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Our Vision

Empowering communities through equitable access to life sciences.

Our Mission

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.


Our Values

Community and Collaboration

We collaborate locally and globally, address local issues, practice citizen science, and operate whenever possible through volunteerism.

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.

Diversity

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. 

Innovation

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. 

Integrity

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. 

Learning

We provide a setting where people can teach and learn from one another. 

Mentoring

We encourage and facilitate mentoring while recognizing that mentorship is a two-way learning experience. 

Curiosity

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’. 

Safety

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. 

Environmental Stewardship

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.

Transparency

As part of the DIYBio movement we practice complete transparency regarding our work, motivations and progress.


OUR TEAM

BOARD

Zach Mueller - Cofounder

Zach Mueller - Cofounder

Regina Wu - Cofounder

Regina Wu - Cofounder

Holly Sawyer - Director of Educational Outreach

Holly Sawyer - Director of Educational Outreach

Yoshi Goto - Director of Operations & Lab Manager

Yoshi Goto - Director of Operations & Lab Manager

Anna Schier - Social Media Manager

Anna Schier - Social Media Manager

Orlando de Lange - Workshops & Programming Coordinator

Orlando de Lange - Workshops & Programming Coordinator

CO-FOUNDERS

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LAB ASSISTANTS

Pranav Pandiaraj - High School Lab Assistant

Pranav Pandiaraj - High School Lab Assistant

Ellie James - PhD Lab Assistant

Ellie James - PhD Lab Assistant

Jazlin Taylor - Community College Lab Assistant

Jazlin Taylor - Community College Lab Assistant

Nancy AL-Mohamad - University Lab Assistant

Nancy AL-Mohamad - University Lab Assistant


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.

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