BioBlaze

The first 501(c)(3) nonprofit community bio lab for DIYbio
and citizen science in the Chicagoland area.

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About BioBlaze

BioBlaze provides STEM K-12 outreach, biotech workshops for adults, ongoing global and local community projects, and a space for grassroots innovation in science for people to work on their own projects. At BioBlaze, we strive to democratize science by providing a coworking lab space and shared equipment to promote open-source collaboration among people with diverse knowledge and backgrounds.

Join BioBlaze

BioBlaze offers FREE membership to anyone with an interest in DIYBio and citizen science. Yes, you read that correctly. Membership is completely free. All skill levels are welcome (those with no experience are especially encouraged).

Membership includes 24/7 access to lab space, use of equipment, lab supplies, storage space, and instruction. If you are interested in becoming a member, send a message to [email protected], or drop by the lab during open hours.

Contact BioBlaze

BioBlaze Community Bio Lab
182 Melrose Ave #3
South Elgin, IL 60177

Feel free to email [email protected], text (312) 983-2461, or join the conversation over facebook, slack, and meetup!

Classes At BioBlaze

BioBlaze hosts a revolving series of classes, workshops, and mentorship programs. All activities are held within the lab space, and anyone is welcome to participate. BioBlaze also offers private and semi-private workshops for personal, community, and corporate events. Feel free to contact us with questions, comments, and suggestions. Thanks!

For a full list of available classes, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/bioblaze-community-bio-lab-18130472087.



CRISPR Gene Editing of Bacteria for Adults - $50

Max Class Size: 16 Participants

Participants will learn the basics of CRISPR gene editing of bacteria under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Blossom Ware, a university biology professor, Founder of BioBlaze Community Bio Lab and TedXNaperville 2018 speaker. Topics include but are not limited to: CRISPR gene editing of bacteria.

Single Session, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Classes:
 Coming soon!



Intro to Molecular Biology Techniques For Adults (4 Weeks) - $600

Max Class Size: 4 Participants

Participants will learn how to design a scientific experiment under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Blossom Ware, a university biology professor, Founder of BioBlaze Community Bio Lab and TedXNaperville 2018 speaker. Participants will form and test hypotheses and analyze results. Topics include but are not limited to: sterile technique, growing and storing bacteria and yeast, PCR and gel electrophoresis.

Participants will meet in the lab one evening per week from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. There will also be assignments to complete outside of the lab. These assignments may include watching YouTube tutorials, reading scientific articles and coming to the lab independently during supervised lab open hours.

Classes:
Mondays @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Jan 07 through Jan 28)
Tuesdays @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Jan 08 through Jan 29)
Wednesdays @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Jan 09 through Jan 30)
Mondays @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Feb 04 through Feb 25)
Tuesdays @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Feb 05 through Feb 26)
Wednesdays @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Feb 06 through Feb 27)



Research Mentoring for High School Students (10 Weeks) - $1500

Max Class Size: 4 Students

Students will learn experimental design and implementation under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Blossom Ware, a university biology professor, Founder of BioBlaze Community Bio Lab and TedXNaperville 2018 speaker. Research will be conducted largely within the framework of a kombucha project among global biohacking groups – Kombucha Genomics: https://www.meetup.com/Counter-Culture-Labs/events/244983427/. Topics include but are not limited to: symbiotic relationships among bacteria and yeast, sterile technique, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, bio art, bio textiles and bio building materials. Students will contribute original research data to the global biohacking community.

Students will meet in the lab one evening per week from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. There will also be assignments to complete outside of the lab. These assignments may include watching YouTube tutorials, reading scientific articles, participating in international conference calls and coming to the lab independently during supervised lab open hours.

Classes:
Mondays @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Jan 07 through Mar 11)
Tuesdays @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Jan 08 through Mar 12)
Wednesdays @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Jan 09 through Mar 13)
Thursdays @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Jan 10 through Mar 14)



How to Design a Scientific Experiment for Families, Ages 5 to Adults - Free

Max Class Size: 16 Participants

Participants will learn the basics of how to design a scientific experiment under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Blossom Ware, a university biology professor, Founder of BioBlaze Community Bio Lab and TedXNaperville 2018 speaker. The scientific method will be discussed and implemented as we design our own experiment and test it. Topics include but are not limited to: the scientific method, experimental design and testing.

Single Session, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Classes:
Monday, December 10, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday, December 17, 6:30pm - 8:00pm



How to Design a Scientific Experiment for Adults - Free

Max Class Size: 16 Participants

Participants will learn the basics of how to design a scientific experiment under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Blossom Ware, a university biology professor, Founder of BioBlaze Community Bio Lab and TedXNaperville 2018 speaker. The scientific method will be discussed and implemented as we design our own experiment and test it. Topics include but are not limited to: the scientific method, experimental design and testing.

Single Session, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Classes:
 Coming soon!