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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 six week (6 Sundays) 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.

When: 

Summer 2018 Session ~ Sundays from 3:30-7:30pm

  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 1
  • July 8
  • July 15
  • July 22

Where: TheLab, 1927 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90033

Cost: $600 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 or if you have any questions.


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In this 3 week class you will get into the lab to learn about your own DNA.  After collecting your DNA sample from your mouth you will do a purification.  Then you will use PCR to amplify a selected region of your DNA to allow us to study a taste receptor that detects bitter flavors.  Interestingly this receptor is only turned on in some individuals.

You will also process your sample for DNA sequencing.  In the last day of the class you will analyze your sequencing results using computer programs.  After you understand how DNA sequencing works we will discuss how variations in DNA sequences lead to observable characteristics.  The final portion of this class will focus on learning how to interpret 23andMe data.

Some of the specific skills you will master:

  • Pipetting
  • DNA Purification
  • Sterile techniques
  • PCR
  • PCR Purification
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • DNA Sequencing

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.

When: 

Summer 2018 Session ~ Sundays from 10am- 2pm

  • June 24
  • July 1
  • July 8

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Where: TheLab, 1927 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90033

Cost: $300 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 or if you have any questions.

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 upcoming socials.  If you would like to visit TheLab please email Melissa@THEL4B.com to schedule an appointment.

Where: TheLab, 1927 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Cost: FREE


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