Our lab was out in full force at the Ninth q-bio Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The Duke iGEM team works to promote synthetic biology both in and out of the lab. The team also interfaces with faculty engaged in public policy and ethics to explore synthetic biology’s legal, ethical, and economic impact. The results of the project are submitted to the iGEM competition to be held in Boston in Fall 2015. Interested faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates are encourage to apply through our Bass Connections program.
Matthew Faw and Matthew Farnitano (two undergraduate members of our Duke iGEM team) are teaching a Duke House Course on “Creating Life: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology”.
Duke’s iGEM team traveled to compete at the Giant Jamboree in Boston on October 30th – November 3rd, 2014. There were 2500 synthetic biology researchers (mostly undergraduates) from 245 universities across 32 countries. Each team showcased their yearly achievements in synthetic biology at the iGEM Synthetic Biology competition. Duke got gold! Congratulations! Read more about their summer project here.
Delta Ghoshal, Mike Zhu, Matthew Faw, and Garima Tomar (NCSSM) represented Duke at the Giant Jamboree. The team was mentored by Charlie Cooper (graduate student, Biochemistry) and generously funded by the Lord Alstadt Foundation. The faculty sponsors were Nicolas Buchler and Charles Gersbach.