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  • 1. www.biocurious.org a hackerspace for biotech experiment with friends! Citizen Microbiology Workshop UC Davis, Jan 23-24, 2012 Patrik D’haeseleer patrikd@gmail.com @PatrikD@BioCuriousLab BioCurious.org meetup.com/BioCurious
  • 2. From garage lab to roving meetup to hackerspace• Started as a garage research lab• Has grown into world largest DIYbio meetup, >700 members• Biocurious recently opened a 2400 sq.ft. space in Sunnyvale• Currently BSL-1, soon to be BSL-2• Funded by Kickstarter donations, membership and class fees• Education, Collaboration, Innovat ion
  • 3. Classes at BioCurious• ~2 classes/week; 10-40 people at a time• Winogradsky columns• Build your own Biosphere• GFP expression in E. coli• DNA barcoding• Bioinformatics• PCR• …
  • 4. BioCurious Community Project proposals• Isolate toxin-degrading bacteria• Testing alternative medicine/food supplements• Armpit microbiome (with Quantified Self community)• Kombucha forensics – provenance of starter cultures• Aquarium/aquaponics microbiome• Tracking dandelion dispersal• Fish DNA barcoding (class last week)Constraints:• No BSL-2 yet no env. isolates, human samples• Shoestring budget no large-scale sequencing But we’d love to strike up collaborations!
  • 5. Citizen Science?• Not merely crowdsourcing! You can do citizen science without crowdsourcing, and crowdsourcing without any science (e.g. Mechanical Turk)• Citizens as partners in the scientific process, not merely sample providers• Outreach and education• “On the job” training (e.g. “expert” Foldit players)• Access to data• Engage in analysis of the results• Acknowledge key contributions (e.g. Hanny’s Voorwerp)
  • 6. www.biocurious.org a hackerspace for biotech experiment with friends! Citizen Microbiology Workshop UC Davis, Jan 23-24, 2012 Patrik D’haeseleer patrikd@gmail.com @PatrikD@BioCuriousLab BioCurious.org meetup.com/BioCurious