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About Us

Genspace was founded in 2009 by a group of enthusiasts who share one thing in common: a passion for biology. We come from different professions—artists, engineers, writers, biologists—but we all collaborate, learn and “do” biology together. Unlike traditional institutions, we see our diversity of backgrounds as our strength. It gives us our unique perspective to both teach and innovate.

In the summer of 2010, we built the first-ever community laboratory, a facility where we design workshops, train students and innovate new technologies. To see what projects Genspace scientitst are involved in, check out our PROJECTS page.

We have a dual mission
We educate about science, particularly biotechnology. The best way to inform dialogue about the many critical issues facing 21st century science is to have as many people as possible understand it from a hands-on perspective. Communication is clearer when done peer to peer. Instead of lectures, all of our workshops are hands-on and collaborative. We educate through discussion and teamwork.

We also innovate. Think of Genspace as a nursery for biotech entrepreneurs. As membership-based community lab, we offer New Yorkers the opportunity to work on their own projects in a safe, open community. Our scientists will teach you the fundamentals of engineering biology and train you on our professional-grade equipment in our Biosafety Level One facility.

Advisory Board
The advisory board reviews all projects to recommend whether they are appropriate for a Biosafety Level One environment, adhere to NIH recombinant DNA guidelines, and minimize the use of hazardous reagents such as flammables.

Dana Perkins, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor, Policy & Planning, with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Claudia Mickelson, Ph.D., Deputy Director of MIT Environmental Health & Safety Office, former Chairperson of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC)

Founders

Dr.Ellen Jorgensen
Daniel Grushkin
Russell Durrett
Sung won Lim
Dr.Oliver Medvedik
Nurit Bar-Shai

Officers

President: Ellen Jorgensen, Ph.D. ellenjoergensen@genspace.org
Vice-President: Daniel Grushkin dgrushkin@genspace.org
Director of Scientific Program Development: Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D. oliver@genspace.org
Executive Secretary: Russell Durrett russell@genspace.org
Treasurer: Chetan Tarelekar chetan@genspace.org
Skunkworks chief: Sung won Lim sung@genspace.org