* 1. Tell us a bit more about yourself:

* 2. Age:

* 3. Occupation:

* 4. Skills/Expertise:

* 5. Which of the following project ideas interest you? Please let us know which of these you would like to participate in, or which projects you would like to help us lead. Feel free to check as many or as few as you like, to help us gauge how much interest and momentum there is for the various projects.

More details about the individual projects can be found at

  I would like to participate in this project I would like to help lead this project
AQUARIUM/AQUAPONICS MICROBIOME: survey species present in aquaria
BIOLOGICAL SELF-ASSEMBLY: exploit biological self-assembly for the development and production of novel materials
ZEBRA MUSSEL REMEDIATION: identify genes responsible for production and degradation of zebra mussel adhesive
KOMBUCHA FORENSICS: tracking fermentation starter cultures by species content
ISOLATE CELLULOSE DEGRADING BACTERIA: screen environmental samples for bacteria capable of breaking down cellulose
ISOLATE TOXIN-DEGRADING BACTERIA: screen environmental samples for bacteria capable of breaking down toxins
IDENTIFICATION AND SEQUENCING OF GERRs: validate and characterize novel epigenetic elements
EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION OF PROTEIN FUNCTION: conduct studies to determine function of proteins in need of experimental validation (some funding available)
FLOW CYTOMETER/CELL SORTER (FLUORESCENT ACTIVATED CELL SORTER): instrumentation for analyzing or sorting mixtures of cells or other particles
MICROFLUIDIC BIOSENSOR: microfluidic sensor for detecting pathogens, cancer markers, and other biological targets
TESTING COFFEE FOR UNLISTED INGREDIENTS: survey of species present in coffee
TAXONOMY FLASHCARDS: develop flashcards to teach species identification
TESTING ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES / FOOD SUPPLEMENTS: identify active component of herbal medicine
ARMPIT MICROBIOME: survey species present in armpit swabs to correlate with odor
BIOLUMINESCENCE NIGHTLAMP WITH BACTERIA: engineering bacteria to glow at night
DEVELOPING NEW TYPE OF NEOPRENE: engineering bacteria to produce industrial polymers or monomers
IDENTIFYING NEW TASTER PHENOTYPES: identify new taster phenotypes and try to correlate with genotype
MICROBIAL/ENZYMATIC FUEL CELL: electrical power generation powered by living cells or proteins
HACK AN INKJET PRINTER FOR 3D BIOPRINTING: construct 3D printer to generate tissues in vitro
INNOCENTIVE CHALLENGES: work-for-hire research challenges from (cash prizes for best solution)
TRACKING DANDELION DISPERSAL: use DNA sequencing to track the spread of dandelions

* 6. Any comments? Suggestions for additional projects? Any possibilities for collaboration you know about? Request for classes?...