New York City's Community Biolab

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Upcoming Events (Tuesday, May 24 '16 - Wednesday, May 24 '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. 


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; 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!


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

Learn to Make Kombucha

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! 



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