What we're about
We believe that innovations in biology should be
accessible, affordable, and open to everyone.
We’re building a community biology lab for
amateurs, inventors, entrepreneurs,
and anyone who wants to
experiment with friends.
Welcome to BioCurious
Visit the BioCurious homepage
BioCurious Community Lab
Opened in Sunnyvale, CA; Fall 2011! and in 2017 we moved to Santa Clara.
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Our successful Kickstarter campaign ( http://biocurious.org/kickstarter ) brought together volunteers and other biology enthusiasts eager to create a community lab, and they helped us raise over $35,000.
We are a 6700 sq. ft. facility in the heart of Silicon Valley. Come join us and see the next big thing to start in a Silicon Valley garage.
a complete working laboratory and technical library
for entrepreneurs to cheaply access
equipment, materials, and co-working space
a training center for biotechniques, with an emphasis on safety
a meeting place for citizen scientists, hobbyists,
activists, and students
Science is all around us. Many find a love for it at an early age, but few continue to learn after leaving educational institutions. For those who continue to seek to know, there is BioCurious. Curious about biology? Come to a meetup to find other like-minded folk!
BioCurious is a completely volunteer run non-profit organization. We serve the community by providing lab space and classes to members and the community.
There are plenty of ways to get involved:
become a member
teach a class
take a class
donate your time, money
change the world
Upcoming events (4+)
This will be a monthly short meetup to discuss, research, and write grants for BioCurious and the community projects hosted at BioCurious. We will be looking for volunteers to help with these efforts who want to learn more about how the grant process works.
- Maria C.
- Avi L.
- 3 attendees
This community project will use CRISPR to edit the DNA of human cell lines. We will meet every week on Thursday at 7 PM. During the first meeting, we will identify which gene we want to knock out and identify the appropriate cell line to make the knockout. In subsequent weeks, we will make CRISPR guide RNAs, clone them into a mammalian expression vector, and then transfect CAS9 with the guide RNA into human cells. The cell lines we generate will be open source and available for any community lab or project.
You do not need any prior experience or knowledge to join. This community project will primarily take place in the laboratory. You must wear close-toed shoes to go into the lab.
- Adarsh N.
- Eric E.
- Tanish R.
- 27 attendees
Come join our ongoing BioPrinter community project!
Did you know you can print live cells from an inkjet printer? Companies like Organovo are developing ways to 3D print human tissues and organs. But the basic technologies are so accessible that we wanted to play around with them ourselves.
We've built our own functioning bioprinter from a couple of old CD drives, an inkjet cartridge, and an Arduino. We probably won't be printing human organs any time soon, but how about printing a leaf from plant cells? Or add a BlueRay laser to turn it into a miniature laser cutter to print "lab-on-a-chip" microfluidic devices. The possibilities are endless - it all depends where you want to take it!
Our community projects are open to anyone, and are driven entirely by whoever wants to show up and participate. This is a great opportunity to come check out BioCurious, and jump into some of the projects going on.
This project has something for everyone, whether it's hardware hacking. programming, Arduinos, microfluidics, synthetic biology, plant biology, cell culturing, tissue engineering - you name it! Everyone has something to learn, or something to teach.
Check out the progress we've made so far in our BioPrinter instructable:
We'll try to give a brief intro to the project at the start of the meeting for any new visitors. This is a hacking meeting, so bring your favorite tools: laptop, camera, soldering iron etc. Younger kids must be accompanied by an adult, thanks.
- Maria C.
- 2 attendees
Every other Friday at 7:00pm online
Meetings will be hosted ONLINE
Molluscan Mysteries: Began as studying the RNA Editing capabilities of the dwarf cuttlefish along with their basic biology and has now grown to a study of oysters.
This is an ongoing meeting of a group of citizen scientists that aim to dive deep into the genome of Sepia bandensis (dwarf cuttlefish). Our plan is to perform genome and transcriptome analysis of this species, ultimately leading to the identification of highly edited RNA transcripts. We hope to leave with a clear picture of experimental design but we hope to find a correlation between changing environmental conditions and RNA editing capabilities. For added fun, the edited proteins can be expressed and analyzed for structure and function!
In addition to studing the genome of the cuttlefish, we are exploring their basic biology and how to create cell lines.
THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT IS OPEN TO: all community members seeking to dive deep into genome/transcriptome analysis. Attendees must be middle school aged or older.
If you have bioinformatics or cuttle wranglin' experience or experience setting up and managing a reef tank, your participation would be greatly valued!
- Maria C.
- Corey L.
- 2 attendees
Past events (2,466)
- Maria C.
- Anna (.
- Esther L.
- 7 attendees