We collaborated with varying IGEM teams via online platforms to pursue
active communication and feedback on our journey to spread synthetic biology.

Virtual Meetings

Our team reached out to many IGEM participating teams through instagram regardless of school level, to be able to broaden our perspectives or help each other along the way.

Makerere University Team

  • Date: 8/5
  • Time: 9:00PM (KST) 3:00PM (GMT+3)

Fig1 : Screenshot of the Meeting with Team Makerere University

We both shared the purpose and progress on our wet labs. We learned that the Makerere University team is developing a field adaptable biosensor for the detection of polyaromatic hydrocarbons, pyrene and phenanthrene, in water.

IFB-Gdansk Team

  • Date: 8/8
  • Time: 9:00PM (KST) 2:00PM (GMT+2)

Fig 2 : Screenshot of the Meeting with Team IFB-Gdansk

IFB-Gdansk Team is an undergraduate team from Gdańsk, Poland. Our team members were fascinated to know they mobilized enzymes, esterase and decarboxylase, to develop the filter that degrades endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They also shared that they used microbes to purify enzymes and the filter itself doesn’t include any organisms. Our members learned a lot in terms of the safety restrictions for LMO labs in different countries since the IFB-Gdansk team only used proteins to align with the safety restrictions.

CCU_Taiwan Team/h4>
  • Date: 8/29
  • Time: 9:00PM (KST) 8:00PM (GMT+8)

Fig 3 : Screenshot of the Meeting with Team CCU_Taiwan

CCU_Taiwan Team is a team of college students who we had an active discussion about the wet labs and data recording. CCU_Taiwan Team’s project is about improving the current Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) which is a testing technique utilizing a ligand-receptor specific conjunction and designing the DNA tetrahedron to develop a more easily detectable and affordable. They described that the CTC testing technique is for closer and faster monitoring of cancer metastasis detection.

Kings College London Team

  • Date: 9/2
  • Time: 9:00PM (KST) 1:00PM (GMT+1)

Fig 4: Screenshot of the Meeting with Team Kings College London

Kings College London team is an undergraduate team that works for improving colorectal cancer. We each shared the reason for our choice on the issue we chose. They said that the colorectal cancer is an universal issue in which it is one of the cases that young people have high risk when they have a poor diet. They were aiming to develop a diagnosis method for cancer. At the same time, we shared that we chose eutropication as our main issue ever since we recognized the real-life impacts lasting to the local people, about 20 million, who rely on the Nakdong river as a drinking water source.

Tübingen Team

  • Date: 8/8
  • Time: 9:30PM (KST) 2:30PM (GMT+2)

Fig 5: Screenshot of the Meeting with Team Tübingen

Tübingen team is an undergraduate team from Tübingen, Germany. Their goal was developing an artificial blood type. We are about to start with our wetlab part after a lot of molecular docking and careful research from our drylab team.

Reach Outs through Instagram

We sent direct messages to 40+ IGEM teams especially considering the teams that tackle the water issue. We messaged the progressed we made so far at that moment as well as our upcoming plans. Then, we asked what would their plans going to be. Here are some screenshots of the sharings.

Fig 6: Screenshot of the Message with Team Wageningen 2023

Team Wageningen 2023 is …

  • currently “working on solving frost damage in fruit trees by delaying flowering through bacterial interactions. It is a method that could theoretically work, but hasn’t been an actual research done by anyone.” Also, they hoped to insert the plant anti-flowering proteins into Arabidopsis to see their effect.
  • Aiming the end-product to be “engineered Pseudomonas fluorescens strain as the product that farmers put into the roots of trees and inserts the anti-flowering protein into root cells.”

Fig 7: Screenshot of the Message with Team Wageningen 2023

Team Bulgaria 2023 texted

“Our project CADABRA focuses on addressing the issue of antibiotic removal from hospital wastewater. Our main objective is to enhance the activity of natural metallo-beta-lactamases, specifically VIM and NDM, in order to effectively hydrolyze various types of beta-lactams, including carbapenems such as meropenem.”

Fig 8: Screenshot of the Message with Team CSMU Taiwan

Team CSMU Taiwan

  • actually gave us an honest response about the difficulties they were facing which led to the decision to the goal of the project from decomposing microplastic in textile industry to focusing on more specifically the “decolorization by removing the color stuck In the structure of PET.”
  • They told us there will be more future appoints with the local textile companies

Fig 9: Screenshot of the Message with Team Aix-Marseille

Team Aix-Marseille said…

  • “from our side in terms of the lab, we have succeeded in obtaining plasmids by the cloning method to allow our bacterium Pseudomonas Putida to produce alginate in large quantities,” as the current progress.
  • However, they needed to “test other mutations to find the best mutation to clone in the specific plasmids and find the ideal concentration of alginate to put in the hydrogels.”