Come help us build a new community lab for the East Bay, focused on citizen science. A place to explore, learn, work on fun projects, tinker with biology and other sciences. Open to biotech professionals, scientists, and citizen scientists of all stripes. Be part of our community of creative thinkers, hackers and mad scientists!
Come help us work on our next big fundraising push. Let's talk kickstarter, indiegogo, press releases, budgets, etc...
If you are new to the project and just want to check us out, you may want to come to our 7pm meeting every other Monday instead.
• What we'll do
This is Counter Cultures Labs's biweekly meetup to talk about and work on robotics for biohacking.
Our current main project is rehabilitating CCL's custom OpenTrons liquid handling robot. This unit is the largest OpenTrons robot in the world, and was built to pipette liquids, run PCR, and even pick colonies from plates using machine vision! Unfortunately, there were a few bumps along the road when it was donated to the lab, and now it needs a little TLC before it's back in action. There's plenty to do for both hardware and software - and since it's a custom robot, if we can figure out how to rig up a new feature, there's no reason we can't make the robot do it.
This is an ongoing project, so most meetups we jump in and work hands-on with the robot right away. Still, we absolutely welcome people new to the project, and people new to robotics and/or biology in general. It's fun!
Our Trello board for ongoing work is here: https://trello.com/b/FKrqcKTU/cll-liquid-handling-robot
Our Github is here: https://github.com/cclrobotics
• What to bring
Enthusiasm for robots.
• Important to know
This isn't a super formal meeting, so feel free to arrive late or leave early if you have another obligation.
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 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 https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked] . Or to call in by phone, dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked]