2019 SoundBio Workshops

We are delighted to offer a variety of different workshops this coming spring!

Please check them out and sign-up now on MeetUp. Space is limited - RSVP Required.

Members get a significant discount, so please check pricing below. Click here to inquire about Membership, starting at only $10/month.


HAnds-On Laboratory Encounter

Never actually seen a working molecular biology laboratory? Then this is your place to start. Come and find out about the equipment inside a BSL-1 lab and what it’s used for, while getting your hands dirty with a few practical activities with microscopes, pipettes and centrifuges. ($5 member, $10 non-member; max 10 partipants).


  • Tues, Jan 29.  5:30 - 6:30 pm & 8 - 9pm - COMPLETED!

  • Sun, Feb 10th. 10 - 11am & 3 - 4pm - COMPLETED!

  • Tues, Feb 12th.  5:30 - 6:30pm & 8 - 9pm - COMPLETED!


Lab SKills 101

If you’d like to get more involved with research and ongoing projects at the lab, or you’d just like to know what it’s like to work in a molecular biology lab, with first person experience, then this workshop series is for you. During 4 x 90 minute sessions on consecutive evenings, you’ll be guided through some of the fundamental skills of cultivating bacteria, extracting DNA, and DNA amplification and enzyme-based modification. This workshop series is appropriate for absolute beginners. Costs cover all 4 sessions ($40 member, $80 non-member; max 6 participants). RSVP Required. Duration: 2 x 90 min sessions weekdays, 1 x 5 hour session on weekend.

First Session is a 1-day intensive workshop:

  • Saturday, Feb 16th. 10am - 5:30pm (note: lunch not provided)

Second Series:

  • Thurs, Feb 28. 7:30 - 9pm

  • Fri, March 1st. 7:30 - 9pm

  • Sat, March 2nd. 10am - 3pm (Lunch break in middle; Lunch not provided)

Third Series - Daytime Option (only if at least 3 people sign up):

  • Tues, March 12th. 10 - 11:30am

  • Wed March 13th. 10 - 11:30am

  • Thurs, March 14th. 10am - 3pm


Do you have concerns about genetically modified plants? Perhaps you’re a big fan and you think there should be more of them? In this workshop you’ll get to see GMOs under a different light, specifically UV light. You’ll be detecting DNA that has been introduced into plants, and examining this inside an agarose gel. We’ll also learn about the science that goes into making GMOs and some of the reasons they are loved and loathed in almost equal measure. ($25 member, $50 non-member; max 12 participants). Duration - 3 hr. Please bring your own snack.


  • Mon, March 18th. 6-9 pm

  • Tues, March 19th. 6-9 pm

  • Sat, March 23rd. 2-5 pm

Questions? Please email info (at) sound.bio. And don’t forget to help spread the word!

A few OTHER workshops we keep on the back-burner…

Painting with bacteria

Using safe E.coli transformed to express fluorescent colors, participants will make their own living art. Much like painting with invisible ink, the challenge of drawing on petri dishes with bacteria is half the fun! After 24 hours the bacteria will have multiplied to show your masterpiece.


Candy Electrophoresis

Learn about the dyes found in the candy we love using electrophoresis, a process for separating molecules utilizing an electric current.



Looking at the world up-close is always fun. In this workshop, participants will build their own DIY smart phone microscopes. Using an open source design, participants will get all the materials they need to assemble a smart phone microscope. Together you'll learn how to dye onion cells and mount them on slides. You'll also learn about some cool 3D Printer designs for smartphone microscope clips.


Meristem cross-section

Meristem cross-section


This is an active workshop, see above for details

 Lab Skills 101

This is an active workshop, see above for details