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 hard work at the Giant Jamboree in Boston, as well as seeing other projects.

  • What do you hope to achieve by the end of this season?

We hope to provide a useful tool to synthetic biologists, while also bringing awareness to the biosecurity risks associated with cell-free systems.

  • Where would you like to see your project go in the future? What are your team’s dreams for the future?

We would like to see this project continue to be integrated into teaching synthetic biology in high schools and even middle schools as a teaching tool. Ideally we would continue developing more modules to our project improving it for uses outside teaching and basic protein expression.