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2011 iGEM team jump-starts summer with team challenge

July 15, 2011

The UCSF international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team kicked off in June with a 2-week laboratory bootcamp and team challenge to develop project ideas for the 2011 jamboree.   This year’s team is composed of six graduating seniors from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, and two returning students from UC Davis. The team has been working in the lab for the last few weeks on a research project using the yeast cell surface display system to develop artificial biofilms. Our team will be working with the non-pathogenic yeast strain S. cerevisiae and their goal is to be able to control yeast interactions and aggregation in this strain. They hope to use their synthetic biofilms as a model for more dangerous, pathogenic biofilms. The UCSF iGEM team is supported by the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology and SynBERC. Read more