Bio Academy 2017

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Bio Academy is a Synthetic Biology Program directed by George Church, professor of Genetics at Harvard medical school.
The Bio Academy is a part of the growing Academy of (almost) Anything, or the Academany.

Bio Academy

The Academany is a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience. Each Lab that participates in the Academany program is part of a global Fab Lab / Academany network. These Labs are Nodes that offer the Academany program.
Students view and participate in global lectures broadcasted every Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition to the lectures, there are 2 / 3 lab days each week where students have access the lab equipment and personal help with projects. Each Lab will establish the schedule for these Lab days.
The program requires a minimum of 30 hours per week.
Academany faculty, who are leaders in their respective fields, provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate Certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.
Bio Academy ran in an Alpha year in 2015, and is now launching officially in 2016. Scroll down to sign up, or get more information.

Faculty and Management 2017

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George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994 . His innovations have contributed to nearly all "next generation" genome sequencing methods and companies (CGI, Life, Illumina, nanopore).

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David Sun Kong is a Synthetic Biologist, artist, and community organizer based out of Cambridge, MA. He conducted his graduate studies at MIT’s Media Laboratory and received a masters developing technology for printing nanostructures with energetic beams and a Ph.D. for demonstrating the first gene synthesis in a microfluidic, or “lab-on-a-chip” system. He currently conducts synthetic biology, microfluidics, and digital fabrication research at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory with a focus on open-source hardware and democratizing technology.

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Jean-michel has been part of the fab lab network since the early years, after getting an MA in Arts and Technology in Utrecht. He is a Professor of the Practice at Tufts, and MD for Fab Connections, running projects and services for a global network of digital fabrication spaces, as well as setting up Bio Academy.

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Joseph Jacobson, head of the Media Lab's Molecular Machines research group, is working to reinvent microelectronics by developing processes for directly and continuously printing communication, computation, and displays onto arbitrary substrates. He received a PhD in physics from MIT and was a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Stanford.

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Patrick is leading the development of the Organism Design Pipeline at Ginkgo BioWorks, a synthetic biology company that makes and sells engineered organisms.

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Kevin is a research scientist committed to expanding the scope of biotechnologies through enabling inventions. and specializes in technologies harnessing evolution for engineering biology, especially ecosystems with an expertise in gene drives, directed evolution, genome engineering, molecular biology, microbiology, ecological engineering.

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Evan is a Systems Biology graduate student in the laboratory of George Church. He is working on developing novel technologies that address fundamental limitations in the study of cell and developmental biology, RNA metabolism, and DNA nano-assembly.

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Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union and a former Staff Associate Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Columbia University. She has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, a Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University.

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Fiorenzo (Fio) Omenetto is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and leads the laboratory for Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and Biophotonics at Tufts University and also holds an appointment in the Department of Physics. His research interest cover optics, nanostructured materials (such as photonic crystals and photonic crystal fibers), nanofabrication, and biopolymer-based photonics.

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Megan currently position is Perry Fellow in International Security, CISAC, Stanford and Deputy Director of Practices for Synberc at UC Berkeley.

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Srivatsan currently works on synthetic and systems biology, protein design, directed evolution of proteins and biosynthetic pathways.

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William is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Cancer Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2008, William received a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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Kate works on building synthetic minimal cells, for readout and control of biological systems. She is interested in the concept of prototyping biological systems with elemental building blocks - using both natural protein and nucleic acid tools, as well as chemically modified components.

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We'll be adding amazing faculty as we grow.. interested? Drop us a line.

Classes 2016

Classes for 2017 will be displayed here shortly, you can find more informatio on the 2017 class pages.

The following Labs participate in the HTGAA program.

Labs document their work on the lab pages. where you can find more detailed info.

  • EMW Lab - Cambridge, USA
  • Fab Lab Puebla - Puebla, Mexico
  • Fab Lab San Diego - San Diego, USA
  • Familab - Orlando, USA
  • FabLab Hamamatsu/TAKE-SPACE - Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] - Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Fab Lab Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab - Shenzhen, China
  • Fablab Digiscope - Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • Sirius - Sochi, Russia
  • Open Science Network at MakerLabs - Vancouver, Canada
  • Green Fab Lab - Barcelona, Spain
  • Medical Fablab NDMC - Taipei, Taiwan
  • Hackuarium - Lausanne, Switzerland
If you want to sign up your Fab Lab for HTGAA, please contact us for more information.

How to join

If you wish to participate in Bio Academy 2018, please email us at the adress below, and you will be contacted by us to find a lab close to you.

Student’s Application process for Bio Academy:

  • Fill out the online application form (the one that will be displayed below once we start)
  • The local tutor will contact you to have a personal interview (in-person or via skype).
  • Bio Academy Coordination will contact you to let you know the results of the process.
  • Once you receive the confirmation letter, you must make a deposit of 3500 USD/€ to secure your place, before the program starts
  • Tuition fees.
    Academany Diploma Central fee ………………… 2500,- USD.
    Local Lab fee variable (most labs 2500,- USD.)

    Included in the costs:
    • All the basic course materials.
    • 14 hours a week of hands-on Lab access and personal instruction.

    Local labs will determine different programs for scholarships: Internships, Special programs with other institutions and social organizations.

    To apply for a scholarship please send your local lab a letter of intent (no more than 250 words), explaining the conditions and reasons to be the beneficiary of this program.


    All the fields are required