CRISPR: A Make Friends Monthly


July 26


07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Little Dada



223 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1S2

Toronto, ON, CA, M5A 1S2

Hosted by Patrick Diep, this workshop will be part of a series of workshops hosted by Little Dada

This interactive workshop guides you through how synthetic biologists look at life and what the gene-editing tool CRISPR enables them to do. From environmental sustainability to disease diagnostics, you get to learn about how basic molecular biology can be manipulated to serve humans and their surroundings for good and sometimes questionable intentions. 

Scientific background not needed. You are encouraged to bring your laptop to follow along in the gene-editing tutorial where you get to design a CRISPR experiment using Benchling, a free online DNA management platform. If you’d like to follow along in this part of the workshop, please sign-up for an account beforehand at 

DNA and amino acid sequences to be used in this tutorial can be found here:

About the Instructor
Patrick Diep completed a Bachelor’s at the University of Waterloo in biochemistry. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He studies the proteins involved in the bioaccumulation of heavy metals from mining wastewater and the genetic engineering of extreme microorganisms for environmental clean-up. Patrick has been involved in the synthetic biology scene for three years through the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition and currently supervises the UofT iGEM team. He has experience with CRISPR from his iGEM experiences and work with vaccine bioprocessing. For fun, Patrick reads a lot of (Murakami) books and finds stray cats to play with.

About Make Friends
Make Friends is a monthly free workshop series connecting creative people in Toronto who are curious about technology, art, education, and making things. Each month, we bring together experts and self directed researchers to share knowledge with the community on a variety of subjects, from issues of Internet security and crypto currency, to bio hacking and programming. Join us for discussion, snacks and collaboration on the last Thursday of every month at TinEye (223 Queen Street East).

If you’re interested in sharing your expertise with the community on something you’re passionate about, reach out to us at to pitch a workshop idea!

Thanks to our Sponsors
Make Friends is hosted at the offices of TinEye, with financial support from MAKELAB. Thanks for supporting free programming for exploring topics in technology.

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