Here you can take a closer look on what we have been up to and when. Just hover over dates to see date specific tasks and click on + sign for more information!
NB: This page is still under construction so there might be some bugs and information missing. Updated: 2.8.2023
14 / 12 / 2022
Talked about what iGEM is, what last year’s team did, what are the next steps in this project and then the team members got to know each other a little bit.
11 / 01 / 2023
Held first official team meeting where we selected team leaders, went through some practicalities and started brainstorming.
24 / 01 / 2023
We discussed office and work spaces, met a new team member and started brainstorming.
31 / 01 / 2023
We decided sub team leaders for human practices, dry lab, wet lab and IT, talked about each group's responsibilities and met yet another new team member.
09 / 02 / 2023
First group photo of the team and a caption that says we are excited for this iGEM journey.
14 / 02 / 2023
We discussed this year’s team logo, making of one-pager and upcoming presentation for Suomen bioteollisuus ry.
Started to vision our team values, talked about Bioteollisuus Forum presentation, looked at the medal criteria and started to plan our education journey
26 / 06 / 2023
Post about our logo with the new team colors that Jesse picked out (team voted which combo is the best). Quote from the caption: We wanted to carry on the tradition where the new ABOA team picks out their own new colors for the team logo!
28 / 02 / 2023
We agreed on future meeting time, what medals we would like to aim for and talked about labs.
06 / 03 / 2023
Mariel and Ami went to present ABOA for 15 min to second-year biochemistry students to promote ABOA, iGEM and recruit new team members.
07 / 03 / 2023
We agreed on time for a team photoshoot and brainstormed for professionals to contact about our project idea.
09/ 03 / 2023
Meeting with our PI to talk about the project topics we have been thinking about. We narrowed down the possible topics to a few of them.
10 / 03 / 2023
Planned fundraising strategy, wrote an email base and set responsibilities to each subteam member.
11 / 03 / 2023
Sara and Mariel went to have a cup of coffee and tea. We discussed what should be done and when. Basic team administration.
13 / 03 / 2023
Sara and Saana went to present ABOA for 15 min to third-year students to promote ABOA, iGEM and recruit team members. We got two team members after this!!
14 / 03 / 2023
We took our first professional group photos and individual photos at Quantum. After the photoshoot we went to a pub to hangout.
15 / 03 / 2023
We met our new group members from Åbo Akademi, talked about starting a promotion video and discussed lab status.
21 / 03 / 2023
Talked about fundraising status, future school visits and what researchers have been contacted.
23 / 03 / 2023
Promo video planning, decided how to execute the individual introductions on Instagram and updated our social media accounts.
We introduced every team member on Instagram: their name, what they study, what sub teams they are part of and favorite things.
28 / 03 / 2023
We talked with Aino, who is a preschool teacher at Ilpoisten päiväkoti, to talk about how we should teach the children about synthetic biology.
29 / 03 / 2023
Satu and Joakim had a meeting with Jasper. They visited the lab, the warehouse and talked about the lab work in general.
Went through what lab teams are doing, what is the budget (750€) and agreed on team values.
31 / 03 / 2023
Participated in a World Health Day collaboration that was organized by the Patras Medicine iGEM team. We made and decorated a poster about Joyce Meyer’s quote. We sent a photo of us with the poster to Patras Medicine and they made an Instagram compilation of iGEM teams who participated.
03 / 04 / 2023
Sara and Ami held a presentation about ABOA and our project. We got a grant from the University of Turku after this meeting.
04 / 04 / 2023
Talked about fundraising status, future school visits and team shirts.
We sent fundraising emails to companies together and applied for grants.
11 / 04 / 2023
We visited Ilpoisten päiväkoti and taught 3- to 5-year-old children about lab safety and cell modification.
12 / 04 / 2023
Talked about collaboration with the Aalto-Helsinki team and arranging a meeting with them. Discussed also about our research plan and team registration.
We brainstormed promo video ideas and decided the plan and schedule for the execution.
13 / 04 / 2023
We discussed how to do the team registration.
14 / 04 / 2023
Talked overall about Synechocystis, what things need to be considered when growing cyanobacteria, how to monitor cell functions and how to handle mercury in the lab.
18 / 04 / 2023
In honor of Earth Day we participated in a Clean Up collaboration that was organized by the iGEM Bulgaria team. We cleaned up the area near our campuses.
Went through IT, media and lab statuses, talked about registration and made a plan for summer.
19 / 04 / 2023
We had an opportunity to talk about synthetic biology, our project and iGEM in general in the Bioteollisuus Forum that was organized by Finnish Bioindustries. Before our presentation we learn about the current situation of synthetic biology in Finland and the different Finnish companies in this field. After the presentations we had the chance to have eye-opening conversations with the representatives of various bioindustry companies and organizations.
25 / 04 / 2023
Sara and Mariel had a meeting with our PI. They registered the team for the iGEM competition and discussed how to proceed. They also got some very good advice as team leaders from the PI.
02 / 05 / 2023
Went through our current budget, upcoming events and lab team got everyone up to date on what was happening.
04 / 05 / 2023
Discussed the promo video and its schedule, started to plan our education campaign and decided upon our project reveal.
Discussed how to get started with lab, research and what things need to be considered in the different phases of the project.
09 / 05 / 2023
We started our educational campaign on Instagram. We explained different synthetic biology terms and topics regarding our projects.
We had a Zoom meeting with the other Finnish team: Aalto-Helsinki. We presented our project ideas and talked about collaboration ideas.
10 / 05 / 2023
Talked about upcoming lab orientation, collaboration status with the Aalto-Helsinki team and project status.
Discussed our interest in Turku’s Comic Festival, decided the plan for Tiedekoulu visit, planned our future events and compiled a list of questions that you help start the conversations with our stakeholders.
12 / 05 / 2023
Visited an upper secondary school in Helsinki called Kulosaaren yhteiskoulu. We taught them about our project, iGEM and different biology terms especially those regarding genetically modified organisms. To activate the audience and get the conversation following, the students got to brainstorm their own iGEM project and we went through those together in the classroom.
15 / 05 / 2023
Everyone who wanted to work in the lab during the summer needed to participate in a laboratory orientation which Anniina Lepistö held in order to ensure the safety of us and others. We walked through the different lab facilities, learned protocols regarding autoclave and other devices, learned about the break room etiquette (if you drink coffee, you bring coffee) and said hi to various people working in the lab.
We visited Turku’s Tiedekoulu (Science school in English) and there we taught the children about cells, microscopes and together we extracted DNA from bananas.
16 / 05 / 2023
We had a meeting with the subteam leaders to check that everything is already for the upcoming summer months.
Talked about the Biotop meeting, project name and future collaborations and upcoming events.
17 / 05 / 2023
Went over research to decide the genes we would be working with. Then started to design the genes and the construct.
22 / 05 / 2023
Went over what progress has been made and how we should continue.
23 / 05 / 2023
Had a meeting with Aalto-Helsinki and Heureka. We discussed the possible workshops and dates for the education events.
24 / 05 / 2023
We planned our future Human practice work and education journey: we planned how to organize
25 / 05 / 2023
We discussed what are the sources and impacts of mercury in aquatic ecosystems.
We discussed forestry, its history and future, how forestry is done on marshlands. We discussed ditching of marshlands and what are its impacts on forests, ecosystems and mercury emissions.
29 / 05 / 2023
We discussed water purification technologies, ditching of marshlands, processed waters and the fertilization of marshland forests.
30 / 05 / 2023
We went through the budget, talked about making a project reveal video and what was going on with human practises and collaborations.
31 / 05 / 2023
We discussed mercury in ecosystems, its impact, Minamata convention and eutrophication of bodies of water. We also got some very good advice concerning scientific research.
01 / 06 / 2023
Joakim met with Linda Vuorijoki and they discussed about codons and how to harmonize them.
Our team shirts arrived which were provided to us by Turku University of Applied Sciences.
05 / 06 / 2023
To celebrate World Environment Day, we published the collaboration video we organized. We asked various iGEM teams to tell us how they are saving this environment. Huge thank you to all the amazing teams that participated: iGEM Thrace, iGEM MIT-MAHE, iGEM Aix-Marseille, iGEM TU Braunschweig, iGEM UniCRETE and iGEM TU Dresden.
We began our lab work! We started growing Escherichia coli (E. coli) culture to extract constructs. We prepared samples for P0, P1, P23S, P24S and P6.
06 / 06 / 2023
We prepared glycerol samples of P0, P1, P23S, P24S and P6. We also performed plasmid minipreps on the above-mentioned E. coli cultures.
07 / 06 / 2023
We prepared BG-11 medium for cyanobacteria.
08 / 06 / 2023
Discussed our ideas, the schedule and how are we preceding with the wiki building.
09 / 06 / 2023
We made our first liquid culture of cyanobacteria.
12 / 06 / 2023
We made Synechocystis PCC803 glycerol preps. We also grew more E. coli culture.
13 / 06 / 2023
Sara and Mariel double checked our implication grant application and then sent it.
Talked about the upcoming Turku comic festival, organizing group funding with Kulttuurilahja and contacting press and other media.
We filled out the village decision preference form.
We made more E. coli minipreps. We also had a meeting with our primary assistant professor Pauli Kallio.
14 / 06 / 2023
We took group photos and individual photos with our new team shirts. We also filmed a part of the promo video.
We posted our project reveal on our social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and TikTok.
We had a research day when we planned our next experiments.
15 / 06 / 2023
Promo video team took a trip to a nearby marshland called Pomponrahka. We filmed parts of the promo video.
We prepared competent E. coli cells for transformation.
18 / 06 / 2023
IT put up our project description on our wiki page.
19 / 06 / 2023
Together with our PI Satu looked over our safety form and sent the preliminary version.
We prepared antibiotic-free BG-11 growth plates with Synechocystis PCC803. We had our weekly lab meeting, too.
20 / 06 / 2023
We prepared our genes (P3 sYFP2 and P4 RBS S4) and then performed heat-shock transformation to competent E. coli cells.
21 / 06 / 2023
We made glycerol preps and minipreps of the transformed E. coli cultures (P3 sYFP2 and P4 RBS S4).
22 / 06 / 2023
We measured the DNA concentrations in our E. coli (P3 sYFP2 and P4 RBS S4) miniprep samples using NanoDrop.
26 / 06 / 2023
Weekly lab meeting.
27 / 06 / 2023
Talked about the upcoming Study in Turku event, Heureka collaboration and Aalto-Helsinki meet up. Lab team got everyone up to speed.
We prepared LB and LBA media and grew E. coli cultures for P1, RBS S5 and EFE. Additionally, we had a meeting with our primary assistant professor Pauli Kallio.
28 / 06 / 2023
Discussed what to do, when and who is in charge. We also did team administration.
We made glycerol preps and minipreps of EFE, sYFP2, RBS S4, RBS S5 and P1 E. coli cultures.
29 / 06 / 2023
We had a meeting with our primary assistant professor Pauli Kallio.
03 / 07 / 2023
Weekly lab meeting.
04 / 07 / 2023
We started growing P0, P1 and RBS S4 E. coli cultures.
05 / 07 / 2023
We made glycerol preps and minipreps of P0, P1 and RBS S4 E. coli cultures and measured their DNA concentrations. We also made Synechocystis PCC803 preculture and E. coli cultures for P4 RBS S5, sYFP2, P2 RBS S3, P4 RBS S3 and P6 TT.
06 / 07 / 2023
We performed minipreps of P4 RBS S5, sYFP2, P2 RBS S3, P4 RBS S3 and P6 TT E. coli cultures. We also performed midipreps of promoter and backbone.
07 / 07 / 2023
We concentrated our DNA fragments by centrifugation.
10 / 07 / 2023
Discussed the trip to Paris and came up with team rules to keep up the work. Also some project administration.
We performed an assembly reaction for sYFP2/EFE and merA/merB.
11 / 07 / 2023
Went through what is going on in every subteam and how to proceed. We also agreed on the team rules.
Went through group funding status, talked about the upcoming HS Turku interview and how we would like to collaborate with the Edinburgh team.
We performed a heat-shock transformation (sYFP2/EFE and merA/merB) to E. coli.
12 / 07 / 2023
We prepared an E. coli liquid culture and performed a colony PCR.
13 / 07 / 2023
Helsingin Sanomat Turku division came to our lab to interview us about our project and synthetic biology.
We performed an assembly reaction for sYFP2/EFE and merA/merB.
14 / 07 / 2023
We performed a heat-shock transformation to E. coli and prepared agar plates.
15 / 07 / 2023
We made secondary E. coli cultures.
17 / 07 / 2023
We made new colonies and prepared colonies for a PCR reaction.
18 / 07 / 2023
Joakim made new gene order with added cutsites for cloning in pUC-19
We ran electrophoresis to analyze the results of PCR.
19 / 07 / 2023
We concentrated our DNA and ran a construct (P1, P2 RBS S3, P4 RBS S5 and P6 TT) assembly reaction.
20 / 07 / 2023
Discussed our implementation and who to contact to discuss our idea.
We performed a RecBCD reaction and transformation to competent E. coli cells.
21 / 07 / 2023
We made secondary E. coli cultures for PCR.
22 / 07 / 2023
iGEM Calgary organized an event called JulyGEM in which we participated via recording.
24 / 07 / 2023
We invited Aalto-Helsinki team to Turku. We went sightseeing, gave them a tour of our lab and campus, ate in our student cafeteria and got to know each other.
We had a conversation with a fisherman called Ari Savikko. He helped us understand the current situation of fish and our waters by telling us about artificial lakes Finland has and the way they have affected the environments.
We performed a PCR reaction.
25 / 07 / 2023
We had a conversation with a fisherman called Jaakko Ikonen. We discussed the history of mercury, the current situation and how different things affect fish and fishers.
Went through our current budget, upcoming events and wiki text status.
We ran electrophoresis to analyze the results of PCR.
26 / 07 / 2023
Discussed about gene reorder in vectors and decided on the ordering of primers. Also talked about the next upcoming weeks of the lab.
Discussed the Human Practice question upon the iGEM website and the vision about our work
We had a lab meeting where we discussed gene reorder in vectors and ordering of primers. We also planned the next upcoming weeks in the lab.
04 / 08 / 2023
We discussed and went over feedback we had about team members.
08 / 08 / 2023
We talked about who is going to Paris and booked our tickets!
Discussed the contribution, values and a possible field trip to a local lake and swamp area with an expert
15 / 08 / 2023
We planned a workshop and wiki home page
Talked about what the presentation video is, the schedule and the division of the workload
16 / 08 / 2023
We had a conversation with Elisa Männistö about swamps, ecology and the role they have in our ecosystems. We gain a lot from the conversation.
18 / 08 / 2023
We met with Laura to discuss the protection of the Baltic Sea, what things to consider in these types of projects and how our project can have a continuous impact on our waters. We received a lot of great points and questions we need to find answers to.
22 / 08 / 2023
We planned the Heureka workshops and Science Basement talk we are doing as a collaboration with Aalto-Helsinki. Unfortunately Aalto-Helsinki could not make it to the meeting but we got a lot of work done and sent our ideas to them.
Went through our project budget and collaboration plans.
28 / 08 / 2023
The lab team researched, planned and contacted experts about mercury and how to handle it responsibly.
29 / 08 / 2023
We visited a local underground wastewater treatment plant. We took a tour of their facilities, learned about their work and had a meeting with an expert to discuss biological purification and what to consider in wastewater treatment.
Talked about future events and went through every subteams status.
30 / 08 / 2023
We had a stand about our team, project and synthetic biology at the fair for new students of Turku. We met numerous new students, guided them with pipetting and got to answer and ask interesting questions.
31 / 08 / 2023
We had a Zoom meeting about our collaboration and decided to do a report about cyanobacteria and biosafety. Also we discussed our projects and shared feelings about the slow growth rate of Synechocystis.
02 / 09 / 2023
We organized a DNA, RNA & Protein workshop in Heureka, a science center in Vantaa, with the Aalto-Helsinki team. In the workshop the visitors learned about the power trio of life and got to build DNA & RNA themselves.
05 / 09 / 2023
We talked about what Katja and the Turun pursiseura does, the insights Turun pursiseura has regarding sailing and the Baltic Sea and then how we should consider them in our project.
Went through collaborations and lab stuff.
06 / 09 / 2023
We met our PI Pauli Kallio and discussed our implementation text and how to present our ideas the best way with visual aids.
07 / 09 / 2023
The Team Leaders discussed what has to be done and with what urgency. We did a delegation and planned the next steps of our project.
08 / 09 / 2023
We talked about the restoration of peatlands, what Hiilipörssi does and what things we should take into consideration regarding restoration in our project.
11 / 09 / 2023
We went over the first versions of our lab wiki texts with our advisors. They gave us really good comments and insights. We will take these points under consideration.
We went over the first versions of our Human Practice and other wiki texts with our advisors. They gave us really good comments and insights. We will take these points under consideration.
12 / 09 / 2023
16 / 09 / 2023
We organized a DNA, RNA & Protein workshop in Heureka, a science center in Vantaa, with the Aalto-Helsinki team. In the workshop the visitors learned about the power trio of life and got to build DNA & RNA themselves. The second time we added pipetting to the workshop in order to be more interactive and exciting.