Faculties collaborate to bring home the gold

Suzie Alexander and other team membersWe've heard the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". A fourth-year Biomedical Science student has proven this to be true by leading a diverse group of students to success at an international synthetic biology competition. 

Suzie Alexander is the director of the Waterloo iGEM team this year. iGEM stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine, a foundation dedicated to advancing the field of synthetic biology through education and competition. The organization has run the largest undergraduate synthetic biology competition in the world since 2003.

The iGEM competition challenges students to build their own biological system to solve problems in healthcare, environment, food and manufacturing, or to make foundational advances in research. This gives students the tools to solve real-world problems, with amazing outcomes. 

UWaterloo has been competing since 2005, and this year's team has worked tirelessly, sometimes into the morning to achieve their goal. Their hard work paid off, earning a Gold standing and the Best Model Prize. However, Suzie believes that the real prize is just being a part of something amazing with fellow students, adding, "Honestly, they're just the cherry-on-top. I think the team gets a real sense of ownership when they create a project from start to finish."

This year, the Department of Biology and Faculty of Science gave the iGEM team a laboratory and space for working and meeting. "The support we’ve received from UWaterloo has given us the opportunity to build something special," Suzie says. 

Suzie credits their success to the support they have received from the university, as well as the diversity of the iGEM team who bring a wide range of skills from their different faculties, from design, laboratory, math modelling and policy experience.

Our members are enthusiastic and always strive for excellence. I think that’s part of the Waterloo culture, the idea of ‘why not’, which opens up the possibilities to pursuing bigger and better projects. –Suzie Alexander

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