Intro to Synthetic Biology (12 Week Course)

Saturdays 1-4pm, May 6th- July 22nd

Have you ever been interested in biology but never had the chance to do your own research?  Have you wondered how exactly genetic engineering is done in a laboratory?  Join us in this twelve week (12 day) crash course to synthetic biology where you will get hands on lab experience with genetic engineering. Each day you will learn and practice new skills, working towards the goal of modifying a lab strain of E. coli to produce colorful pigments.

Participants will first learn about computer-aided genetic modelling and design their own DNA assembly.  Then they will dive in to lab work and not only become proficient in basic lab work but learn cutting edge techniques.  Participants will cut and paste DNA using modern genetic engineering methods – the same methods used by academic and industrial scientists around the world.  By the end of the class you will be able to design and execute your own genetic creations.

Some of the specific skills you will master:
– Pipetting
– Precision measuring
– Sterile technique
– Bacterial transformations
– Minipreps
– Gel electrophoresis
– Restriction digests
– Bacteria culturing

No prior lab experience is necessary.  Some basic knowledge of biology would be helpful but will not be assumed.  By the end of the class you will have gained the skill set and confidence to pursue your own synthetic biology research.

Instructor: Dr. Cory Tobin has a PhD in biology from Caltech and years of experience with genetic engineering techniques.

When: Saturdays 1-4 pm, May 6th- July 22nd

Where: TheLab, 1340 E 6th St #603, Los Angeles, CA, 90021

Cost: $800 per participant.  All materials included

Contact Melissa ( for additional information and to register for the course.

Petri Paint Class ~ Painting with Living Bacteria

Saturday April 1st, 2017 from 1-3pm

Using a harmless research strain of bacteria TheLab has developed a collection of colorful bacteria allowing us to create living bio art.  During this class you will learn how we genetically modified bacteria to express color pigments, some which are vibrantly fluorescent.  Then try your hand at bio art.  At first your canvas will appear blank but over 48 hours the bacteria colonies will multiply by millions and your art will come to life.

Who: This class is open to anyone 6 years or older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  There is no prior knowledge required and all supplies will be provided.

Cost: $20 per participant. Please RSVP on our meet up page here.

Your art will take about 48 hours to develop in the incubators at TheLab or up to a week if left at room temperature.  Participants have the option to take their art home following the event or leave their art in our incubators and return another day to pick up their art.

If you have a group 6 or more and would like to schedule a private class please email Melissa at

Please email Melissa at with any questions.


Join us to check out the lab, mingle with existing
members and newcomers, and learn about our current and upcoming projects.  If you have always wanted to do your own independent research learn about how to become a member and start your Socials are open to anyone including children accompanied by a parent.   We happily welcome students interested in starting a personal research project or science fair project. These are free events but we ask that you please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

  • Sunday April 2nd

Where: TheLab in downtown LA
1340 E 6th Street #603, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Sunday April 2nd, from 1-4pm
Please RSVP through our meet up page.


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