This project was funded on:
12 September 2013

We want to DNA barcode plants of the Alaskan wild with the help of citizen scientists and local Brooklyn students, at the Genspace Community Biolab.


Budget Overview

Half of the money will go towards completing the work from last year's collection, inculding lab supplies & reagents, and DNA sequencing serives. The work will be done by citizen scientists, students and DIYers during our Open Nights at Genspace, a community biolab in Brooklyn NY. It will be supervised by trained volunteers.The secong half will fund transportation for our 2013 expedition. Access to the area is via commercial flight to Anchorage, car to McCarthy, and bush plane into the backcountry. We will use my cabin as a base camp. The equipment was purchased last year (plant presses, etc.) and will be used again. Amounts raised over goal will allow us to collect samples from multiple backcountry sites via additional bush plane flights to different locations.

Meet the Researcher


My research interests have encompassed such diverse areas as free radicals in disease, DNA fingerprinting, virus protein structure/function relationships, and cancer biomarkers. In 1993 I helped found the nonprofit Sabin Vaccine Institute and served as its Scientific Program Director. I've held a variety of research & development positions in the biotechnology industry. From 2001 to 2009 I directed a comprehensive program to develop early detection biomarkers of lung cancer, integrating data from studies utilizing high-density expression arrays, proteomics, phosphomics, and laser scanning cytometry. In 2009 I returned to the nonprofit sphere by co-founding Genspace NYC, the world’s first community biotechnology laboratory. Its mission is to promote science literacy and demystify the latest advances in biotechnology and synthetic biology though education, outreach, and engaging the general public in a hands-on manner. I was the head mentor for a gold medal-winning team housed at Genspace and composed of students from Cooper Union and the Columbia School of Architecture who successfully competed in the 2011 International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. I've spearheaded many of Genspace’s unique outreach programs such as the collaborative effort between the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Genspace to mentor students competing in the Urban Barcode Project. For the past two years I have served as Genspace’s president, and our efforts to develop Genspace into a haven for entrepreneurship, innovation and citizen science have been chronicled in Nature Medicine, BBC News, Science, Discover Magazine, Dan Rather Reports, and the science section of the New York Times. My 2012 TEDGlobal talk encourages everyone to participate in hands-on bioscience.

The research will be done in conjunction with Genspace, click here to learn more about Genspace.org, Urbanbarcodeproject.org, and Barcodeoflife.org

Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Since 2009 we have served the greater New York area by providing educational outreach, cultural events, and a platform for science innovation at the grassroots level.

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Project Backers

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