RebelBio: For Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Life Sciences

RebelBio: For Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Life Sciences

  Do you feel a strong urge to commercialize your project or research into something that the world needs?  RebelBio, the world’s first early-stage life-sciences accelerator is seeking applications from ambitious scientists and entrepreneurs for its 2018 programs. RebelBio will invest up to $250,000, along with extensive business and scientific mentoring during a three-month long program, which will take place in London from January 8th to April 8th 2018. For an overview of the program, visit this link. To apply, go here...
Spotlight on geekStarters: Chris Isaac

Spotlight on geekStarters: Chris Isaac

Chris Isaac – member of ULethbridge iGEM team and dedicated geekStarter mentor – shares tips for designing successful bioengineering projects at the Lab skills workshop held at University of Lethbridge in March 2017   10 Quick Questions for Chris How would you describe yourself in one sentence? Something along the lines of a jack of all trades and a master of none: picking up the skills I need to know as I go. What do you love the most about your work/school? Having recently begun my Master’s at the University of Lethbridge, I most enjoy the freedom associated with studying at a higher level. While you have objectives that need to be met in your research program, it’s also possible to enjoy the full support of faculty in pursuing additional academic projects even if they don’t perfectly align with your supervisor’s laboratory goals. What is your best accomplishment so far? Most recently, I had the good fortune to collaborate with wonderful people on the Lethbridge Collegiate iGEM team while working on a fantastic project. As a result of our efforts, we were nominated for several awards at the international level. I’m very proud of our team and the part that I played in helping us to that success. What is something you are working towards right now? There are always several irons in the fire, but there are two really cool things happening right now. The first is my academic research into picking apart disease pathways that are common to both Alzheimer Disease and Cancer. The second is a personal research project wherein I develop software to address biosecurity concerns in order to keep...
Spotlight on geekStarters: ULethbridge iGEM Team

Spotlight on geekStarters: ULethbridge iGEM Team

A favorite ULethbridge team picture with the Lethbridge High School team – from our recent aGEM 2017 event in Edmonton Check out this recent interview with the iGEM team from University of Lethbridge, and learn about their exciting plans for this iGEM season and beyond. What is unique about your team? Any memorable moments? It is the University of Lethbridge Collegiate iGEM team’s 10th year of participation. What is your team’s favorite fun activity? What’s something your team does to bond? We bond over pizza at our regular wiki content meetings. How does your team use social media? We occasionally post to our Instagram (uleth.igem), Twitter (@LethbridgeiGEM) and Facebook (@LethbridgeiGEM) pages. How would you describe your team’s project in 3 sentences or less? We are developing a standard, safe, modular and user-friendly cell-free system, to lower the barrier of synthetic biology for new users and hobbyists, while also providing a flexible tool for researchers. This tool is based on a simplified protein production system found in all living cells and can be used as a safe synthetic biology teaching tool. ….Next vivo… What has been one highlight of working on your project so far? One of the major highlights that we have had is coming up with new ideas of how our project can be used by others and what ethical issues our project brings to the field that didn’t exist before. What is your team’s biggest challenge? Coordinating what step each of our parts is in development, with 40 parts it proved to be very challenging! What does your team look forward to the most this season? Our team is looking forward to sharing all of our...
Spotlight on geekStarters: UCalgary iGEM Team

Spotlight on geekStarters: UCalgary iGEM Team

A favorite team picture from a visit to the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment plant. The team received an exclusive tour and had a lot of questions answered in regards to their project. Check out this recent interview with the iGEM team from University of Calgary, and learn about their exciting project and hopes for this iGEM season and beyond. What is unique about your team? Any memorable moments? The most unique part of our team is the diversity that we have. For the summer, we conducted “word of the day” consisting of all the different languages in our group. There were 12 different languages at one point. What is your team’s favorite fun activity? What’s something your team does to bond? We sometimes conduct table tennis and pool championships during lunch hours that get rather intense. We also like to meet up for meals after lab work. How does your team use social media? Our team uses Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep our followers updated on the progress of our project and the fun we have been having during our time together. We have also used social media to make the community aware of events we are involved in. Follow us @igemcalgary. How would you describe your team’s project in 3 sentences or less? Our project involves using human waste to produce polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) bioplastic that can be used for 3D printing. We are looking to implement this idea in long range space missions such as the Mars project where waste management will be a problem. What has been one highlight of working on your project so far? Being a member of the iGEM Calgary team...

geekStarter Community Highlights – August 2017

Our iGEM teams got a lot done over the past few weeks. Check out their recent updates!   UCalgary iGEM 2017  Project: Improving waste management on space missions by using genetically engineered bacteria to turn human waste into bioplastics Our human practices outreach efforts have been picking up steam, as we have decided to build on previous Alberta iGEM teams’ efforts and create an updated version of a manual instructing members of high schools and postsecondary institutions in the practical matters of starting an iGEM team. We want our manual, which will take the form of a video series, to be a real-world connection between the academic and public spheres, and encourage public participation in building the scientific body of knowledge. Our policy analysis also focuses on barriers which may impede access to synthetic biology and providing sound recommendations which will alleviate these barriers. We envision this to be an important area for research with connections to the feasibility and impact of our project.  Since a long-term space mission will be a collaborative effort between several nations, it becomes important to ensure that access to information and technology is equal across the world. We have other public engagement events planned for a more immediate way to increase local participation in science. On September 14, iGEM Calgary is partnering with TELUS Spark at the Adults Only Night to engage the broader public about the limitless applications of synthetic biology. In addition, we will be hosting an informal event for members of the public at a local venue, Home and Away YYC, to raise awareness about iGEM and synthetic biology. Our process development team is...
Spotlight on geekStarters: Lisa Oberding

Spotlight on geekStarters: Lisa Oberding

Lisa Oberding – Mentor of synthetic biology team from Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore since 2014. In this photo, Lisa (right) teaches the students laboratory techniques at the Lab skills workshop held at University of Lethbridge in March 2017   10 Quick Questions for Lisa How would you describe yourself in one sentence? I’d say I’m very curious, tenacious (or stubborn, depending who you ask), and I love a challenge – I love learning new things, as well as using that knowledge to either master a new skill or build things from it in new and better ways. What do you love the most about your work/school? I love the challenge of what I do – really getting to apply what I have learned to solve problems and build something useful, and the potential to really make a difference in the process. What is your best accomplishment so far? Probably being a part of founding FREDsense and helping it to get to where it is now while getting my M.Sc. at the same time. What is something you are working towards right now? Outside of work, I’m currently working on learning how to code as well as learning to be completely fluent in Spanish before working on learning another language next year. How do you like to spend your downtime? My downtime (when I get it) usually goes one of two ways; either I’ll spend hours curled up reading a good book, or I’ll go on some kind of adventure – I love to travel and scuba dive, as well as bike, hike, rock-climb, and snowboard. What...