Artem Tyurin

BioHack Academy

I'm participating in BioHack Academy that started in February 2022.

Week 2


During our 1-on-1 meeting, I've asked Kas questions about the PCR and gel electrophoresis. I had an idea of creating a machine that calculates power function (2^n) using PCR.


Maarten gave a lecture about electronics basics: circuits, resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes. We took apart an old photospectrometer and tested different parts using multimeter. We also looked at the DIY mixer/heater machine.

Mixer machine

Later in the day we've assembled a DIY photospectrometer from Gaudi Labs. Maarten explained the basics of 3D printing.

Paul Vanouse gave a lecture on creative misuse of technology. Most examples were about creating an arbitrary picture using DNA gel electrophoresis. He used specific enzymes to cut DNA according to specific lengths. Paul also told about his performance for the BioARTCAMP where he did PCR on the open fire. It was interesting to learn about the controversial figure of Kary Mullis, the inventor of PCR.


Kas explained about the lab hardware:

Maarten facilitated a discussion about the empyrical experimentation loop and the meaning of the laboratory.

Week 1


I had a chat with Kas and Maarten. Kas suggested that I should look at slime mold computers.


Kas Houthuijs gave a lecture on biosafety.

Maarten talked about his project for Rijkswaterstaat where they've created a speculative design of a CRISPR kit to modify lake algae.

We gave short introductions. I was the only person without an art background. I felt a bit out of the place, but I am keeping an open mind and the week with the practical lessons should cover all my needs.


Lucas Everts gave a lecture on biohacking and bio art with some examples:

Lucas recommended to check Unnatural Selection documentary.

Maarten Smith gave a talk about using git for documentation, open source, and licensing. We've also discussed what is good documentation, what are the differences with lab notebook.

I've learned that using CRISPR is prohibited in the Netherlands, but there is an exception for the GFP protein because it is useful for teaching.

Ionat Zurr from SymbyoticA gave more examples of bio art and discussed differences and similarities between artists, designers, and scientists.