To start an iGem team at UDel, we are looking for interested students and faculty. We are hosting a presentation all about iGEM on October 25th at 4:30 PM in DBI 102. More information about the competition can be found at www.igem.org. For any questions about iGEM at UDel, please email Sam Keating at firstname.lastname@example.org
iGEM stands for the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, which aims to advance the field of synthetic biology. There are currently close to 300 universities that compete with interdisciplinary teams working inside the lab and doing computational analysis. University of Delaware does not currently have an iGEM team, but I have worked closely with an iGEM team for several years at UMBC as an undergraduate. We designed a project for heavy metal remediation using engineered E. coli and won a bronze medal. Our data went towards a mathematical model that can predict optimal enzyme concentrations to be engineered into a new cell line to give the most copper resistance.
iGEM teams have carried out a wide array of projects including aptamer discovery, CRISPR/Cas9 site optimization, 3D biofilm printers, and new transformation methods. The timeline for an iGEM team focuses on spending the most time in the lab during the summer. Registration for university teams happens around April and gene libraries are mailed out shortly after. Planning and computational predictions start when the team starts meeting early in the calendar year and continue throughout the summer leading up to the conference and competition around October.
BiSA hosted a "welcome back" picnic at Lums pond Saturday, Sept 17th at 11 am. BiSA members enjoyed kayaking on the pond as well as a provided lunch.
The following students will be the BiSA officers in 2016-2017 academic year:
President – Irem Celen
Vice President – Modupe Adentunji
Secretary – Maddy MacDonald
Treasurer – Mengxi Lv
Funding from the National Center for Women and Information Technology Academic Alliance (NCWIT) and Symantec will provide undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Delaware an opportunity to participate in an e-textiles workshop this fall (UDaily Article).
CISters will have the support of the Bioinformatics Student Association (BiSA), and the IEEE-W organization at UD for promoting computer science and electronics during the workshop.
Dr. Liang Sun is the first student to graduate from the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology PhD Program in the University of Delaware, which was launched in Fall 2012 (CBCB News).
His dissertation, performed under the supervision of Dr. Carl Schmidt, Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, was focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying heat stress.
Dr. Liang has already been offered and accepted a position to work with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as a Bioinformatics Analyst & Programmer in the Computing Services Department of the Administrative Division.
The following people will be the BiSA officers in 2015-2016 academic year:
President – Allen Hubbard
Vice President – Deepika Prasad
Secretary – Irem Celen
Treasurer – Ryan Moore