Team meeting around plants

Core Lab Team for Soil Microbiome Project

CCC’s Biotechnology program has developed a partnership with a community group called Urban Tilth to study the soil as they develop it at their North Richmond Farm. Urban Tilth has been active in Richmond for over 10 years with a mission is to build a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. CCC’s biotechnology program will contribute microbiome information about the living organisms that Urban Tilth is nurturing in the soil to turn barren land into a really productive food source for the community!

Our Core Lab team analyzes soil productivity in the lab, and performs DNA extraction, sequencing, and bioinformatics techniques to identify and analyze the bacterial communities present in the plants and in the soil.

6  hours per week: Mondays 4:40-7:30, Wednesdays 4:10-7:00   

Sign up for BIOSC157-1127 and BIOSC 159-1135

What will I be doing as a member of the Core Lab Team?

  • Opportunity to use cutting-edge reagents and techniques to perform real research
  • Sample, assay and analyze soil to generate data for a long term study with the goal of a scientific publication useful to our client and
  • Develop and test protocols using troubleshooting techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control tools and processes common in biomanufacturing
  • Prepare and present communications for our ‘client’, Urban Tilth, and also scientific audiences
  • While much less than the 10-40 hours/week you’d spend at an internship, you’ll gain a good amount of professional experience by joining this team.

Click here to see what the Spring 2017 Core lab team accomplished!

CCC’s Biotechnology Program has also developed partnerships with a biotech company called iCultiver and a USDA-UC Berkeley (PGEC) researcher named Devin Coleman-Derr to provide technical support and expertise for our work.  This project and these partnerships are expected to continue for 5-10 years as the soil at the farm develops.

A project of Contra Costa College’s Biotechnology Program with support from:  CCC, CA’s Strong Workforce Program funds, Deputy Sector Navigator

Developed and led by:  Dr. Katherine Krolikowski, Biotechnology Program Coordinator – In Partnership with:   Doria Robinson, Director of Urban Tilth, Dr. Rajnish Khanna, Founder and President of iCultiver, Dr. Devin Coleman-Derr, USDA-UC Berkeley PGEC, Brian Williams, Laboratory Technician, CCC Biotech Department

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