We're going to start this page off with the Number 1 thing we hear people say when they find out about the lab.

I want to join, but... I have no experience or relevant skills.

Don't worry. You're not the first, and you won't be the last. We'll show you how to begin, what you need to learn, and the laboratory techniques necessary to get started. Like many other things, becoming competent is just a matter of taking the time to learn, showing up, and practicing.

For beginners and students that want to build a strong foundation in molecular biology, we offer a mentorship program.

Become a Member

Membership includes 24/7 access to lab space, use of equipment, lab supplies, storage space, and material discounts. Plus you get to be part of a quirky and fun-loving community!

We take a simple 4-step approach to becoming a member.

1. Reach Out to Us
If you are interested in getting involved with the lab, then reach out to us by visiting the lab during staffed hours, sending an email to, or calling/texting (312) 983-2461.

2. Agreement & Safety
The next step is to read through and sign the membership agreement (make sure that you acting ethically in the lab), read through and sign a waiver (keeps our insurance down), and go through the impossibly boring, but equally mandatory safety training.

3a. Pay Monthly Dues
Monthly membership dues are $100.

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3b. Volunteer
Instead of paying $100, you can volunteer as a form of monthly dues. Volunteering usually entails a few hours of service each week that helps enrich the lab and the community it is trying to serve. Volunteering can include leading a community project, mentoring, teaching a class, adopting lab equipment, or helping with community outreach.

If you are interested in volunteering, but don't feel like you have relevant skills or experience, we promise that we can find something for you to help with.

4. Do Science Things
Tinker on something personal, build your own business, or do some public good for the world. Sky's the limit!