2020 Promega iGEM Grant
We are proud to support nine teams with bold ideas for the 2020 iGEM Competition! Each of these teams is receiving free Promega product or financial support for Virtual Jamboree registration. Stay tuned over the summer for exciting stories from these incredible teams.
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“Our project will engineer cyanobacteria to transport iron into cells and reduce it to the bioavailable Fe(II) form.”
“We plan to genetically modify Rhodotorula glutinis to be more robust and resource-efficient as a solution to Vitamin A Deficiency.”
Concordia - Montreal
"We are eager to design a solution to ensure the future of in-space biomanufacturing and exploration.”
King's College London
"The scientific community has been unable to provide an effective, inexpensive, and non-invasive treatment for SCI. We believe that needs changing.”
KU Leuven received 2020 sponsorship by winning the scavenger hunt at the 2019 Giant Jamboree. Unfortunately, KU Leuven had to withdraw from the 2020 iGEM competition.
“In order to solve phosphorus pollution and depletion, we use E. coli bacteria that is designed to have an increased capacity of phosphorus accumulation.”
Technion - Israel
“We plan to develop a novel hydrogel-based skin-screen containing proteins to block infection of host cells by SARS-CoV-2.”
TPR - China
“Our group endeavored to find a biological method to control locust plague.”
“To reduce heavy metal poisoning in the environment, we plan to use Riboswitches for detection and phytochelatins for absorption and clearance of Manganese."
University of Copenhagen
“We are developing a tool that can help with pre-symptomatic diagnosis of diseases associated with chronic inflammation.”
"We aim to provide a comprehensive solution by developing an automated field diagnostic system specific to N. ceranae to work in tandem with the treatment we made last year."
"Our goal is to engineer plants to create ambient light through efficient naturally occurring bioluminescence systems."
"Reducing the concentration of salts in the water, especially NaCl, is our main objective."
"Team MSP aims to broaden the spectrum of surface receptors available by creating a synthetic genetic system which evolves new receptors capable of binding specific, user-defined molecular targets."
"The 2019 Northern BC iGEM Team will address the overdose crisis from a harm reduction perspective, creating an opioid sensor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae that can be used to test non-opioid recreational drugs for opioid contamination prior to consumption."
"We plan to extend the exponential phase of bacteria by making them undergo a 'sleep-wake' cycle, controlling the nutrient uptake rate of the bacteria and so extending the overall protein production window."
"To produce food on a planet as extreme as Mars, we plan to apply synthetic biology tools to engineer a fermenting yeast that is able to amass melanin on its surface to become resistant to ultraviolet radiation."
iGEM Sorbonne Université
"We want to create an alternative way of producing palm oil in a green alga named Chlamydomonas reinhardtii."
"Our goal is to produce a battery that is efficient, safe, and sustainable. Our contribution to renewable energy storage will be to improve an existing glycerol fuel cell."
NYU Abu Dhabi
"The NYUAD iGEM team aims to create a multiplex, affordable, modular, and flexible wearable device that can simultaneously and rapidly screen for multiple food and viral pathogens."
Project Name: Valeris.ED: Bio-based and biodegradable thermoplastics production by Escherichia coli with heterologous polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA).
iGEM NYU Abu Dhabi
Project Name: Pathogene: A portable, low-cost, microfluidic lab-on-a-chip based device for rapid detection of multiple foodborne pathogens.
Project Name: Plastic biodegradation
Project Name: Man-Cheester: Development of Listeria monocytogenes biosensor for use in cheese starter cultures
Project Name: Xscape
Project Name: The Sucrose Factory
Project Name: Lactobachill: A smart psychobiotic with anxiolytic and antidepressant properties