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+)See all
- Synthetic Biology, Biohacking and Cheese - Real Vegan Cheese Admin MeetingLink visible for attendees
The Real Vegan Cheese (https://realvegancheese.org/) project is an award-winning collaboration between BioCurious and our sister lab Counter Culture Labs (http://counterculturelabs.org/) in Oakland, to make real cheese without using any animals!
Real Vegan Cheese is a grassroots, non-profit research project working to produce real cheese using cellular agriculture. We add the genes for cheese proteins to yeast and other microflora, and turn them into little protein factories, then make real cheese by adding plant-based fats and sugars. Real Vegan Cheese is not a cheese substitute -- the cheesemaking process is just like using cow or goat milk! We are dedicated to Open Science and making sure the results of our research are available to the global community to enable a sustainable animal-free dairy industry.
We alternate Admin and Science meetups every other week. This week will be an Admin meeting, so expect to talk about website design, business plans, improving our outreach efforts on social media, and more. Want more science instead, then join us next week.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all public meetings are shifting to ONLINE-ONLY. Please sign in on Meetup to see the Zoom connection info.
- Kombucha Genomics Community ProjectLink visible for attendees
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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha) is a fermented tea with a very complex symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCOBY), composed of dozens of different species. It's a health food; it's a tasty fizzy caffeinated beverage; it even makes vegan leather (http://www.ecouterre.com/u-k-designer-grows-an-entire-wardrobe-from-tea-fermenting-bacteria/) - what's not to like!
We run this project in collaboration with our friends at Counter Culture Labs and other community labs around the world. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all BioCurious public meetings are shifting to ONLINE-ONLY. Please sign up for this free event on Meetup to see the Zoom connection info.
- Bioprinter Community Project NightLink visible for 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.
- Molluscan Mysteries - studying Oysters and CuttlefishLink visible for attendees
First Friday at 7:00pm online
Molluscan Mysteries: We aim to create the first immortalized cell line from a marine mollusk, namely Magallana gigas (syn. Crassostrea), the Pacific oyster. Our plan is to use CRISPR/Cas9 to edit the genes of oyster heart cells, knocking out p53 and Pten, two genes crucial to the regulation of the cell cycle. The loss of these tumor suppressor genes may allow the altered oyster heart cells to divide indefinitely in vitro. Accomplishing this will require us to learn a variety of laboratory skills and methods, including PCR, cell culture, electroporation, lipofection, cloning, and more!
THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT IS OPEN TO: all interested community members. Attendees must be middle school aged or older.
If you have experience with tissue culture, CRISPR/Cas9 transfection, marine biology, or general molecular biology, we’d love to talk to you!