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one month countdown for Build My Lab competition!

November 20, 2013 in BuildTheirLab

~30 days to go, 100 submissions already made! (Thanks, everyone!!!) Add your idea to the mix for a chance to win cool prizes, including a 3D printer, mini mill, dremel kit, or open source PCR kit, and more!

To see the instructions for the awesome submission already made, or to submit you ideas for DIY lab equipment designs or simple lab hacks that make life in the laboratory easier, go to our competition page at:


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Who ho!! Our Build My Lab Competition is Open to Entries!

September 3, 2013 in BuildTheirLab, Our News


What is it? a DIY lab equipment design competition hosted along with Instructables.

How do I participate? Submit your designs at from September 2nd to December 16th

Prizes Get started now to contribute to Global Science! There’s also over $5000 in prizes! A mini mill, oscilloscope, Dremel and Arduino kits and more are all up for grabs!

We also will be giving away two special judges’ prizes: 1) Build Their Lab: Design an Instructable for building a piece of laboratory equipment that REAL scientists we have surveyed need for their research, and help them Build Their Lab!  2) Lab Hacks: Do you have simple solutions to common challenges around the lab? Did you 3D print a pipette holder for your bench? Help make life in lab easier and safer for everyone by submitting your own Lab Hacks!

Not ready for DIY contributions? Here are a few easy ways to help:

1. Tell your networks about Build My Lab (we’re happy to give you materials). We want to reach out to design & capstone classes, maker spaces, tech shops, research labs and more. 2. Stay in touch and show your support by signing up to be a member to this site or follow us on twitter

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“Build Their Lab” Competition Details

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!

Featured Researchers:

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.