About The Baltimore Underground Science Space

BUGSS is a non-profit public laboratory offering classes, seminars, and lab access so that anyone can safely and affordably investigate the living world. We are a community of amateurs, professionals, citizen
scientists, activists, and artists exploring biotechnology through scientific and artistic investigations. We hope to serve as a space for open dialogue, and “learning through doing” as Synthetic Biology and new biological technologies become
more relevant to our everyday lives. As with any new technology, there are big hopes and big fears, and public debate is often heated and uninformed. By democratizing these technologies we hope to facilitate more nuanced dialogue and
exploration of the incredible potential, as well as limitations and ethical issues.

Our Amazing Staff & Board

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Tom Burkett

Chair of the Board

Professor at Community College of Baltimore County

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Lisa Scheifele

Executive Director and Board Member

Associate Professor of Biology at Loyola University Maryland

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Anne Hamburger

Board Member

Professor Emeritus University of Maryland

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Ryan Hoover

Board Member

Interdisciplinary Artist and Researcher Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art

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J. Casey Lippmeier

Board Member

Vice President, Research & Development at Conagen, Inc.

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Dileep Monie

Board Member

MD-PhD Student at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

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Ed Wonilowicz

Biosafety Officer

Certified Safety Professional (CSP) since 1997