Candy & Science – What could be sweeter?

Looking for a fun and educational way to spend a rainy afternoon in Seattle? How about playing with candy and learning about its properties? Join Drs. Mariola Kulawiec and Lawrence Own for HiveBio’s Candy Electrophoresis class this Saturday at 3pm! Don’t let the big word fool you – we are using a common lab technique to separate out chemicals by color. Learn more about it and register at this link. Bring your own candy or artificially colored foods to test out, or use ours!

flier-candy-EP-webThis class is great for children, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and reminded not to eat the candy while inside the lab area!


Upcoming Classes: Chemistry & Biology of Cosmetics, Candy, and Microscopic Worms

HiveBio has some new and exciting classes coming up in the next few weeks. Registration is limited, so sign up now at the links below!

The Science Behind Lotions:  Hands-on lab and exploration of labels and regulations
Reitha Weeks, PhD
Saturday March 22 @ 2pm

What makes a lotion one’s “favorite?” Do you believe all of the manufacturer’s claims? Examine labels and learn the chemistry behind successful lotions. Learn about the FDA’s requirements for safety and labeling of cosmetics. Make lotion and take home samples with the fragrances of your choice.

Candy Crush Electrophoresis
Mariola Kulawiec, PhD and Lawrence Own, PhD
Saturday March 29 @ 3pm

Electrophoresis is a molecular tool that can be used to separate molecules by size. In this class, you will extract colors from candy and run them out on a gel. We’ll talk about what we learn about the colors and how this simple technique can be used in other applications.

C. elegans and Model Organisms
Hannah Chapin, PhD
Saturday April 12 @ 1pm

In this class we’ll explore how scientists use model organisms to study complex diseases. You’ll get hands-on experience with the nematode model organism C. elegans, learn about the connection between an animal’s genes and physical appearance, and hear about how these tools are used in the laboratory to shed light on health, disease, and aging.

These lab classes are perfect for beginners and scientists of all ages. Children under 18 welcome with a parent. Contact with questions.

HiveBio Tuesday Night Science Discussion returns to Cafe Ladro Tues Feb 25, 7-9pm

Join us at Cafe Ladro in Fremont for HiveBio’s Tuesday Night Science Discussion Group. Enjoy coffee and pastries while chatting about all things science. Working on something in the lab and need ideas? Read an interesting article and want to discuss it? Bring your ideas and questions. The discussion format is casual so don’t be intimidated if you have no scientific background. All are welcome to attend. Continue reading

Learning about Protein Folding with FoldIt

Jeremy Mills, Ph.D. will be returning to HiveBio Community Lab to teach the second round of Introduction to Proteins with FoldIt. This class is designed to introduce beginners to the intricate world of proteins, and discuss their molecular structures and functions. Learning about proteins is fun and easy using FoldIt, a video game where the object is to orient the parts of the protein in an energetically favorable way, displayed visually using shapes and colors. Continue reading

Dr. Cortney Bouldin Leads Introductory Microscopy Class at HiveBio

On Saturday January 25th, HiveBio welcomed Cortney Bouldin Ph.D. to the community lab space where he presented an introductory course on Microscopy and Developmental Biology using zebrafish embryos and HiveBio’s DIY Microscopes.


Cort began with an introduction about the mechanics of microscopes and showed a diagram of how multiple lenses bend light to display images in compound microscopes. After a brief discussion of developmental biology and zebrafish embryos, Cort continued with the hands-on portion of the class.

The early stages of zebrafish development are remarkably similar to human development, which is why they are used as a model system for biological studies. Cort instructed students on how to pipette a small amount of 24 hour-old zebrafish embryos onto a microscope slide. Continue reading

HiveBio Students Get a Hands-On Lesson in Neurobiology

Bergen highlights various regions of the brain

This afternoon eight members of the community participated in HiveBio’s first run of the Sheep Brain Dissection class. Co-Founder Bergen McMurray led the class through a description of the different regions of the brain and explained how the different cell types connect and function within this amazingly complex system. Continue reading

Introduction to Microscopy with Dr. Cortney Bouldin

On Saturday January 25 at 1pm Cort Bouldin, Ph.D. will lead a workshop on the basics of microscopy and imaging. Get a view of the microscopic world of developmental biology, and learn how to capture and manage microscopy images using the NIH’s free image processing software, ImageJ. Continue reading