource Assistant I
[email protected]

Dora  Simms

Dora Simms
Shared Lab Resource Assistant III
Phone:(216) 445-0542
[email protected]


Biohazard Waste Processing
Live or contagious waste can be decontaminated by the autoclave process before disposal; this service is available through the Glassware Core.

Glassware Services

  • Collection of glassware from labs daily
  • Storage of sterile glassware
  • Daily delivery and stocking of glassware in lab areas

  • Quarterly Testing of DI Water
    DI water from throughout the Lerner Research Institute complex is tested for Endotoxins on a quarterly basis. Results are available in NB1-15.

    Sterilization and Autoclaving

    • Washing and sterilization of all types of glassware
    • Sterile pipettes and pasteurs
    • Autoclaving of liquids and dry materials
    • Washing and sterilization of special glassware
    • Sterile tips and custom tips available
    • Sterile DI water


    • Beakers - Glass: 75ml, 100ml, 175ml, 275ml, 400ml, 600ml, 1L, and 2L
    • Beakers - Plastic: 75ml, 200ml, 400ml, 1L, 2L, and 4L
    • Flasks - Glass: 75ml, 125ml, 275ml, 750ml, 1L, 2L, and 4L
    • Cylinders - Glass: 75ml, 100ml, 275ml, 750ml, 1L, and 2L
    • Cylinders - Plastic: 75ml, 100ml, 275ml, 750ml, 1L, and 2L
    • Bottles - Glass: 125ml, 275ml, 750ml, 1L, and 2L
    • Funnels - Plastic: 6", 8"
    • Pipettes - Glass: 1ml, 2ml, 5ml, 10ml, and 25ml
    • Pasteur Pipettes - Glass: 53/4", 9"

    All glassware is baked at 180°C for 8 hours or autoclaved at 121°C for sterilization. Biological indicators are used for every load.

    The Amsco Reliance 444 from Steris Corporation is a mechanical washer/disinfector. The washer/disinfector is designed with seven adjustable cycles: instruments, gentle, utensils, glassware, plastic goods, anesthesia/respiratory goods and decontamination. The glassware core has four Reliance 444s connected by an Automated Transport System (A.T.S) The ATS is capable of pushing and pulling the washer baskets automatically on to and off of the washer load tables.

    The Finn-Aqua Steam Sterilizer or Autoclave is a steam-jacketed sterilizer designed to process a variety of loads using saturated steam under pressure and mechanical or gravity air removal principles. The unit is equipped with a fully-programmable microcomputer control system. The sterilizer is able to process cycles for sterilizing hard goods, lightly wrapped porous loads and liquid loads in vented containers.

    Procedures & Quality Control

    Glassware Sterility Procedures - LRI/BME/GMI/NC/NN

    All glassware provided and stocked by Glass Wash Services in the cabinets and shelves, on the floors of the Lerner Research Institute and outside the Glass Wash Service areas in NB1 are sterile. There is no need to re-sterilize the glassware in these areas. Please see the sterility procedures posted in the autoclave rooms on the various floors and outside the Media Lab NB1-15 for sterilizing procedures. Please contact Carmel Burns at 216.444.5814 or [email protected] if you have further questions.

    Quality Control

    All glassware is either baked at 180°C for 8 hours or autoclaved at 121°C to ensure sterilization has been reached. In addition to this, biological indicators and steam strips are used for each autoclaved load. Dry heat indicators are used in the hot air ovens. All glassware is thoroughly inspected before stocking in the common glassware area.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How is the glassware sterilized?
    All glassware is either baked at 180°C for 8 hours or autoclaved at 121°C to ensure proper sterility.

    What size pipettes do you carry?
    The core has 1ml, 2ml, 5ml, 10ml, and 25ml plugged glass pipettes. In addition the core supplies 5 3/4 '' and 9'' Pasteur's pipettes.

    What type of detergent is used for washing glassware?
    The core uses a pharmaceutical grade detergent that is phosphate free, inorganic in nature, and low foaming from Steris Corporation.

    How often is the Millipore system cleaned?
    The millipore unit UF cartridge is sanitized once a month.

    What services do you offer?
    The Core offers glassware collection from in-house labs, stocking of cabinets with clean and sterile items, autoclaving, washing special glassware, biohazard waste and sterile pipette tips.

    Where is the Glassware Core located?
    The glassware core is located in NB1-20 (Washing and Autoclaving) and NB1-18 (Glassware Storage).

    What steps must I take to use your glassware or special services?
    Contact the Glassware Core supervisor, Carmel Burns at 216.444.5814 or [email protected].

    If a specific piece of glassware is needed but not provided on the floor where can it be found?
    Check in the glassware storage room located in NB1-18 or check with the Glassware Core supervisor,Carmel Burns at 216.444.5814 or [email protected].

    I have special glassware requests- who do I contact?
    Please email your request to the Glassware Core supervisor, Carmel Burns at [email protected]

    Glassware Core

  • Glassware Core:
    (216) 445-0542
  • Email:
    [email protected]
  • Address:
    9500 Euclid Ave, NB1-20
    Cleveland, OH 44195
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