September 30, 2013 in Our News
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August 16, 2013 in BuildTheirLab
Tekla Labs has surveyed twenty labs from countries throughout Latin American and Africa to identify the specific equipment needs of researchers around the globe. We found that over 50% of researchers surveyed are in need of and would be willing to build their own:
microscopes, media rotators, fluorometers, sterilization equipment, spectrophotometers, PCR machines, incubators, water baths, hot plate/magnetic stirrers, pH meters, electrophoresis chambers, sonicators, UV lamps, tissue culture hoods, centrifuges, and ELISA plate readers.
By submitting a design for one of these pieces of equipment to our Instructables competition, you are not only eligible to win one of our grand prizes AND a 3D printer, but also will be providing a real life solution for a researcher in need!
Meet the scientists
So who are these researchers you will be helping? We have formed partnerships with many wonderful scientists from a number of different settings worldwide – including university research labs, government research facilities, and high school and university classrooms. The map above outlines the locations of all our international partners; and the pictures are of our featured scientists, who you can learn more about in the bios below!
Johann Osma, PhD: Johann is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. His lab focuses on the design and manufacturing of biosensors and microsystems, especially those dedicated to microfluidics, for food and environmental security and monitoring. Half of his lab conducts research while the other half is dedicated to building equipment so that the former can focus on their research instead of having to solve minor problems related to the operation and test of devices.
Amparo Zavaleta, PhD: Amparo is a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. Her research focuses on the use of microbial biodiversity of extreme ecological niches for the production of enzymes and metabolites of industrial interest.
Matthew Stremlau, PhD: Matt Stremlau is a postdoctoral fellow at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA where he uses next-generation sequencing to study fevers of unknown origin in West Africa. Matt also works with scientists in Nigeria and Uganda to develop technology for locally identifying emerging pathogens with PCR assays.
August 12, 2013 in Our News
August 11, 2013 in Our News
Tekla Labs will be hosting a symposium at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago this coming February, 2014. The symposium, Open Science: Reducing Barriers to Scientific Breakthroughs, will highlight innovative solutions to engaging a broader global scientific community. In addition to a talk from Tekla Labs, the symposium will feature talks from Jose Gomez-Marquez, principal medical device designer at the Little Devices Lab, and Rabiah Mayas, Director of Science and Integrated Studies and coordinator of the Fab Lab at the Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago. Stop by if you are at the meeting, and let us know if you are presenting something too!
June 21, 2013 in Things We Like
We had the pleasure of meeting with Peter Sand of ManyLabs this past week, and got a chance to see all the awesome DIY lab equipment he is designing. So cool! Check out the hardware and accompanying lessons they have developed, as well as the physics, biology, and math hubs for more specialized projects and lessons. And consider donating to their Kickstarter campaign, aimed at creating and testing kits for their hardware designs, making these interactive projects and lessons even more accessible for science educators.
March 11, 2013 in Our News
Tekla Labs will be at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting coming up on April 5-7th. We’re excited to spend the weekend hearing from the incredible line-up of speakers, developing our commitment to increase access to standard laboratory equipment, and meeting other groups working on global science capacity building. If you are going to be there, let us know!
For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Tekla Labs Social Entrepreneurship Symposium (or who want to see it again!), you can check out video of all the talks on our Vimeo page. Special thanks to all of our speakers for sharing their experiences and ideas; we hope you all feel as inspired by them as we do!
Evan Steiner, Hub Bay Area
Teju Ravilochan, co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute
Tessa Finlev, Institute For The Future
Dr. Hal Aronson, co-founder of WE CARE Solar
John Danner, Professor in the Haas School of Business
Gautham Venugopalan, President of Future Scientist
The most recent series in Nature’s Soapbox Science blog focuses on different ways scientists worldwide are funding their research in the current economic climate. Tekla Labs, Kickstarter, and Petridish are all featured as new avenues for scientists to fufill their research needs in the face of decreasing federal funding and parallel increases in crowdsourcing and social networking.
As part of this discussion, see Tekla Labs’ text on Soapbox for our ideas on engaging individual scientists as active global citizens.
Share your ideas!
February 22, 2012 in Our News
This coming Monday, February 27th, Tekla Labs will be demoing some designs we are working on at the BioCurious hackerspace in Sunnyvale, CA. Join us there to hear more about what designs we are working on, and test out some of our recently build DIY lab equipment. Space is limited, so sign up soon!
DIY Research Grade Equipment for Laboratories in Developing Regions
Monday, February 27, 2012, 6:30 PM
BioCurious: 845 Stewart Drive, Suite C, Sunnyvale, CA
February 22, 2012 in Our News
Chemical & Engineering News just published a great article, Makeshift Chemistry, on the need for affordable lab equipment–featuring Tekla Labs and other interesting projects to increase research capacity in emerging regions!