Community projects at SoundBio

We think that science is better when we work as a community, learning from and inspiring each other. The following projects are open to any SoundBio member to join and contribute to. So become a member, contact the project lead and get involved.

If you’re interested in potentially starting a new community project, the SoundBio Team will help you! Contact us at or message us on Slack!

Biomodelling group

Every other Wednesday, 16 - 17:30 , Interim-lead Yoshi Goto (

We want to explore the intersection between programming, biology, and network systems through simulating gene regulatory networks in a program (in silico) and gathering experimental data of the same gene network, inserted into bacteria (in vivo).

Grow Lab

Mondays 17-18:30, Leads: Ley Gaskill, Zach Schneeweiss

Explore and experiment with growing plants in an indoor, soilless environment. We will start by revamping an older hydroponics setup in the lab with the initial goal of harvesting some delicious lettuce. If you are interested in helping out or would like to learn with us about urban agriculture, join us on. Contact: Ley Gaskill (


Citizen Salmon

Wednesday’s 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Lead: Regina Wu (

Created in 2015, Citizen Salmon is a community of curious citizen scientists interested in understanding the origins of the salmon we find in markets and restaurants. The Pacific Northwest tends to breed highly compassionate minds who are concerned with human and environmental health alike, and Salmon are vital to Cascadia. This particular fish is a staple of our diet, a key export, and a cultural icon of our region. 

The goal of Citizen Salmon is to acquire a deeper knowledge of local food origins and thus provide the same opportunity for inquiry to the public. By connecting the information about a salmon’s genes with its birthplace, CS aims to develop a simple tool that citizen scientists may use independently to determine the origin of salmon on their plate.

Dirt Life

Sundays 11:00 - 13:00, Leads: Orlando de Lange, Paola Asprilla

Ever wondered what lies beneath the surface? Join us to learn about methods to study the biodiversity of our local soils, waterways and other microenvironments. As we learn we'll develop these skills into workshops to be run at SoundBio.

Workshop Development Group

Thursdays 18:00 - 20:30, Lead: Orlando de Lange (

Beta-test new workshops and improve the documentation of our existing workshop repertoire. Part fun and games, part hard work. A great way to learn some science while giving back to the community.


SoundBio iGEM Team


SoundBio is a high school synthetic biology team located in Seattle, Washington. Team SoundBio competes annually in the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) Giant Jamboree where they showcase the project that they have been working on. Each year, the SoundBio team designs and develops their own synthetic biology project based on a problem that is currently facing the world.

Interested in learning more or want to join the team? Check out our dedicated website!