Meet the Bento community

See how people are using Bento Lab around the world

Molecular Biology as a Hobby

University student Edoardo Gianni and his friends are building their own molecular biology projects outside of the classroom. Edoardo has a passion for marine plankton that glow at night, called dinoflagellates. He hopes to soon identify the genes that makes the plankton glow!

Eduardo Gianni

“Bento brings to molecular biology what Arduino brought to electronics.” – Edoardo Gianni

Stephane Boyer

Researching Biodiversity
and hands-on teaching

Stephane Boyer is a Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland New Zealand. He uses Bento Lab to teach Molecular Biology to students interested in a biodiversity. He also offers 1 or 2 days outreach workshops for school kids and the general public. Stephane’s research focuses on biodiversity assessment and species identification. He often travels to remote places to collect DNA samples, and using Bento Lab he can check that the samples are of good quality before bringing them back to the lab.

“Bento Lab allows me to give each student real hands-on experience in molecular analysis. I want to put a Bento Lab in the hands of everyone of my students” – Stephane Boyer

Decoding the DNA of Beer
for precision brewing

Founder of BeerDeCoded, Gianpaolo Rando is on a mission to understand craft beer at molecular level. Inside a Swiss biohackerspace he prepares DNA libraries for sequencing 1,000 beer microbiomes with the Bento Lab. Portable genomics can also help breweries to understand their processes, benchmark new recipes and explore new brewing spaces.

Gianpaolo Rando - Beer DeCoded

“With a Bento Lab it is much easier to survive the postdocalypse and keep doing genetic research.” – 
Gianpaolo Rando

Dr Karl Perron, BiOutils

biology in every classroom

BiOutils is a science communication platform from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Its mission is to support the teaching of modern experimental biology, providing material and know-how to teachers and classrooms. Active since 2007, its services are requested by 100% of the Geneva secondary schools and teachers enjoy with increasing demand its fundamental support (Caine et al., 2015b). With Bento Lab, BiOutils will bring to classrooms an innovative approach to perform experimental biology, allowing every student to manage their own mini-laboratory!

“Bento Lab helps me fulfil my dream… bringing a piece of a real research lab into a classroom environment!” –
Dr. Karl Perron, BiOutils group leader and Microbiologist

Recording Fungi
for local citizen science

David Harries is a fungus enthusiast. As part of the Pembrokeshire Fungus Recording Network, he documents and collects fungus fruit bodies. Using Bento Lab, the team extracts fungal DNA from tiny specimen fragments, and isolates and verifies a “barcode” section of the DNA from each sample. Working with a local university, these samples are then sent away for sequencing. The information gained from the DNA sequences, combined with field observations and microscopical characters, contributes to a better understanding of the relationships between fungus collections in Pembrokeshire, UK.

David Harries

“Bento Lab enables citizen scientists to explore fungal diversity and gain a better understanding of the science that underpins molecular studies.” – David Harries

Kevin Chen

Engineering Medicine
and democratising science

As a founder of both the medical startup Hyasynth and a DIYbio community, Kevin is often traveling, speaking and engaging with the public. While the rest of his lab stays in Montreal, he brings Bento Lab with him to teach and demonstrate what a molecular biology lab is, and maybe also do an experiment or two.

“I can’t wait till my entire biology lab is the size of my laptop.” – Kevin Chen