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Stefan Alice Lisa AkashD Carter Aditi AkashB Alyssa Johnny Gear Henry Carys

Our team is composed of 12 members. Half of our team comes from the Department of Life Science, the other half come from the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial. Our chosen disciplines span from biochemistry to biomedical engineering.

Here are some need-to-know facts about Imperial’s 2016 team

Biggest Challenge: Not boiling cell cultures in the incubator (don’t ask, it’s been done before)

Team Communication Strategy: Open lines of communication are important. We believe gifs, vines, and interpretive dances are better than words and talking.

Ideal Collaboration: A team which also enjoys long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners.

Things We Understand About iGEM: Synthetic biology is exciting, GFP will verify anything, and building a wiki is insane


Alice "Queen" Boo

3rd year Biomedical Engineering

Age? 20

Where are you from? From a little bit of everywhere.

What do you do outside of iGEM? Read everything I can find.

Favourite quote from iGEM? Just keep swimming [...]

Favourite microbe? Deinococcus radiodurans


Lisa Asher

3rd year Biomedical Engineering

Age? 21

Where are you from? London

What do you do outside of iGEM? What do you mean outside of iGEM

"Favourite quote from iGEM? I know I’m eating the donuts I was meant to be eating.
I just wish they were the donuts I wanted to be eating."

Favourite microbe? Rhodobacter sphaeroides


Carter Teal

3rd year Biomedical Engineering

Age? 21

Where are you from? Hamilton, Ontario, Canada!

What do you do outside of iGEM? Talk about hot dogs, donuts, and fried butter. You?

Favourite quote from iGEM? "I know these are the donuts I was meant to be eating,
I just wish they were the donuts I WANTED to be eating" - me

Favourite microbe? Lactobacillus bulgaricus


Aditi "Squee Squee" Satija

2nd year Biology

Age? 20

Where are you from? London

What do you do outside of iGEM? Rowing, Eating, Sleeping

Favourite quote from iGEM? I know i’m eating the donuts I was meant to be eating.
I just wish they were the donuts I wanted to be eating - Carter Teal, 2016

Favourite microbe? MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)


Akash Bhattacharjee

2nd year Biochemistry

Age? 20

Where are you from? India

What do you do outside of iGEM? Tennis, watch movies, eat Indian cuisine.

Favourite quote from iGEM? "Where's the wow factor?"- Our supervisors

Favourite microbe? Monocercomonoides


Johnny Li

3rd year Biomedical Engineering

Age? 21

Where are you from? Canada

What do you do outside of iGEM? I can't remember anymore. I think it used to
involve sleep though.

Favourite quote from iGEM? What’s the “wow factor”?

Favourite microbe? Escherichia coli, since no one thinks I'm crazy when I say
I want to use it to build something


Gear Rotrattanadumrong

3rd year Biotechnology

Age? 22

Where are you from? Thailand

What do you do outside of iGEM? Watch TV series and eat

Favourite quote from iGEM? Where's the WOW factor?

Favourite microbe? Aliivibrio fischeri


Alyssa Henderson

2nd year Biochemistry

Age? 20

Where are you from? California

What do you do outside of iGEM? Climbing and adventuring

Favourite quote from iGEM? For light, the technology wasn't up to scratch.
For yeast, the biology isn’t up to scratch. Come back in a billion years.

Favourite microbe? Synechocystis


Stefan Grossfurthner

4th year Biotechnology with a year in Research

Age? 22

Where are you from? 50% Austrian, 50% Nigerian

What do you do outside of iGEM? Read (mostly science fiction), ski,
listen to repetitive electronic music, admire plants

Favourite quote from iGEM? ...?

Favourite microbe? Last universal common ancestor (Luca)


Akashaditya Das

3rd year Biomedical Engineering

Age? 21

Where are you from? THE NORTH

What do you do outside of iGEM? iGEM is love, iGEM is life

Favourite quote from iGEM? *Aqualose team complaining about our name*...
'Your name was Aqualose' - Carys *Slow clap*

Favourite microbe? Arthrospira platensis


Henry "Flower Master" Lloyd-Laney

2nd year Biochemistry

Age? 21

Where are you from? Cornwall

What do you do outside of iGEM? Think about iGEM,
and attempt to not get run over by buses (a.k.a. cycling in London)

Favourite quote from iGEM? "I'm so over human practices" - Lisa

Favourite microbe? Yarrowia lipolytica


Carys Moller

3rd year Biomedical Engineering

Age? 20

Where are you from? Cannes

What do you do outside of iGEM? Listen to music and
poke people with swords wearing astronaut like clothes i.e Fencing.

Favourite quote from iGEM? "I like your style" Guy-Bart Stan

Favourite microbe? Magnetospirillum

The Rescue Team

To our PIs, supervisors and advisers thank you for all the help


   Dr. Karen Polizzi                Dr. Guy-Bart Stan                  Prof. Paul Freemont              Prof. Richard Kitney

   Nicolas Kylilis                      Dr. Kirsten Jensen                    Dr. Robert Smith

The team at the iGEM giant Jamboree, Photo Credit: iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight.

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