Past Meetup

Kombucha Genomics project

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Counter Culture Labs, at the Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Avenue · Oakland, CA

How to find us

Ring doorbell top right at corner door if closed. CCL is in the back of the building.

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Welcome to our new community project: Kombucha Genomics! For all you fermented foods lovers out there, this is the project for you. Over the course of the next couple months, we'll go through all the steps to isolate and identify a variety of bacterial and yeast strains from kombucha or other fermented foods (bring your own), starting with the basic culturing and progressing all the way through DNA barcoding, genome and microbiome sequencing, systems biology, synthetic biology, and more!

Kombucha ( is a fermented tea with a very complex symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) (, composed of dozens of different species. It's a health food; it's a tasty fizzy caffeinated beverage; it even makes vegan leather ( - what's not to like!

We are also running a series of Lab Skills 101 classes on Saturday mornings to tie into this project (and allow folks from other time zones to call in!). We hope to run this project in collaboration with our friends at BioCurious and other community labs around the world. You can join us remotely over Zoom at Or, go to and enter meeting ID:[masked] . Or to call in by phone, dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked]