Biochemistry students lead first Oxford University team in iGEM competition
A group of students from Oxford University will compete for the first time in the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition.
Some of the Oxford University 2014 iGEM team
The team of 12 students, founded by four second-year Biochemists, won funding from BBSRC, The Wellcome Trust, The Biochemical Society, and The Society for General Microbiology to participate. The competition culminates in a conference in Boston in November.
Glen Gowers, Philipp Lorenz, Corinna Oswald, and Andrew Russell have brought together a group of biochemists, engineers, biologists, chemists, and law and PPE students. They will spend eight weeks in the Summer investigating how they can use synthetic biology to solve a world problem.
The team will develop a strategy for the safe disposal of the ubiquitous chemical solvent DCM (dichloro methane) through manipulation of bacterial metabolism.
As well as giving the students the opportunity to carry out some fascinating research, the project will also encourage them to participate in outreach programmes exploring the impact of their research on society. This will be at the heart of the team's project design and will shape its outcome.
At the conference in Boston, the team will be joined by over 400 others from Universities around the world. They will give an oral and poster presentation of their work and submit a 'wiki' webpage in the hope of winning a prestigious prize.
The 2014 iGEM Oxford University team