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-organis...   [read more]

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....   [read more]

Future of healthcare discussion, keynote by neuroscience entrepreneur

Future of healthcare discussion, led by neuroscience entrepreneur Philip Low and other San Diego biotech and business leaders on Oct 25th, in North County.

Registration details here, organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum, San Diego....   [read more]

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....   [read more]

Derek Schaeffer

Derek is the co-founder and President of The Wet Lab and organizes its monthly Open Bioinformatics Study Group.  He has been working with startup companies since 2011, and hopes to build San Diego its first dedicated community space for bio-hacking.  Derek is a co-organizer for the San Diego Python Users Group and the San Diego Open Bioinformatics Group (in partnership with the Wet Lab).  He is an advocate for open source software and the democratization of scientific research....   [read more]

Board of Directors

Prof. Indrani Ganguly-Fitzgerald, PhD

Vladimir Gainuillin, PhD

Daren Le

Derek Schaeffer...   [read more]

Genomic Data Science courses from John’s Hopkins University on Coursera

Below are are some of the online courses our members have taken as part of the Genomic Data Science series available from John’s Hopkins University on Coursera.

Introduction to Genomic Technologies

From Coursera website: This course introduces you to the basic biology of modern genomics and the experimental tools that we use to measure it. We’ll introduce the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology and cover how next-generation sequencing can be used to measure DNA, RNA, and epigenetic patterns.

Command Line Tools For Genomic Data Science

From Coursera ...   [read more]

Online Courses Discussion

Many Wet Lab members find online courses to be a useful way to expand their skills and stay up-to-date on latest scientific advances. Below is a list of courses that members are currently enrolled in or have taken in the past.

Please join our Slack channel to connect with other Wet Lab members who are involved in online course or ask questions about courses they have taken in the past....   [read more]

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...   [read more]