IAP 2022

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Stomata Imaging in Plants

Capacity: 6 students

Schedule: One 3-hour session, TBD

Workshop Contact: Rachel Shen (rs2000 AT mit DOT edu), Eldar Urkumbayev (eldaru AT mit DOT edu)

Description: Gas exchange in plants is am important process regulated by stomata, which open and close in response to different factors such as light or the presence of pathogens. In this workshop, we will be using a microscope to visualize how stomata respond to a variety of factors. 

Express interest by emailing rs2000 AT mit DOT edu and eldaru AT mit DOT edu


Introduction to CRISPR

Capacity: 8-10 students

Schedule: 2 hour sessions (Jan 17th, Jan 19th, Jan 25th, Jan 27th 3-5 pm) Only sign up for one session!

Workshop Contact: Ellie Feng, Kenneth Wei, Angela Gao, Abigail Lo (ellief AT mit DOT edu, kewei AT mit DOT edu, angao AT mit DOT edu, abbylo AT mit DOT edu)

Description: An introductory workshop to DNA editing in E. coli using CRISPR/Cas9. Participants will learn the basic mechanism of CRISPR and then transform E. coli with plasmids containing elements of the CRISPR/Cas9 system and observe results!


Biocementing with Microbes (Workshop)

Schedule: Starts January 12th and meet three times a week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1-4pm.

Workshop Contact: Laura Maria Gonzalez (lmzalez AT mit DOT edu) and Alexander (Sandy) Curth (curth AT mit DOT edu)

Sign-up Deadline: December 30

Description: This workshop introduces students to the process of biocementing with microbes. Today, the production of cement for concrete accounts for 8% of global CO2 emissions. Microbially Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation (MICP) is a promising biocement alternative. The process makes use of microbes to catalyze calcium carbonate crystals that can bind aggregate together.

In this workshop, you will learn lab protocols for using the bacteria to biocement aggregate including cultivating the microbe, preparing solutions to induce crystal formation, and biocementing loose sand. We will test different experimental parameters to characterize and optimize the process as well as 3D printing custom designs to make your own fun biocemented sample!

More info HERE

For more information email lmzalez AT mit DOT edu and curth AT mit DOT edu


Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 pm starting Jan 6th (+ Friday session 1/14 1-2 PM)

Workshop Contact: Rachel Shen (rs2000 AT mit DOT edu), biomakers-exec AT mit DOT edu

Description:  Biological robots, or biobots, use living cells to sense, process, and respond to their environments. The BioBots workshop is a workshop that meets twice a week during IAP in which students make rings of muscle tissue that are able to generate a force around a soft skeleton. This is a great way to learn more about tissue culture.


Bacterial Photography

Capacity: ~12 students

Schedule: Single 3-hour sessions

Workshop Contact: Sofia Flores (sofiaf AT mit DOT edu), biomakers-exec AT mit DOT edu

Description: Gain new skills while doing hands-on biological lab work and take home a cool art piece too! The 3-hour introductory workshop will teach some basics of molecular biology, microbiology, and synthetic biology while having participants create a photograph in a petri-dish using bacteria


Info Sessions and Seminars

iGEM infosession

A ~1 hour info session about iGEM and how MIT students can get involved for the 2022 season. Learn more at https://biomakers.mit.edu/igem/ or email igem-management AT mit DOT edu

Date and Time: January 11th, 7 pm

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