FAQ

Q. What’s the difference between the Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space and MIT BioMakers Student Group?

  • The Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space refers to the physical space/lab in the basement of Building 26. Justin Buck is the manager of the space and questions about using it or what equipment it has will be answered by him.
  • The student group is in charge of building the community of undergrads and grads who use the lab space and hang out in the lounge. We hold seminars, kickoff events, and collaborate with other biology/engineering organizations on and off campus, like Cambridge Science Fair and the MIT Biotech Group.

Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space

Q. What is the Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space?

  • It is like the biology equivalent of a traditional makerspace but not really.
  • It’s a fully decked out BL2 biological lab along with capacity for chemical engineering projects. (Ask Dion about the chem situation) 
  • There is a TC room, chem hood, storage space for projects, glove box, etc. 
  • There is also a very nice lounge area with coffee(yay caffeine) and lounges for napping and places for psetting. This is a good place to hang out to pset or talk to others about biology.

Q. Where is the Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space located?

  • It is located in the basement of the Building 26, 26-035. The lounge is located in 26-035.

Q. What can I do in the Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space?

  • You can take part in mini-workshops which don’t require any prior biological lab experience, and you can jump right in to do a quick experiment in a few hours.
  • There are also community projects you can join which have a student “advisor” or team leader and often take place over a semester. This is for people with moderate experience but don’t want to commit to an entirely new project. 
  • If you have your own idea and either have an enthusiastic team or yourself, swing by our space and we can try to make it a reality!

Q. I have a project idea, who should I talk to find out about having it in the Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space?

  • You can talk to anybody currently on the exec board. Our project liaison is Jenny.
  • You can also bring any technical questions to Justin, who is the manager of the Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space. He is like the overall PI for any projects that’ll happen there.

Q. What is training like to work in the space?

  • You will be doing the same training you will need for other bio-engineering UROPs. The training will still be good for future UROPs if you decide to do those after working in the BioMaker Space.
  • We will also have all projects vetted by Justin, the space manager. This will include feasibility of the project, finding funding, and getting EHS approval.

Q. When will the space be open for projects?

  • The space will be open at limited capacity in the spring for projects with approval. If you are interested in working on a project in the Huang-Hobbs BioMaker Space, please email biomakerspace AT mit DOT edu with an application.

BioMaker Group

Q. Who/What are the BioMakers?

  • Generally speaking, we are a group of undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in biology, chemistry, engineering and honestly everything else. 
  • We have people interested in lots of different things from physics to computer science to education to international relations, but at the core we have a shared interest for cool biology and chemistry and using it to solve or think about issues.

Q. How do I join the BioMakers student group?

  • During the semester, we will have weekly meetings for the exec and student group.
  • Email to the BioMaker mailing list (biomaker-exec AT mit DOT edu)

Q. What if I have no/little background in biology and I still want to try things out?

  • No worries! A biology background is not a prerequisite to swing by and get started. 
  • We highly encourage people who are simply interested in poking around in or with biology to get started here.
  • Consider us the launching pad to learn more/explore more with biology!

Q. How do I find out more?

  • Feel free to email us at biomakers-exec AT mit DOT edu
  • Keep taking a look at our site!

Q. Where can I ask questions about the BioMaker Space and follow for more updates?

  • Join our mailing list! (still underworks)
  • Like the BioMaker Space Facebook page for info about the space and events being held!
  • Like the MIT BioMakers Facebook page for info about projects happening in the space, student/community events, and how to get involved!