Genspace instructors come from top institutions around New York City to teach advanced biology in an easy-to-understand, hands-on way. Our course offerings cover biological concepts, lab technique, genomics, synthetic biology, neuroscience, bioart and biodesign, and social implications of emerging biotech.


Local color: extracting pigment from plants

APRIL 1 - 12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

This hands-on class will examine local color- how to grow it, find it, and extract it. We will create natural dyes from food waste and locally foraged plants.



APRIL 2 - 2:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

Students will grow paper from living kombucha culture. This symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria can be used to make renewable art materials.


FERMENTATION: Making kefir

APRIL 8 -  11:00AM to 1:00PM

Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods used today. Scientifically known as zymology, it is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, using yeast, or bacteria. Learn to make kefir using milk and milk alternatives.


The Chemistry of Lotions and Creams: DIY Beauty Products

APRIL 9 -  2:00pM to 6:00PM

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about the chemistry behind the ingredients in lotions and creams, as well as the physical processes required to create these products. 



april 9,15, and 23 - 2:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

This introduction covers the basic techniques that led to the biotech revolution. Learn genetic engineering, gel electrophoresis, and PCR, then explore where biotech is heading in the future.



APRIL 24, 25, 26, and 27 - 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

An intensive course that covers the fundamental aspects of the biotech revolution in an accelerated and hand-on format—we'll extract and process our own DNA, analyze ancestry through bioinformatics, splice genes into bacteria, and learn foundational lab techniques. We also cover how to make your own equipment.


family science lab

april 29 - 11:00 aM TO 2:00 PM

Anyone can be a researcher, no matter their age. In this three part course, children (ages 7-12) and grown-up pairs will get hands on experience in a biotech lab, extracting their own DNA and exploring its molecular structure.



MAy 6,13, and 20 - 11:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

Want to find out what bacteria are living around you? In this workshop we will learn the methods for identifying microbial species with DNA sequencing data, and understand what their functions are and how that can inform decisions or urban design.



MAy 6,13,20 and 27 - 3:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

CRISPR gene editing has been touted as a game changer in DNA science. Now learn how to do it yourself in this intensive lab class. Recommended for participants who have some lab experience or have taken our introductory courses.


Beer Brewing 101: Homebrewing Essentials

May 7 - 2:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

You will learn all the basics to get you up and running while brewing a batch of beer. You’ll learn about extract brewing, malts, grains, yeasts and how to avoid or troubleshoot the most common problems.


SLime Mold workshop

May 7 - 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

Long classified as Fungi, slime "molds" are now known to be a creature all their own. In this 2 hour workshop participants will explore slime mold—how to grow it and how to use it for bioart.


Fungi Fabrication: Mycelium Materials

May 13, 20 and 27 - 2:00 pM TO 6:00 PM

In this course we will work with mycelium as material for experimental design applications. Working hands-on in the lab, participants will grow a variety of samples with mycelium ranging from biodegradable ‘styrofoams’ to leather-like textile alternatives.

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Science fiction gives us an opportunity to speculate on how today’s technologies will reshape tomorrow. This course explores the potential social impacts of biotech through videos, film, art and literature.


Synthetic Biology: Learn to Program Life

In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of synthetic biology in a hands-on way. This workshop complements a panel discussion taking place at Data & Society on March 16th entitled Synthetic Biology—Programming with DNA. 



In this two-part introduction to biotextiles, you’ll learn how to grow fabrics from microbes and then use natural and bioengineered bacteria to dye them.