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When Every Wednesday, from 19:30

We are the biohacking or DIY biology (Official FAQ about DIY-Biology) group at the London Hackspace, a mix of amateur and professional biologists, attracted by the potential of molecular and synthetic biology. Anyone is welcome, so get involved!

Over the past couple of years we've been developing our equipment, optimising techniques and running some research projects. Here's quite a good short local news video showing our (previous, smaller) lab and some of what we do in it.

We will soon be meeting every month, check back here for our 2019 restart. We have a list of frequently-asked questions.

List of biohacker wiki pages.

We also maintain an outward facing website at

How to find us

  1. Email us here. You can also sign up to our mailing list where we do most of our communication here (if you see a warning ignore it) (Your posts will be moderated unless you're signed up to the list. If you want to be signed up to the list but not receive messages you can change this in the options). You can view the mailing list archives through the previous link or through the google groups interface. To chat in more detail request a signup to our slack channel using the email address above, or join our irc channel at #london-biohackers on freenode

Biohackspace Membership

We're a subgroup of the London Hackspace, and our rent and utility bills are paid as part of the larger space. Therefore it's London Biohackers also need to be members of the hackspace. You can find out how to become a hackspace member here.

There is a separate subscription for the biohacking group. Biohacking is more expensive than the typical hackspace activity, and with your membership we can pay for reagents, lab consumables and any equipment we may need for our experiments. The suggested minimum donation is £2 a week, but again, you can come along without joining. If you start to come regularly and use consumables then we'd like you to pay. Details on how to setup payment to become a biohackspace member are here: Details of Membership.

We also have an arrangement for people who just want to support the biohackspace work and lab costs, and do not intend to regularly attend the biolab to do science. If you want to become a remote member, or to donate equipment and make a regular contribution, and you can make contact here by email, or see the Donations/Remote members page for more details.

However it's not essential to become a member just to come along initially and find out what we do.


The biohackspace operates as a Company Limited by guarantee. The legal details of this are here


We are currently well equipped to carry out molecular biology experiments. The lab space on Hackney Road was a CL1 approved lab and we are aiming to reestablish that in Wembley.

Current Projects

  • Hacking the lab
  • * Recommissioning RO water system
  • * Recommissioning Laminar Flow system
  • * Building Laminar Flow System into a hood
  • Culturing Local Algae
  • Lab Automation
  • Stirling Engine for Cryogenics

Completed Projects

Future Projects

Add your own!

Our lab

Our lab is small in size but we have tried to make good use of the tight space to incorporate all the equipment we need to carry out interesting projects. You can see a floor plan of the lab here.

We are currently working towards being are a certified Containment Level 1 Lab (more details on biosafety classifications).

The Lab is the registered office of our limited company, London Biological Laboratories, used to deal with suppliers.

How to use the Lab

Please do not touch things in the lab if you do not know what they are or how to use them. Many items may be hazards to your health if used incorrectly.

Our lab manual details our equipment, reagents, strains and our established protocols.

Starting your own lab?

We have some notes on starting your own biolab based on our experiences.

Equipment we made

Our hope is to be able to use self-developed or open source hardware equipment where possible in order to carry out our projects. Here is what we have done so far:

A list of biohacking hardware projects is here Project:Biohardware

Equipment Pledges

Biohacking Wishlist



A primer for synthetic biology


Proposed code of conduct

See here: