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Upcoming Events (Tuesday, January 17 '17 - Wednesday, January 17 '18)


Sundays, January 8,15,22; February 5,12,19; March 5,12,19

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, January 9; February 13; March 13

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.

Tuesday, January 24; Wednesday, January 18

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. 


Saturday, January 21 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 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. 

Monday, January 23; February 20; March 20; Tuesday, January 24; February 21; March 21; Wednesday, January 25; February 22; March 22; Thursday, January 26; February 23; March 23

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, January 28 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Biotextiles: grow your own materials for fashion design

Our Biotextiles course is a perfect introduction to the latest breakthroughs in fashion and biology and a great way to learn how to start growing your own materials and garments. Participants will work hands-on in the lab to grow individual textile samples, then learn how to print and dye them with bioengineered and naturally colored bacteria.

Friday, February 3 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Create a Microbial Masterpiece for ASM’s Agar Art 2017 Contest!

Ever wanted to paint with life? SVA is proud to offer you access to the American Society for Microbiology’s Agar Art contest. Create your own work of art using microbes as “paint” and agar as a “canvas.”  No experience necessary! In this two part, hands-on workshop, you will create your own Agar Art using live microbes. Photos of the Agar Art created in this workshop are eligible to enter the American Society of Microbiology contest. Media outlets in 12 countries, from Discovery to BBC News to The Huffington Post, featured coverage of the previous competitions and its winners. In addition, participants can win up to $485-worth of prizes.

Monday, March 6; Tuesday, March 7; Wednesdays, March 8,15; Saturdays, February 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 intensive laboratory class is for you!

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