Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).
Siyona Mishra, Richard Hu
iGEM at Hopkins
Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.
Hardware Workshop and Design (Hopkins iGEM)
Email address by which you may be contacted.
What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?
Applications to synthetic biology and bioengineering. We are one week from narrowing down the focus area for Hopkins iGEM 2023. Our current plans are:
A bioreactor with environmental control and measurement (e.g.: temperature and pH probes)
One of the following:
An apparatus to produce/spin nanofibers, (e.g. through electrospinning)
A cell counter (e.g. a hemocytometer, or possibly a fluidics approach)
As a peer-mentored student team, we would aim to build the tools from provided hardware components, apply them to further synthetic biology design projects, and train undergraduate members in the process of hardware fabrication.
Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.
Workshop Date: April 23rd, 5-7 pm EST (tentative date during April)
The primary audience of our workshop is going to be current and future iGEM undergraduates at Hopkins. After this week, we will be selecting one of the tools listed above and working on designing a prototype or building an already available version to compare to what we end up designing.
Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.
After the workshop, students would have the opportunity to apply their design to real synthetic biology experiments. With permission and due acknowledgment, their efforts may support our year-long iGEM project, culminating in a showcase at the international 2023 Jamboree event.
What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?
All designs will be open-source. We will post outputs and their design process to our team wiki; this will be publicly accessible from iGEM 2023.
What you will use the grant for, roughly.
Order hardware components and any other training materials for the workshop. This can include
$450 - hardware materials (microcontrollers, Arduino, etc.)
$50 - general office material (paper, flyers, etc.)
Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.
Intersession (3 week) Course at Johns Hopkins University
EN.580.150 Synthetic Biology Design Syllabus - Google Docs
We held a 3-week course on Synthetic Biology design with 8-10 students combined in person and virtually. The syllabus is linked above and specific to hardware, students learned how to build and understand a photometer used to measure bacterial colonies.
We conducted wet lab-associated training for ~10 people for 5 days and covered techniques such as MidiPrep, PCR, and gel electrophoresis as well as how to use devices such as a thermocycler and nanodrop machine.