Fermentation Workshop in La Jolla

Fermentation is the original biotechnology. At the Wet Lab’s most recent workshop, families at the La Jolla Library learned how yeast convert sugars into carbon dioxide gas and ethanol with fun, hands-on experiments. We started by making “yeast balls” where the yeast cells are embedded in an alginate matrix. The yeast were then exposed to solutions with or without glucose, and the progress of the chemical reaction was monitored with a pH indicator. We also used the Wet Lab’s portable microscopes to observe our yeast and the micro-organisms that make kombucha.

Under the microscope at STEAM Maker Fest

The Wet Lab joined BioEasi for a fun data of science and education at San Diego’s STEAM Maker Fest at Del Mar Fairgrounds. With our portable LED microscopes, kids were able to examine bacteria and fungus under the microscope while learning about beneficial micro-organisms in our food and environment. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.

CRISPR Design Workshop at the Library

Thank you to everyone who came to our CRISPR design workshop at the La Jolla Library. Participants learned how to access DNA sequences on NCBI, manipulate and analyze sequences on Benchling and design CRISPR guide RNAs to correct a pathogenic mutation in the human genome. Follow the protocol here to do it on your own!

Journal Club is Back!

Welcome back to journal club everyone! Members of the Wet Lab met last week at Cafe Bassam- Christoph from SpaceBio discussed the biology of organisms in space and the implications for travel to other planets. We also reviewed a recent paper on protein structure and the early history of life. Check this site for upcoming opportunities to participate in (or lead) future journal clubs.

Science Lecture and Art at the Public Library

Friends of the Wet Lab attending the Citizen Science Lecture at the Downtown Central Library got to see something unusual and inspiring. Dr. Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk shared her research on the molecular basis of glaucoma and a series of paintings beautifully depicting the neuronal structure of the eye.

These painting are part of the Visions art project, a collaboration between Dr. Skowronska-Krawczyk and an artist, Eva Henry. Click here to view the gallery and learn more about Visions.

The Wet Lab is looking for new lab space

The Wet Lab is looking for new laboratory space in San Diego to accommodate our developing research needs and goals. Our space will need to be at least 500 sq. ft. have a sink, power outlets, and fire sprinklers.

Please contact us if you are interested in a partnership of shared space, a sponsorship, or have a space to rent that we could use to further community science and education.

If you are a local scientist interested in using a shared lab space to advance your own research, please take a minute to fill out our lab space survey so we can understand the needs of our community.