What are people working on at SoundBio? Whatever they are interested in!
Have a concept in mind and need some advice? Just looking for inspiration? You've come to the right place! We are happy to support any ideas within BSL-1 guidelines and assist you with turning them into ongoing projects. Take a look at our offerings overview to see how SoundBio Lab might help you create something unique.
While you're here, have a look at some of our current projects below.
The Oxalis Project (TOP) is the meeting place for budding botanists and plant breeders. We are building a living collection of species from the vast genus Oxalis, which includes plenty of native and edible species of plants. Our goal is to breed new ornamental varieties of these curious plants, and to learn through experiment along the way. As of Summer 2018 we are beginning a hybridization program and developing methods for chemical seed mutagenesis. Neither of these methods are 'GMO', in case you are wondering. Why not join us at our regular Monday evening meet ups to find out more and get involved! Start by sending an email to plants (at) sound.bio introducing yourself.
We also run plant sales, workshops, walks and talks, on all manner of plant science topics. If you'd like to hear about any upcoming plant events, sign up here.
Sleight Beer Lab
Sleight Beer Lab is run by Sean Sleight; a beer enthusiast, avid homebrewer and certified biology nerd. SBL specializes in running analytical, microbiology/molecular biology, and yeast health/fermentation tests for the brewing community. The lab can perform a variety of tests that include the measurement of basic beer characteristics (e.g. ABV, IBU, SRM, lactic acid), bacterial and wild yeast contamination testing, and yeast viability/vitality tests. Visit Sleight Beer Lab for more information.
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.
The Ministat project aims 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, and the goal is to create 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!