FREDsense Remastered: An In-Depth Case Study

So back in 2012, little baby Patrick was part of an immensely successful iGEM team. We were hoping to engineer bacteria that could detect and remediate toxins in oil sands tailings ponds. The following year, six members of that team […]

The 2019 Retrospective

Or: How I (Sort Of) Became Okay with Self-Employment Wow, I can’t believe another year has already gone by since my last year-end reflection. I feel like every year gets shorter and shorter. This past year has been incredibly exciting […]

Four Alberta teams gathered for a photo at the 2019 aGEM competition.

Alberta Teams Off to Boston for iGEM 2019

Ah, iGEM season. My favourite time of year. As I sit here in the airport waiting for my flight to board, I feel like I should take some time to share with you all what Alberta’s students have been up […]

A Sustainable Dinner of the Future

Innovative ideas are permeating the Alberta zeitgeist. You can see it in action at the recent INVENTURE$ conference in Calgary, which brought investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers together to create solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. Innovative ideas aren’t […]

Neuro Nexus: A Brain Health Hackathon

It’s been a while since I published anything, so apologies for that! There were a lot of exciting projects that I was working on recently that took up most of my time. (Hopefully, I’ll be able to share some of […]

5 Entry Points to Calgary’s Life Science Community

A while back, I was chatting with somebody in Calgary who was trying to build software to detect heart attacks. The thing is, they don’t come from a health background: they’re trained as a software engineer. I spent some time […]

Canvas Kit Review: Patience is a Virtue

I was really excited to get my Amino Labs Canvas Kit in the mail, which came as a Black Friday bonus with the purchase of a copy of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero. It’s been a while since I’ve worked […]

Reflections on 2018 (and What’s Next for 2019)

2018 was a year of (rather unexpected) self-discovery. I had just wrapped up a contract in March. But I didn’t have anything lined up afterward, so here I was again, unemployed and directionless. During a time where I was pretty […]

Gift Idea: Teach Yourself and Your Kids to Be Genetic Engineers

The phrase “genetic engineering” can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of Amino Labs, an Alberta-based startup, you can try your hand at genetic engineering without prior knowledge or training. Amino Labs is a STEM […]