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.

Community Project sessions are planned on Slack, and sessions open to newcomers are posted on Meetup!


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.

Biomodelling group

Every other Thursday, 18 - 19:30 , Interim-lead Yoshi Goto (

Dirt Life

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


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).


Ever wondered what lies beneath the surface? DirtLife is developing a project that uses microbiology to help Seattle area Urban farmers. Currently we are conducting a lengthy literature review. No prior experience necessary. Contact Orlando de Lange ( if you would like to join.

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!


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!