Lina Nilsson, Tekla Labs Cofounder and Innovator Under 35

August 21, 2013 in Our News

Congratulations to Lina for being named a visionary as one of MIT Technology Review’s 2013 “35 Innovators Under 35!” 

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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.


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Coming this August: Tekla Labs & Instructables launch New DIY Contest!

August 12, 2013 in Our News

Build-Lab-130x130Stay tuned for a new DIY lab competition that we are launching later this August: BuildMyLab! Help us add to the online library of both high quality, easy-to-follow DIY equipment designs and clever, quick  ’lab hack’ solutions that ease life in the lab.

Instructables, the online platform to ”explore, document, and share your DIY creations” is hosting Tekla Labs’ upcoming BuildMyLab contest –  and there’s some $5000 in prizes waiting to be claimed!

To be kept in the loop on the contest launch, send us a note under home/contact.  More soon/ the Tekla Labs team

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Tekla Labs awarded Big Ideas@Berkeley award

August 12, 2013 in Our News

Tekla Labs is thrilled to have been awarded first place in the Big Ideas@Berkeley competition. We are honored to have their support as we scale up Tekla Labs and are grateful to the Blum Center for Developing Economies for sponsoring this award!

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Tekla Labs hosting symposium at 2014 the AAAS Annual Meeting

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!

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ManyLabs – Designing DIY equipment and interactive lessons for science classrooms!

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.

Tekla Labs at Maker Faire 2013 Bay Area!

May 7, 2013 in Our News

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Attention Makers! Tekla Labs will be presenting at this year’s Bay Area 2013 Maker Faire! Come down to the San Mateo County Events Center on May 18th and 19 to see our on-stage presentation, “DIY Science with Tekla Labs!” and our hands-on exhibit, “The Science of Sticky Flow with Tekla Labs!” Featuring our DIY laminar flow chamber!

Build a Gel Electrophoresis Chamber – awesome DIY guide

April 15, 2013 in Things We Like

Check out this beautiful DIY guide for building a gel electrophoresis chamber on the cheap from the Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah. They also have a fun tutorials on performing gel electrophoresis and DNA extraction!

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Tekla Labs at CGIU

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!

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Things We Like: Bio Printer by Patrick D’haeseleer on Instructables

March 1, 2013 in Things We Like

DIY BioPrinter

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