Wed 17 Nov 2021 10:27PM

Introductions and Volunteering with BwoB

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Introduction to BwoB

We have a new lab space in Long Island City (NYC) and equipment is gradually being set up there. Check out the website and/or sign up for our mailing list for more general updates.

As you may know, Biotech Without Borders is an entirely volunteer-run organization with no plans to change this structure. Our officers are a core group of volunteers who have developed relationships with each other and are currently tasked with formalizing the documents we need to operate. However formal documents are no substitute for building relationships with each other.

Purpose of the thread

New community members join the Loomio at some frequency and I am excited to learn more about you and hopefully see you in the lab when you are able to come. I see everyone associated with Biotech Without Borders as a community from which folks may emerge to take on responsibilities necessary for our continuation. Knowing each other's skills and interests helps us understand what our collective power can be. Importantly I want our community to also forge connections between each other and imagine what they can do with the assistance of each other.

Previously folks were invited to contribute to building a shared agenda and follow along with our activities on our Community Sheet. It wasn't used as much as I would like and there was some chaos on Google docs which led me to migrate to this platform which affords more moderation tool and is better aligned with the idea of being a collective. Meeting notes are now held here accessible by members.

If you have questions for the group please start a poll!

If you want to volunteer with something specifically let us know in a comment. This might be a good way of learning some of the Loomio ropes to begin (see the help thread for more information).

I will be reaching out on this thread with projects that need volunteers that would be appropriate for newcomers to join. But please keep your eye our for threads or polls marked as "opportunities" for other places you may be able to help. These posts may be moved to their own threads as appropriate.

Community introductions

Many of you have told me about yourself but there are others here who may be interested to know more about you. So please introduce yourself below in a comment. I will pin them to the timeline and you are welcome to edit them as you see fit. You are also able to edit a profile (which is standard across any Loomio group you join since we are using their server, but may disappear if we migrate to our own server) using the "Edit Profile" menu in the sidebar.


Jisha Pillai U Thu 18 Nov 2021 2:47AM

nalyse and interpret result of MALDI-TOF data. Would you please help me on that ?

Thank you



Danny Fri 19 Nov 2021 11:47AM

I have only ever used MALDI-TOF to look for the concentration of a known protein in supernatant, but I know it is much more flexible than that. What are you using it for?


Jisha Pillai U Fri 19 Nov 2021 12:04PM

I have done it for identification of protein from bacteria. May I get help for the analysis from our platform ?


Danny Sat 20 Nov 2021 6:30PM

A novel protein?

I think you might get a better response if you include more information. But you may also want to form your request like a proposal either on this thread or just in the main group. It would be helpful to communicate how this relates to the context of the thread. Why might folks be interested in helping out? Why are you interested in this protein?


Jisha Pillai U Sun 21 Nov 2021 5:43AM


I will be done that. Thank you


Deleted account Mon 22 Nov 2021 2:28PM

Hello all I am a life scientist and community servant in Manhattan. My name is Chirag and I would love to support community outreach and am flexible on other areas to lend my effort.


Glyxon Biolabs Fri 15 Apr 2022 8:58PM

Hi!, thanks for inviting me to this forum! My name is David Castillo. I'm the founder and director of Glyxon Biolabs, an independent lab in Mexico City, we work essentially with biopolymers and recombinant proteins engineering and lab automation.


Agnieszka Kozicka Mon 30 May 2022 4:03PM

Hi! Thanks for inviting me to the group. My name is Agnieszka Kozicka and I am a rising senior majoring in biotechnology at Warsaw University in Poland. During summer holidays I will be working with Danny on organizing biology related workshops. I have experience in working in the lab, mostly on DNA and proteins, but I am open to work on diverse aspects of biotechnology. I am a fast learner and I believe I could positively contribute to your community.


Chiu Chau Tue 31 May 2022 12:26PM

Welcome to NY.


Daniel Wray Fri 3 Jun 2022 6:53PM

Hello, I'm Dan Wray and my knowledge of biotech extends to using pymol. I'd like to do some simple projects in the lab to learn more. My end goal here is to be versed in computer programs I can make things with. Any suggestions and guidance would be much appreciated before I commit to paying the monthly fee. What is it like on site?

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