Meet the Team


Our iGEM team consists of 8 undergraduates, 4 advisers and 4 supervisors. Read more about our team here

Our team is interdisciplinary with three students majoring in Computer Science, three in Biology, and two in Biomedical Sciences.

We have found value in our wide range of personalities and diverse skill sets, allowing us to address problems single disciplined teams may have struggled to solve. Upon our project's completion, we will travel to the iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston where we will present our findings to fellow iGEM teams and Synthetic Biologists from around the world. In doing so, we hope to stimulate further discussions in this exhilarating area.



Our team continued the Newcastle iGEM tradition of forging strong collaboration links with fellow iGEM teams, by not only assisting them but also being assisted by them.

Our first collaboration was with the Exeter University iGEM team They were kind enough to conduct thermal conductivity experiments on both lysogeny broth (LB) broth and M9 minimal media. This information enabled us to model the temperature change caused by passing an electrical current through either media. The data provided from these simulations was essential for our conductivity experiments

Following our collaboration with Exeter, we approached the Edinburgh University undergraduate iGEM team with an idea for a potential collaboration. Our simulator constitutes a critical section of our experiment. We therefore thought that since Edinburgh’s team focuses on data processing and encryption, we could incorporate their model into our simulator. In return for their model, we were able to help them by discussing potential ethical issues with their experiment. You can read more about our various collaborations here



Our team is acutely aware that we would not have been able to do all of this alone. We would like to thank the following people for their help and support throughout the project.

Our Advisers and Supervisors who have been with us every step of the way. They taught us basic introductory methods for us to become accustomed to the laboratory environment and consistently provided us with feedback on our project.

Alongside our Advisers and Supervisors, we have also been fortunate enough to receive support and help from our community. Experts from various fields have given us their time, knowledge and advice for how to carry out parts of our experiment. We have also obtained various pieces of equipment and machinery from companies who have generously supported our project and wanted to help us in any way possible. Read more about who has supported us here.



Without sponsorship from our large support network we wouldn't have been able to participate in the iGEM competition. We've been fortunate enough to receive funding from organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) and the Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy. Additionally we were able to obtain consumables either for free or severely reduced prices from commercial companies such as Proto-Pic, Sigma Aldrich and Goodfellow. Read more about the sponsorships we've received here.