What would you explore invent create if you had access to a professional biolab?

The Laboratory

All lab members must complete our lab training designed to equip members with the ability to identify potential hazards, the confidence to reach out for support, and the knowledge to work in the lab safely.

Our equipment

In order to use equipment, members must demonstrate their familiarity to a more senior member to ensure that the equipment will not be damaged so we can continue to offer the use of our facilities to the community.

As part of our mission to democratize the tools of biotechnology, Biotech Without Borders provides access to a BSL1 biological lab facilities.

We provide some disposables at a reduced cost, such as gloves, pipette tips, plates, tubes, etc. However, in general, Members must purchase their own consumables and reagents.

Molecular biology
  • Micropipettors
  • PCR hood
  • Opentrons OT-2
  • UV Transilluminator
  • DNA/RNA electrophoresis rig
  • Protein electrophoresis rig
  • PCR thermocycler
  • Vortex mixer
  • Water baths
  • Heat block
  • Microwave
  • Microcentrifuge (1.5, 2mL tubes)
  • Refrigerated hanging bucket rotor for 15, 15, 250mL vessels
  • Hanging bucket rotor for 15, 15, 250mL vessels
  • Fixed rotor for 15mL tubes
  • Luminometer
  • UV/Vis spectrophotmeter
  • Optical plate reader
  • Analytic balance
  • pH meter
  • Florescence microscope
  • Visible light microscope
  • Scanning electron microscope (in storage)
Environmental control
  • CO2 incubator (heating only)
  • 15-50°C incubator (heating and cooling)
  • Incubator (heating only)
  • Shaking incubator (heating only)
  • Plant incubator (20-50°C, <7000 lux)
  • Class II Biosafety Cabinet
  • 4°C fridge
  • -20°C freezer
  • -80°C freezer
  • Liquid N2 storage
  • Spark-free storage
  • Spill-proof storage
  • Member boxes

Want to use the space? Send us an email telling us about your project.