Marina Kidisyuk, BCom student and co-president of the uOttawa International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) program, is happy to announce that their team has won a gold medal at the 2015 Giant Jamboree held in Boston on September 24-28. “Our tireless work has paid off and the judges loved our policy project aimed at creating a stronger link between industry and the iGEM's BioBrick Registry to which we submit the genetic parts,” she says.
The uOttawa iGem team consisted of:
- Alex Ross (Biomedical Science)
- Erin Nguyen (Engineering)
- Ashna Parbhakar (Biomedical Science)
- Martin Hanzel (Computer Science)
- Marina Kidisyuk (Accounting)
The team also got to see many other exciting and inspiring projects, ranging from bacteria-producing music to oil filtration systems.
More than 2700 participants were present this year from schools from all around the world to test their knowledge of synthetic biology by showcasing their unique genetically-engineered systems. Often times, the competition leads to many winning projects and teams forming new companies that quickly make an impact across the global marketplace.