What are people working on at SoundBio? Whatever they are interested in! We are happy to support any ideas within BSL-1 guidelines and assist with turning them into ongoing projects. Have a concept in mind? Need advice? Looking for inspiration? Great! You've come to the right place. While you're here, have a look at some of our current projects below.




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. 

Our goal 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, we aim to develop a simple tool that citizen scientists may use independently to determine the origin of salmon on their plate.

Contact: mike@sound.bio




The Bionic Leaf Bioreactor Development Kit is a SoundBio Lab/Biospherics Working Group joint venture funded by a $100K Amazon Catalyst grant, a collaboration between Amazon and UW CoMotion. Its goal is to develop and disseminate a simple open source kit using Microbial Electrolysis Carbon Capture technology to demonstrate the removal of excess CO2 from ambient air by converting it into methane fuel and food. Such a device is one example of a “negative emissions” technology that may be used to mitigate against and even reverse the catastrophic buildup of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere by mining carbon directly from the sky for product isolation. The project is educational in nature and will be the basis for courses and collaborations with other inventors and tinkerers. 

Project Team Lead: Mark E. Minie

Team: Michal Galdzicki, Herbert Sauro, Zach Mueller

Contact: bionic-leaf@sound.bio



The goal of the Ministat project is to build an open-source, multiplexed chemostat for DIY bio labs. A chemostat permits the culture of cells in a controlled, steady-state environment for optimal growth. We want this to be a flexible system that allows the rapid design and implementation of fermentation for microbiology experiment.

Project Founders: Chuck Harrison, Paul S, Alexandre Zanghellini

Project Advisors: Herbert Sauro, Wilbert Copeland, Aaron Miller

Explore this project in more detail on the GitHub page! 

Contact: zach@sound.bio