Systems design and biomedical engineering students are on the iGEM team

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The University of Waterloo International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team does it again. For the 4th year in a row, the team earned Gold Standing at the competition. This year they brought home the Best Poster prize!

This year’s project, titled “OFF to priON” looked at engineering a system that could be applicable in the treatment of prion-based diseases, like mad cow disease.  This year the iGEM competition hosted over 300 international, multidisciplinary teams who were eager to share and celebrate their work. The event took place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, USA from October 27-31.  There were 8 engineering students on our team, which represent about a quarter of all UW students that were involved. Congratulations to these engineering students:

Tony Kappen, Nanotechnology Engineering;

Jane Wang, Nanotechnology Engineering;

Austin Boucinha, Nanotechnology Engineering;

Gareth Holmes, Chemical Engineering;

Max Reed Nanotechnology Engineering;

Hannah Sennik, Systems Design Engineering; (SYDE 2B)

Joyce Zhang, Biomedical Engineering. (BME 3A)

Their roles were fairly evenly distributed between the three subteams for the project: lab and design, mathematical modelling, and policy and human practices.