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The ILIAD Project: A Search for Antibiotics

International Laboratory for the Identification of Antibacterial Drugs(ILIAD) was started because of the lack of time and monetary investment by pharmaceutical companies in antibiotics. The goal is to search the globe for new and naturally occurring antibiotic compounds from plants, insects, bacteria, fungus and other organisms using simple tests.

The class will consist of one part learning and one part performing experiments to test samples. Attendees will be taught about antibiotics and how they work to protect us. We will do some molecular analysis of antibiotics using molecular visualization software to see how they actually work.  The class will then be shown how to test samples for antibacterial activity and will be allowed to test as many samples as they wish.

All materials will be provided except for samples to test, which, can in a pinch be found in the area surrounding the building.

All attendees should read these instructions before attending:

Josiah Zayner, Ph.D.,  Scientist @ NASA
Thom Fraleigh, DIY Biohacker

Bringing a laptop or tablet and camera(cell phone or tablet camera is fine) to document your experiments for The ILIAD project. This is suggested but not required to participate in the class.

This class is open to all ages but attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


$30 Non-Member

$15 Members (if you are a member please email [masked] to register for this class and pay at the door)

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  • Josiah Z.

    Hey Everyone Here are the pictures of you and pictures of the plates:

    Some of the bacteria did not show up well in the photos so I tried to adjust the contrast to see it better. Most of the plates did not have any extract that inhibited growth(look for the halo like in most of the controls). However, one did, Thom tested Piper betle! It worked great. It is a known antimicrobial. We are researching it more now.

    If you know what your samples were, add your experiments on Synbiota. Thanks!

    July 9, 2014

  • Josiah Z.

    Hey everyone, I stopped by Biocurious tonight and the plates still need a little more growth time. Thom even had some really cool results! A first interesting hit perhaps? I will post pictures online tomorrow for you to create an experiment on Synbiota.

    July 7, 2014

  • Thom F.

    Thanks for coming everyone. Can't wait to see how our first batch of plates turns out.

    July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super fun, looking forward to future events for this project!

    July 6, 2014

  • Josiah Z.

    Please, read these instructions before attending. Thanks so much! See you all Sunday.

    July 3, 2014

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