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SYNBIO SUMMER CAMPS

Ready to get your hands on real science equipment? We’ve got the class for you. Learn all about how to genetically modify bacteria to take it from plain white to vibrant colors.

Students will dive in to lab work and not only become proficient in basic lab skills but learn cutting edge techniques. You 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 build your own genetic creations and have the confidence to start your own research.

Who: Middle and high school students

When

  • Camp A: Mon-Fri, Noon to 4pm, June 19-30 THIS CAMP IS FILLED
  • Camp B: Mon-Fri, Noon to 4pm, July 10-21

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

Cost: $800 per student, all materials included

Instructor: Dr. Cory Tobin, PhD Biology from Caltech

Contact Melissa (melissa@thel4b.com) for additional information.

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Make Your Own GMO

We all are familiar with the term GMO but what does it really mean?

In this 1 day lab class learn what GMO means to a biologist.  How does the FDA define GMO and what does that mean has happened to an organism?

Then actually get in the lab and make your own genetically modified organism.  You will start with a harmless research strain of E. coli bacteria.  Using a technique called bacterial transformation you will cause the E. coli to incorporate a sequence of DNA from ocean coral.  Afterwards you will see that the bacteria are now producing brightly colored pigments.

Who: Anyone, no prior experience is required. Students over 10 years old are welcome.

When: Stay tuned for upcoming classes.

Where: TheLab, 1340 E 6th Street Unit 603, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Cost: $75

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

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INTRO TO SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY COURSE

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.

Who: Anyone ready to learn.  Students under 13 please contact us to determine if you are ready for this class.

When: Saturdays 1-4 pm, May 6th- July 22nd (No worries if you need to miss a class)

This class has already started.  If you are a middle school or high school student, please see our SynBio Summer Camp options.  If you are interested in participating in this class on a future date please email Melissa@THEL4B.com about your interest and availability.

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

Cost: $800 per participant.  All materials included

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

Contact Melissa (melissa@thel4b.com) for additional information and to register for the course


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PETRI PAINT WORKSHOPS

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 petri dish canvas will appear blank but over 48 hours (in an incubator) or 1 week (at room temperature) the bacterial 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.

When: Stay tuned for upcoming classes. Visit Petri-paint.com to get your at home kit.

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

Cost: $20 per participant. (Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Parents or guardians do not need to pay for the class unless they also want to participate.)

Instructor: Dr. Cory Tobin, PhD Biology from Caltech.  Melissa Draeger, VP Operations for TheLab.

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 Melissa@thel4b.com.

Please email Melissa at Melissa@thel4b.com with any questions.

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SUNDAY SOCIALS

Are you curious about TheLab?

Want to know what we are doing and if you can get involved?

Come visit us during our Sunday Socials.  Arrive anytime and stay as long as you would like.  You will get to tour our lab, ask us questions about what TheLab is all about and talk science.

If you have a personal project you want to begin researching we can help you understand our membership options.

Students are always welcome in our lab.  We have an ever expanding youth scientist program for middle school and high school students working on science fair projects and personal research.

Who: Anyone curious about TheLab.  (Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)

When: Stay tuned for our next Social.  If you are interested in visiting TheLab please email Melissa (Melissa@THEL4B.com) to schedule an appointment. 

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

Cost: FREE


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