Empowering communities through equitable access to life sciences.
SoundBio Lab advances equity in life sciences by providing resources & education to the greater Seattle area. Through learning by doing we enable community-driven contributions to science, foster interdisciplinary exploration, and encourage career development.
Community and Collaboration
We collaborate locally and globally, address local issues, practice citizen science, and operate whenever possible through volunteerism.
We see volunteerism as a benefit that keeps our organization dynamic and community-focused, and we encourage all members to participate in this effort.
We strive to create a more diverse, inclusive, and accessible environment. We assume the best in people and we value the diversity of skills, experiences and perspectives brought by each individual.
We practice DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture! We use the resources at our disposal to push boundaries, make new discoveries, and innovate. Members should support a culture of encouragement, growth, and a willingness to learn from failure.
We encourage everyone to see the best in each other, to assume honorable intentions, and to be patient and tolerant. Members are expected to respond to curiosity and inquiry with a willingness to share and educate. We encourage members to share constructive criticism in a spirit of friendship.
We provide a setting where people can teach and learn from one another.
We encourage and facilitate mentoring while recognizing that mentorship is a two-way learning experience.
Curiosity evokes tinkering, and tinkering leads to exploration and discovery.
Ethics and Responsibility
Research, education, outreach, and other work carried out by members of SoundBio should err on the side of ethical caution. We follow the principle of ‘do no harm’. In addition, we encourage all members to “do good” in our community and world, recognizing the complexity of the concept of ‘good’.
We work together to provide a safe environment in which to experiment and tinker, minimizing risks to ourselves and our environment. We foster a culture of individuals who take responsibility for their actions and who look out for others in their community.
As environmental stewards, we encourage our members to be mindful of the environmental impacts of research and to mitigate negative effects in application whenever possible. We seek out “green” alternatives for our consumables and practice safe waste management. We support projects focused on improving our natural habitat through problem solving and developing resources to increase awareness of environmental challenges.
As part of the DIYBio movement we practice complete transparency regarding our work, motivations and progress.
We strive to create a welcoming, accessible, and affordable community space for any individual who may be curious about science. We believe that opportunities to learn about the world around us should be free from limitations of any kind; thus we encourage everyone to come in and say hello, ask questions, and get involved! Each person and their ideas at SoundBio Lab is treated equally and with respect to encourage inclusiveness and enthusiasm for science.