New York City's Community Biolab

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Upcoming Events (Monday, May 30 '16 - Tuesday, May 30 '17)


Sundays, April 10,17,24; May 8,15,22; July 10,17,24; August 7,14,21

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Biotechnology Crash Course

A great course that teaches you the basic techniques. Very similar to the Biohacker Boot Camp, but a more relaxed pace. If you've ever wanted to do a little biotech project of your own, or if you're just curious about what those guys do in the lab every day, this is the best course to start with. Isolate your own DNA and analyze it, make bacteria glow, and unleash your inner mad scientist in this hands-on course.


Monday, May 23; June 20; July 18; Tuesday, May 24; June 21; July 19; Wednesday, May 25; June 22; July 20; Thursday, May 26; June 23; July 21

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Biohacker Boot Camp

Boot Camp for biohackers! An intensive hands-on week that covers all the lab skills you need to start your own genomics or genetic engineering project.


Tuesday, May 24; Wednesday, June 1

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

CRISPR Workshop: Beyond the Hype

Are you interested in using the latest breakthrough technology in gene modification, CRISPR-Cas9, in your projects? In this no-nonsense introductory workshop you will learn about all of the recent technical advances of this system, including Cas9 variants and how to design optimal guide RNA sequences and targeting constructs for homologous recombination using online resources to help plan your experiments. You will leave with a well-designed sequence for a guide RNA of your own choosing, ready to send out for synthesis. We’ll also dive into the societal implications surrounding the widespread adaptation of this system and the controversies involving the use of gene drives in organisms that will be released into the environment. 


Sunday, June 5; Monday, June 6; Thursday, June 2

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Invasion Ecology: Turning Weeds into Watercolors

Join acclaimed artist and Brown University art instructor Ellie Irons for a tour of the wild world of Brooklyn weeds. In this course, we’ll learn the histories of these plants, how they found their ecological niches in New York, and their other unusual qualities. You will learn how to turn weeds into watercolors and even take home your own artisanal paint and field guide.

Saturdays, June 4,11,18,25

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

Want to learn how to do hands-on genome editing? This is intensive laboratory class is for you!


Thursday, June 9 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Social Life of DNA with Alondra Nelson

We know DNA is a master key that unlocks medical and forensic secrets, but its genealogical life is both revelatory and endlessly fascinating. In The Social Life of DNA, Alondra Nelson takes us on an unprecedented journey into how the double helix has wound its way into the heart of the most urgent contemporary social issues around race.

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