An Open Access Lab for Everyone

The best way to inform 21st-century dialogue about science is to have stakeholders understand it from a hands-on perspective. To this end, Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy through citizen access to biotechnology. We provide STEM educational outreach, cultural events, and a platform for science innovation at the grassroots level.

Our Story

In 2009, a group of hobbyists, entrepreneurs, artists and scientists met in a living room to explore their interest in biotechnology. Within a year, co-founders Nurit Bar-Shai, Ellen Jorgensen, Daniel Grushkin, Russell Durrett, and Oliver Medvedik opened Genspace, the first-ever community biotechnology laboratory in downtown Brooklyn, New York. Our purpose was to allow the general public to pursue individual and group projects.

Since then our community has expanded. In 2017, Genspace moved to our new home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Genspace now provides New York High School and University students with hands-on science education; our Community Research Projects reach across the phylogenic tree; and our arts and design program, the Biodesign Challenge, spans the world. Genspace continues to be a platform for curious people to follow their imaginations—individual member projects have grown into million dollar companies and revolutionary art pieces.

GENSPACE provides:

  • A lab for biotech entrepreneurs and explorers

  • Adult education and outreach

  • Science education at the high school and college level

  • Lab access and memberships

  • Education in bioart and biodesign

  • A forum for dialogue about the social and ethical dimensions of biotech