Friday, 27 May 2016

iGEM 2016: Team Sheffield

Saylee is a second year Bioengineering student at the University of Sheffield. Over this summer, she will work on a project funded by the University to take part in iGEM, an international synthetic biology competition, and represent Sheffield in a team of students at the iGEM Jamboree in Boston this October. Approximately 400 other institutions will compete! 

IGEM stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine and is an international synthetic biology competition where Universities from across the globe participate. This is a competition for engineers and biologists alike, as the challenge of the competition is to engineer a device that fits into one of the categories of the competition. 

Sheffield's 2014 Team came up with an 'under-sink' device that secreted enzymes to digest fats, oils, greases and hair that often clog up restaurant sink pipes and the home as well. Using lab space at the University of Sheffield and guidance from professors and PhD students, a team of biologists and engineers came together to build a device called 'FatBerglers'. 

This year, a team of 10 undergraduate students and 10 PhD advisers will work on engineering a solution to a problem in health and medicine and will have 10 weeks over the summer to do so. All teams from across the world will be invited to an iGEM Jamboree in Boston, USA. Team Sheffield will also participate in this as well as the European iGEM meet-up in Paris this July! It's going to be an exciting couple of months! 

Find out more about IGEM Sheffield on its facebook page:

You can read more about Sheffield's Team from 2014 here:

If you have any questions, drop me an email at!

- Saylee 

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