How To Grow (almost) Anything

How To Grow (almost) Anything

MAS.63 Spring 2021

Lectures: Tuesdays 2-5p ET, Recitations: Wednesdays 5p ET


Building upon the tradition of ‘How to Make (Almost) Anything,’ we are offering ‘How to Grow (Almost) Anything,’ a course to teach experienced bio-enthusiasts and those new to the life sciences alike skills at the cutting edge of bioengineering and synthetic biology. 

Class Instructors & Lecturers


Teaching Assistants

  • Alex Mijalis (Harvard Medical School)
  • Bob Hendrikx (MIT Media Lab, Community Bio Initiative)
  • Erkin Kuru (Harvard Medical School)
  • Eyal Perry (MIT Media Lab, Molecular Machines)
  • Jessica Weber (Harvard Medical School)
  • Pat Pataranutaporn (MIT Media Lab, Fluid Interfaces)
  • Patrick Fortuna (Harvard Medical School)
  • Sebastian Kamau (MIT Media Lab, Sculpting Evolution)
  • Teja Jammalamadaka (MIT Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Verena Volf (Harvard Medical School)


  • Berenice Estrada - Community Biotechnology Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Desiree Dudley - Community Biotechnology Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Student Pages


Permission of the instructor.  All prospective students must submit an application for the course found here. As we have limited enrollment, please apply as soon as you can.

We ultimately aim to curate a group of diverse students that, collectively, have wet lab experience, hardware and making experience (e.g., having taken 'How to Make (Almost) Anything'), and other creative or technical experience (e.g., design, art).



  • 80% weekly assignments and class participation
  • 20% final project

Class Contents

Previous Years

Class Resources


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Twist Bioscience for HTGAA 2021


  • David S. Kong, Main Instructor : dkong[at]