Team Contributions

Daniel Cortés

  • Team Leadership
  • Biolab
  • Human Practices
  • Cooperations

Daniel Wedemeyer

  • Team Leadership
  • Experimental Design
  • Biolab
  • Wiki framework and content
  • Design
  • Part Design
  • Bioinformatics
  • Human Practices

Steffen Tietjen

  • Team Leadership
  • Microfluidic Chip design and creation
  • Nanolab
  • Cooperations
  • Wiki framework
  • Human Practices

Cari Lehmann

  • Biolab

Paula Weidemüller

  • Biolab

Alina Nicolai

  • Biolab
  • Nanolab
  • Human Practices
  • Cooperations

Dominika Wawrzyniak

  • Human Practices
  • Biolab
  • Nanolab
  • Cooperations

Samira Huss

  • Human Practices
  • Biolab

Kai Pohl

  • Biolab
  • Human Practices

Dana Winter

  • Biolab
  • Finances
  • Human Practices

Andreas Schlegel

  • Microfluidic Chip design and creation
  • Nanolab

Ekaterina Borissova

  • Biolab
  • Human Practices

Alp Mirdoğan

  • Nanolab

Leon Schmidt

  • Experimental Design for the Nanolab
  • Nanolab
  • Social Media


  • Sponsoring
  • Wiki content


Zoya Ignatova

Zoya Ignatova was our primary Principal Investigator. She is professor for biochemistry at the University of Hamburg and specified in RNA biochemistry, in particular on tRNAs. She not only provided us the laboratories and equipment, but also helped with troubleshooting and through teaching us about translation profiled optimization, which we greatly needed for our experiments. While she advised us on all levels of the project, she also gave us a free hand in developing and executing our ideas. Without Professor Ignatovas great engagement for building up an iGEM team at our university we would never had the chance to realize such an extensive and ambitious project already in the second year of participation.

Frauke Adamla

Frauke was our secondary Principal Investigator. She was always helpful and supported us with her lab experience every time we were confronted with problems and uncertainties. Thanks to her dedicated way to advise us, even members without any laboratory experience were able to adapt quickly. She furthermore supported us with organizing our experiments and our laboratory equipment. After one year of minor and major experimental and personal dramas Frauke is not only our secondary PI, she is a part of our team.

Henning Jacobsen

Henning ist the Advisor of our Team. He was the team leader of the first iGEM Team of the University of Hamburg (Flu Fighters in 2015). He advised us how to plan a project, helped to find our sponsors and provided us with his wide network. All team members profited a lot by his lab knowledge and for our team leaders he was an enormous help in terms of staff management. Day and night he was available for questions and problems. Although he is not a regular team member and did not work in the lab physically: he is our lab hero!


  • Robert Blick
    And his Blick Lab (Center for Hybrid Nanostructures CHyN) including Cornelius Bausch, Cornelius Fendler and Christina Lampe For opening all doors to work in their laboratories, especially the clean room facilities, work with their instruments, use their materials and engage in discussions and embrace emerging advices.
  • Andreas Czech, Robert Rauscher, Maximilian Anders
    For their advice and support in troubleshooting.
  • Martin Trebbin
    For the opportunity to work in his laboratories, with his materials and devices and for every helpful tip
  • Johannes Kirchmair and Nils-Ole Friedrich
    For their great support in bioinformatics. They provided us with the software and know-how we needed for in silico mutagenesis and receptor design.
  • Patrick Ziegelmüller
    For his awesome TA-cloning vectors, his lab equipment and his advice for primer design.
  • Cristian del Campo
    For his plasmids, his advice and cheering us up wherever he’d appear
  • Thore Frenzel
    For helping us with the design and 3D-print of our lab-in-phone device. Also for the know-how about using CAD-software and giving some proper ideas for implementation.
  • Tatjana Claußen and Marc Steinmeyer
    For their help with the flow cytometer.
  • Kai Kiehn
    For networking, connecting us with people able to help us, with sponsors and contacts for Human Practices.
  • Nediljko Budisa
    For insights into his work in synthetic biology.
  • Markus Schmidt
    For insights into ethical questions around synthetic biology.

Interview Partners and Partners in Human Practices

  • Khumbo Kalua
  • Salomie Mumderanji Balakasi
  • David Chinyanya
  • Michael Masika
  • George Moyo
  • Thomas Meyer
  • Konrad Sachse
  • Paul Courtright
  • Jeremy Keenan

Former Members

  • Johannes Brandi
  • Celina Schwencke-Westphal
  • Vera-Sophie Jegminat
  • Frederic Fleischer
  • Elisabeth Orlowski
  • Heiko von der Heide

We thank you all for your contribution to the project and wish you the best success in whatever you do. It was a nice time having you on the team!

The Ignatova Lab

  • Ingrid Goebel
  • Christine Polte
  • Katrin Kröger
  • Suki Albers
  • Iolanda Ferro
  • Marina Gempler
  • Thorsten Mix
  • And all associated

Teams and Partners

  • iGEM Team Marburg
    For a great time at the German iGEM Meet-Up
  • iGEM Ionis and iGEM Evri
    For a great time at the European iGEM Meet-Up
  • iGEM Sydney
    For their cooperation, developing the App for our Lab-in-Phone-Device and kinetic modelling of our signal transduction pathway.
  • The University of Hamburg


We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support and valuable input for our project. Without their help this project would have never grown and gone this far. You can read about each sponsor in the following:

University of Hamburg

“Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. As one of the country's largest universities, it offers a diverse course spectrum and excellent research opportunities.The University boasts numerous interdisciplinary projects in a broad range of subjects and an extensive partner network with leading institutions on a regional, national and international scale.”


We thank the University of Hamburg for making our journey to Boston possible.


We would like to thank Synenergene for their tremendous support for our Human Practices project. Synenergene intends to make major contributions to synthetic biology responsible research and innovation, on the basis of public participation and mutual learning among a wide variety of stakeholders from science, industry, civil society, education, art, and other fields.
As part of the collaboration and grant agreement we were able to carry out a Human Practices Project that we have never dreamed of being possible. You can read about the success we were able to achieve on our Human Practices site. Without the help of Synenergene, such a Project could have never been completed or even attempted.

Alumni Association University Hambug

“The purpose of our Association is to promote research, teaching and education. Our driving force is our enthusiasm for our cause. We want to promote students, connect alumni and promote international exchange. We want to build bridges between theoretical research and practice as well as between Hamburg and the world.”


The Alumni Association helped us throughout our entire project, not only financially but also gave us valuable input from the perspective of non-scientists. We thank the Alumni Association and thereby every member of it for supporting our project.


“Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid-, sample-, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide.”


As part of our Human Practices Project Tag des Wissens / Day of Knowledge, Eppendorf supported us with equipment, such as a centrifuge and pipettes. Eppendorf also provided team hoodies for our team. We are really thankful for the support by Eppendorf.


“GATC Biotech, a family-owned business since 1990, is Europe’s leading sequencing services provider with more than 10,000 customers from academia, healthcare and industry worldwide. The company consistently contributes to the sequencing field with innovative products, scientific expertise and rigorous quality.“


New England Biolabs

“Founded in the mid-1970s as a collective of scientists committed to developing innovative products for the life sciences industry, New England Biolabs is now a recognized world leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research.”



“Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT), the global leader in nucleic acid synthesis, serving all areas of life sciences research and development, offers products for a broad range of genomics applications. IDT’s primary business is the production of custom, synthetic nucleic acids for molecular biology applications, including qPCR, next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, and functional genomics.”



“SnapGene offers the fastest and easiest way to plan, visualize, and document your molecular biology procedures. Cloning is simpler when you can see exactly what you are doing. SnapGene is the first molecular biology software that is easier to use than pen and paper.”


Snapgene gave us the opportunity to easily manage our cloning strategy and helped us through many problems by providing a robust and simple to use software. We thank SnapGene for their support!