How To Grow (Almost) Anything

Pat Pataranutaporn

Joseph M. Jacobson, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
George Church, Former Visiting Professor
David S. Kong, Director, Community Biotechnology Initiative; Research Scientist
Tuesdays, 2-5pm, Recitation Wed 5-8p

Building upon the tradition of ‘How to Make (Almost) Anything,’ we are offering ‘How to Grow (Almost) Anything,’ a course to teach experienced bio-enthusiasts and those new to the life sciences alike skills at the cutting edge of bioengineering and synthetic biology. 

The course consists of three major modules: (I) synthetic biology bootcamp; (ii) biofabrication and imaging; and (iii) genome engineering. Each week will feature a lecture from an expert in their respective domains and hands-on wet lab skills development, with topics including:

  • Bio Design
  • Next Generation Synthesis
  • Bio Production
  • Protein Design
  • Synthetic Minimal Cells
  • Engineering the Gut Microbiome
  • 3D Bio Printing & Biofabrication
  • Expansion Microscopy
  • DNA Nanostructures
  • …and more!

Class Size

15 students

Course Webpage:


Permission of the instructor.  All prospective students must submit an application for the course found here. As we have limited enrollment, please apply as soon as you can.

For those who wish to join the course that have either no or limited previous wet lab experience, we ask you join our IAP Bio Boot Camp being held January 27-31.  Please sign up here.

We ultimately aim to curate a group of diverse students that, collectively, have wet lab experience, hardware and making experience (e.g., having taken 'How to Make (Almost) Anything'), and other creative or technical experience (e.g., design, art).


  • 68-089 (8 lab benches, common equipment, BL2 tissue culture)


  • 80% weekly assignments and class participation
  • 20% final project (done in group)
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