ShanghaiTech Undergraduates Win IGEM Prizes
Author:Office of International Affairs            Date:2016-11-28            Browse:1277

On October 31st, the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (IGEM) finals were held in Boston. This year 5,600 participants across 42 countries took part in the iGEM Competition, the world's premier synthetic biology competition for university and high school students. iGEM celebrated the achievements of 300 student-led teams as they unveiled their solutions to global challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. Two teams of ShanghaiTech University sophomores and juniors won gold and silver medals respectively.


Team Aconceived and proposed an integrative artificial photosynthesis platform, Solar Hunter, in which engineered strains, living biofilms and biofilms-interfaced semiconductor nanomaterials reside in harmony, carefully divide individuals' labor and synergistically work towards value-added products. Moreover, the team also participated in the Interlab Project studied by universities around the world and realized the standardization of GFP (green fluorescent protein) characterization.


Team B created a magic agent Gutrio (a combination of GUT and the adventurer MARIO) which is supposed to lock on targets, adjust its weapon type and even call reinforcements in order to treat IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and can be applied as a platform for treating other diseases as well.


Assistant Professor Zhong Chao from School of Physical Science and Technology and Assistant Professor Shen Wei from School of Life Science and Technology served as mentors and teachers from laboratories and big scientific facilities offered technical help. Throughout the competition, the students not only improved their research capabilities but also learned team spirit. They themselves arranged everything including experiment design, website construction, poster preparation to project demonstration.


The iGEM Foundation is dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration.The main program at the iGEM Foundation is the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. The iGEM Competition is the premiere student competition in Synthetic Biology. Since 2004, participants have experienced education, teamwork, sharing, and more in a unique competitive setting.

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