Biodesign Challenge Lab

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Biodesign Challenge Lab

Spring 2020

Taught By: Jenifer Wightman

Section: A

CRN: 5884

Credits: 0 OR 2

This one week lab-intensive will be held the week before Spring semester (Jan 14-18) in the University Science Labs and is designed to provide students with familiarity and conceptual knowledge of common molecular biology tools used in biodesign, basic scientific research, citizen science, and environmental monitoring. Lab techniques will be led by University Science Lab Staff and faculty from the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and design and art connections will be lead by Parsons Faculty members Jenifer Wightman and Jane Pirone Students will learn basic lab techniques, scientific methodology, safe and responsible stewardship of biological projects, and experimental design. Labs will include genetic engineering of microbes, testing foods for genetic modification, DNA preparation, microbiological water testing, microbial antibiotic resistance, and more. Students will begin to understand basic scientific operations to inform future collaborations across the social sciences, humanities, and design. Participating students will have tangible experience with the concepts of biodesign thus, preparing them to more deeply understand it as a citizen as well as a designer, researcher, or practitioner. The course will culminate with a Sci-Fi film screening on Friday night. No prior experience in biodesign is necessary, but, taking PSDS 5720 Biodesign Challenge Studio (CRN 7474) and PSDS 5721 Biodesign Challenge Seminar (CRN 7475) along with the Lab is recommended.

Open to: All University graduate and upper-level undergraduate students by permission only. Please contact Jane Pirone at to request permission to register.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Laboratory (B)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:30am 8/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/2/2020 - 1/20/2020