Resident Program

Our Mission

Manylabs supports independent scientists and makers pursuing "science for good" projects. We emphasize education and open data/open source because ultimately, we want learners of any age to have access to and become comfortable with data, scientific processes, and mathematical representations of the world. Practicing and teaching scientific principles is critical for our wellbeing. By using data to address real-world problems, we hope communities can make scientific arguments that can fuel civic change. Our residency program aims to increase collaboration within and outside of our own community, inspiring project advancement and innovation.

Our Building

The Manylabs workspace opened in March of 2015 and is under active development. Located in the SoMa area of San Francisco on Folsom Street, our building is a three-story repurposed industrial space. The first floor is an exhibit and event space, the second floor is a makers' workshop, and the top floor houses our open office for current residents.

6-Month Residencies

Through a competitive application process, residencies are offered to individuals whose "science for good" efforts are poised to transform science, education, and beneficiary wellness. Our residents have deep portfolios in their respective areas of expertise bridging science, computer science, electronics, manufacturing, education, and/or educational technologies.

Apply here if you are new to Manylabs.

Apply here if you are a renewing resident.

Applications are due on the 15th of each month, and 6-month terms for accepted applicants begin on the 1st of the following month. Interested in a tour before you apply? Please email our executive director, Dvorit: dvorit at

Made Possible by...

Manylabs is funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Current Residents

Mac Cowell

Mac is working on new mechanisms for describing and sharing biological protocols. A digitial format and digital repository for protocols would improve re-use and reproducibility.

Ken McGary

Ken is designing and building Arduino-compatible hardware for air quality sensing. His echem328 board allow the recording of high-accuracy measurements from electrochemical sensors (e.g. for measuring carbon monoxide).

Jorrit Poelen

Jorrit works on an open-source ecological search engine, Global Biotic Interactions, to make existing species interaction data (e.g. predator-prey, plant-pollinator, host-parasite) openly available to (citizen) scientists and educators.

James Cybulski

James, Manu Prakash, and collaborators are working on paper microscopes and other affordable devices for science. The paper microscopes allow people around the world new access to scientific observation.

Van Duesterberg

Van is finishing her dissertation in Biophysics at Stanford and is building an aquaponics exhibit and curriculum at Manylabs.

Rick Zuzow

Rick is designing low-cost scientific tools for education and development to support innovators from any socioeconomic background. The current project is to obviate labor intensive and contamination prone methods of cell-culture by designing low-cost automated bioreactors.

Gary McDowell

Gary is with Future of Research (FoR), a non-profit aiming to give young scientists a voice in science policy. FoR aims to advocate for transparency in training and research practices promoting effective, sustainable science; and to address issues ranging from funding to open science. The goal is to bring benefit to young scientists, the whole scientific research enterprise, and the public.

Tito Jankowski

Tito is working on creating a worldwide network of labs built for climate change. There are a handful of climate change related projects at every hackerspace, startup incubator, and university. However, there is no resource dedicated to bringing together these diverse audiences. The opportunity is to connect contributors together in labs purpose built for climate change science.

Cere Davis

Cere is a science artist and artistic director for Counter Culture Labs. She focuses on creative ways of bridging the rigid boundaries between the fields of science and art. Her art is currently focused on interactive moving sculpture exhibits that invite us to re-evaluate our connection with the natural world.

Eric Maundu

Growing up in a semi-arid part of Kenya, Eric watched people struggle to raise families in places with marginal rainfall and sandy soil. He studied engineering and built a career in high-tech industry. He then started Kijani Grows, whose mission is to use technology to solve basic human problems such as hunger. His current focus is education, using smart farming as a tool for reducing friction in learning basic principles.

Marc Juul

Marc works on decentralized tools to facilitate the sharing of open wetware, software and data between biohackers and academic researchers.

Katie Patrick

Katie is working on behavior change tools and sensor systems for reducing waste.

David Cole

David is developing curricula for paper-based circuits for education. These materials bring together student writing, science education, and data visualization.

Rebecca E. Skinner

Rebecca is working with Manylabs on a low-cost sensor project to measure criteria pollutants in the Eastern Neighborhoods of San Francisco and the Peninsula, at a more geographically dense resolution than has previously been carried out.

Mika McKinnon

Mika is a disaster researcher and irrepressible science communicator. She's playing with fluid dynamics, capturing their beauty in a box for DIY physics experiments.

Christopher Leavitt

Christopher is working to establish a captive breeding colony of Tiburon Lily, a California threatened plant, using cutting edge tissue culture laboratory techniques.

Daniel Enking

Everflux is developing a way to fully automate a small, low cost anaerobic digester, to be used at restaurants to turn food waste into renewable natural gas and bio-fertilizer. Daniel envisions a world where all organic “waste” can be recycled at the waste source.

Constance Taylor

Constance is a co-founder of the California Center for Natural History. She is a big fan of all things stinky, squishy, and slimy. In 2015 she co-founded the California Center for Natural History to provide more natural history learning opportunities for anyone who wanted to get closer to the more-than-human world, but wasn't sure where to start.

Nik Bertulis

Nik is working on the California Center for Natural History. He is an educator, naturalist and designer. He has taught and developed ecology and sustainability curriculum at Merritt College, San Francisco Art Institute and PLACE for Sustainable Living. He is currently obsessed with wildlife corridors and is on the board of the Watershed Alliance of Marin and the Oakleyville Cooperative.

Tony Iwane

Tony is working on the California Center for Natural History. Since moving to the East Bay in 2006, Tony has fallen in love with California's wildlife and can often be found outdoors looking for snakes, bugs, birds and sometimes even mammals. He is passionate about introducing the natural world to people of all walks of life, especially those in underserved communities.

Angela Pai

Angela is working on the California Center for Natural History. After decades of hiking on regional trails, she has begun to learn a thing or two about local wildlife. She is currently a part-time student at Merritt College in Oakland, where she takes natural history and plant identification courses.

Lo Scheiner

Lo is working on the California Center for Natural History. She is an amateur naturalist and part-time natural history student at Merritt College. She wants to know everything: what's that called, why does it do that weird thing, and how is it connected to everything else. She is interested in working to make CCNH events accessible to people with disabilities.

Bill Gray

Bill is developing a low cost automated Ion Exchange Chromatography (IC) apparatus to measure dissolved ion concentrations in water.

Steven Byrd

Steven is working on software related to endangered species and potential invasive species.

Dan Walsh

In conjunction with the Bay Area Brain Hackers, Dan is working on a sub-$20 EEG device to make the technology more accessible and to stimulate neuroscience research.

Tim Walsh

Tim's contagious curiosity continuously compels creative collaboration. He is currently passionate about growing the San Francisco Raspberry Pi community through events, sponsorships, and open source projects.

Keegan Cooke

Keegan is working on STEM education kits, including one with bioluminescing dinoflagellates and one involving remote controlling microbes via phototaxis.

Karla Hargrave

Karla is helping to revitalize The Soundscape Support Team, a network-based initiative begun by Katherine & Bernie Krause to build support for the earth’s vital natural soundscapes. Through the lens of their work in the field of soundscape ecology, we hope to offer meet-ups, workshops, and presentations to benefit science, art, and education to engage and empower our diverse communities.

Bryan Day

Bryan is a San Francisco-based sound artist and musical instrument inventor. His current work utilizes photo sensor arrays and magnetic audio encoding for gestural sound performance and composition. These components are the basis of a kinetic sound installation he is designing and building at Manylabs.

Dan Lurie

Dan is the lead organizer of Brainhack San Francisco, a community-organized hackathon and unconference focused on encouraging and supporting open collaboration in neuroscience. He is a PhD student in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

Ellen Ferriss

Ellen works with Keegan at Magical Microbes! She is developing new STEM education kits, one with bioluminescing dinoflagellates and one with remote-controlled algae.

Matthew Eshed

Matthew is exploring the limits to scaling environmental technology, through engagement of stakeholders across universities, industry, and governments (the triple helix). He is building an engagement methodology that blends manufacturing best practices, the lean startup methodology, and organizational development.

Elisabeth Sylvan

Elisabeth develops programs and tools for learners and their communities to create real-world data investigations. She is Senior Research Scientist at NEXMAP where she works with Manylabs Fellow, David Cole, on Open Data/Open Minds.

Marc Roth

Marc is defragmenting the design to fabrication process and creating a protocol in order to reduce consumerism. The world needs a Maker Manufacturing Protocol; Marc hopes it will be created by his company, Abricate, and curated by the crowd, with a platform built on top, as well.

Andy Lee

Andy is the lead production engineer at Abricate. He has 15+ years experience as a robotic's design engineer. He presented at the first Open Hardware Summit and organized the Marker Startup Weekend, which was the first hardware-themed startup weekend hack-a-thon. He presented open source furniture plans at the first Maker Faire in 2006 and the first DIY 3D printer at a Maker Faire in 2008.


Jenny Buck

Jenny is exploring ways for citizen to make observations of patterns in nature. The challenge will be finding ways to engage users in order to for citizen to gather large amounts of data and use the data to uncover new patterns.

Sherry Hsi

Sherry is working with students on low-cost approaches to science/engineering education using interactive projects built from readily available materials.

Kate Wing

Kate works on tools to open up and improve fish data. Her Manylabs residency will focus on ocean outreach and citizen science along with collaborative efforts to make fisheries data more accessible, visible and useful.

Rachel Kalmar

Rachel is exploring data ecosystems, especially centered around wearable technology. An individual might collect data about her/his self, but then that data becomes tangled in issues of data ownership, privacy, and business models.

Ariel Waldman

Ariel is working on science and space outreach. Her projects include Science Hack Day and

Dav Clark

Dav is exploring ways of instrumenting workspaces (and other spaces) to measure social interactions, human well-being, and other human-oriented factors.

Adam Becker

Adam is a freelance astrophysicist. He's the managing editor of the Open Journal of Astrophysics, a new open-access astrophysics research journal. He's also writing a book about the sordid untold history of quantum physics, to be published in 2017 by Basic Books.

Jean Rintoul

Jean is building Biohackables, an Instructables for biology. The goal is to make an easy-to-search repository of biology-related open source tools and DIY experiments, enabling community and collaboration.

Watson Xi

Watson is studying how technology can be used to amplify self-awareness. The objective is to build a wearable biometric device which can identify —and trigger awareness of—states of excessive anxiety, defocus, depression etc. in the moments in which they happen, giving the user a chance to intervene early and reset the course of their day.

Teo Courtney

Teo is engineering biosensors using synthetic plant biology. The aim of the project is to engineer plants with gene circuits that produce rapid, easy to measure signals to asses stress (e.g. low water, nutrients, light, etc.) in real time. These plants will be used to optimize stress parameters in controlled LED grow systems and traditional agriculture.

Mary Ward

Mary is launching an international collaborative hardware project to assay mRNA in space. This hardware would allow scientists to study the cause of increased virulence of microbes in microgravity and act as a proof of molecular protocols in space. She is also building a website for biohackers and non-traditional scientists to post their projects.


Dvorit Mausner

Dvorit is the executive director of Manylabs. With a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, Dvorit is happy to be working in science after a hiatus since graduation. She is utilizing her past career experiences in entrepreneurship, community management, and social enterprise to carry Manylabs through its next chapter of growth.