London Biohackspace is a non-profit community biology lab based in the London Hackspace, in Hackney, East London. Our lab provides the space and equipment for a diverse group of experts and newcomers alike to create inventive projects. Over the past year, we have been focusing on improving the lab with better equipment and improving the infrastructure of London Biohackspace in an effort to enable a greater range of projects. Our current focus is obtaining CL1 status for the lab. This year we have also entered the iGEM competition with our project: JuicyPrint, a 3D printer that is fed with fruit juice to print on demand 3D structures of bacterial cellulose. Not only will JuicyPrint show what is possible in a community lab, but it will also have diverse uses across fields ranging from tissue engineering to textile design and experimental arts.
After graduating from Oxford University with a bachelor degree in biological sciences in June 2013, I quickly became involved in the London Biohack- space. My reluctance to immediately pursue further academic study, but to remain connected to the world of science, lead me to the DIYbio community. So whilst working at a start-up law firm doing IT work, the Biohackspace provided an outlet for my interest in science and the chance to collaborate with a fascinating diversity of people. I am currently focusing on creating more collaborations between Universities and DIYbio spaces.