New York City's Community Biolab

Events @ Genspace

Upcoming Events (Friday, July 29 '16 - Saturday, July 29 '17)


Sundays, 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, July 18; August 15; Tuesday, July 19; August 16; Wednesday, July 20; August 17; Thursday, July 21; August 18

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, August 2; Wednesday, July 27

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, July 31 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Non-Toxic B/W Film Processing Using Coffee and Beer

Process your own film using Brooklyn Brewery beer and instant coffee crystals! In this one-day workshop, participants will be given all of the information necessary to mix their own negative processing chemistry using a combination of consumable items from the grocery store. We will go over basic non-toxic processing options, then mix a synthesized solution based on the classic Caffenol (coffee) recipe and a beer processing “soup” developed by a friend of the org (and master chemist) Dagie Brundert. All ingredients, equipment, and safety gear will be provided. 

Sunday, July 31 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Non-Toxic B/W Film Processing

Process your own film using Brooklyn Brewery beer and instant coffee crystals! In this one-day workshop, participants will be given all of the information necessary to mix their own negative processing chemistry using a combination of consumable items from the grocery store. We will go over basic non-toxic processing options, then mix a synthesized solution based on the classic Caffenol (coffee) recipe and a beer processing “soup” developed by a friend of the org (and master chemist) Dagie Brundert. All ingredients, equipment, and safety gear will be provided. 

Sunday, July 31 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Non-Toxic Film Processing Using Coffee and Beer

Process your own film using Brooklyn Brewery beer and instant coffee crystals with MONO NO AWARE! In this one-day workshop, participants will be given all of the information necessary to mix their own negative processing chemistry using a combination of consumable items from the grocery store. 

Saturday, August 6 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Nature as Canvas: Art from Mushrooms and Lichen

Make mushrooms your canvas! Join Genspace and artist Moira Williams for a workshop on etching with mushrooms and lichen. We’ll be converting the panel-sized caps of conk mushrooms (which grow on the sides of trees) as our canvases. And we’ll be using Greenshield lichen to make pigments for printing and painting.

Saturdays, August 6,13,20,27

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!


Wednesday, August 10 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.


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