New York City's Community Biolab

Events @ Genspace

Upcoming Events (Wednesday, May 4 '16 - Thursday, May 4 '17)

Monday, February 8; March 7; April 11; May 16

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Open Night: PCR & Pizza

Drop by for Pizza and learn PCR. Or just hang out! All are welcome.

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.

Saturday, May 7 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Bioinformatics Workshop

We are increasingly aware of the invisible and ubiquitous microbial component of our lives – in and on our bodies, in our environment. But, how do you actually measure that? What if you wanted to find out what bacteria are living around you? In this workshop we will learn the methods for identifying microbial species with DNA sequencing data.

Saturday, May 7 - 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

Want to learn how to do hands-on genome editing? We'll teach you to knock out and knock in genes in yeast using CRISPR-Cas9. This is an intensive laboratory class with limited space. Class size is limited to ten slots. 

Tuesday, May 24; Wednesday, May 11; 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. 

Thursday, May 12 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Biology and Chemistry of Color

Discover the amazing biology of color and explore how nature harnesses the light. Dr. Ania Fryszkowska will take you over the bio-rainbow and reveal the fascinating chemical structures behind reds, blues and greens. You will learn about the biological pathways to make color molecules such as tomato red or indigo to dye your jeans. We will show you how we can use biology and chemistry to make our life more colorful: from natural pigments to diagnostic devices.

Saturday, May 21 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Your Body Electric - DIY Electromyography Workshop

You know that your muscles work because your nervous system sends them signals, but have you ever seen them produce electricity? Using Backyard Brains' Arduino Shield, we will show you how to visualize your own body's amazing communication system with accessible DIY technology – no doctor’s office, no fancy university lab needed!

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.

Saturday, May 28 - 11:59 AM to 1:59 PM

The Science of Fermentation: Making Sauerkraut

In this course we will cover the basic science behind making sauerkraut, why it’s good for you, and we’ll teach you how to make it yourself. If you are interested in Old World food preservation, gut health, or fermentation in general, this is the class for you! 

Sunday, June 5 - 11:59 AM to 1:59 PM

The Science of Fermentation: Making Herbal Sodas

Join us to learn how to make your own fizzy herbal sodas, talk about the science behind them, and why they are good 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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