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iGEM Team NAWI Graz

iGEM—international Genetically Engineered Machine—stands for an entire community of dedicated young researchers working in the field of synthetic biology. Biological systems, which do not exist in this form in nature, are created or already known systems are improved and used as creatively as possible.

Since 2007, teams of students from secondary and tertiary educational institutions all over the world have been competing to turn groundbreaking ideas in the field of synthetic biology into reality with a single year. The jurors attach great importance both to the actual research and the ability of the teams to bring the topic of synthetic biology out of the educational environment and to attention of the general public. At the end of the one-year competition period, the teams present the results of their projects in and outside the laboratory at a major conference.

Key features of the competition are the open access to all research data produced, provided via individual Wiki websites (as an example: the iGEM NAWI Graz Project 2018), and the ambition to combine synthetic biology with as many other research areas as possible.

In addition, the iGEM NAWI Graz team works closely with experts working in the fields of medicine and biology as well as industry to address concerns and remove biases about synthetic biology. Schools are visited to give pupils an insight into this new subject area.

Team 2018

Team 2017

Team 2016

Source: iGEM – NAWI Graz
Source: iGEM – NAWI Graz

Profile

Services for Students

  • Participation in the iGEM Competition for synthetic biology in Boston
  • Development of new skills in project management and lab work
  • Collaboration on your own project – if required with the support of professors
  • New contacts at TU Graz and to experts in medicine, biology and industry

Achievements

  • In 2018, the team consisting of students from TU Graz and University of Graz focused on the biosynthesis of a functional alternative to palm kernel oil using microorganisms. The team won a bronze medal at the iGEM Competition for synthetic biology.
    Website Team NAWI_Graz 2018
  • In 2017, the team consisting of students from TU Graz and University of Graz realised a communication interface between robots and bacteria. The team won a silver medal at the iGEM Competition for synthetic biology.
    Website Team NAWI_Graz 2017
  • In 2016, the first team consisting entirely of students from universities in Graz (University of Graz and TU Graz) took part in the iGEM Competition for synthetic biology, winning bronze.
    Website Team NAWI_Graz 2016
  • In 2015, TU Graz took part for the first time in the iGEM Competition for synthetic biology in cooperation with the University of Manchester, one of around 300 student teams from around the world. Team Manchester-Graz won a gold medal first go!
    Team Manchester-Graz 2015

Interested?

The current iGEM team looks for a new team each autumn, providing initial support and helping set up the team.   Do you want to be part of the iGEM team? The iGEM Team NAWI Graz welcomes students from all disciplines!For information, please check facebook or send an email.

Team 2018

Marlene Hiesinger
Marlene Hiesinger, Team leader 2018

The palm oil industry grew dramatically during recent decades due to rising demand. Its impact on the food, cosmetics and technology industries cannot be ignored. In response to the problems that have arisen, the team has focused on the production of palm kernel oil using genetically modified microorganisms. As part of the iGEM project, we had the opportunity to speak with experts from different fields about the current situation in the palm oil industry and survey members of the population regarding their palm oil consumption.

The iGEM competition enables students to apply their ideas and visions, gain experience in the independent organisation, plan and implement a project and cooperate with professors, company and organization representatives.

Achievement

  • In 2018, the iGEM team (students of NAWI Graz and TU Graz) focused on the biosynthesis of a functional alternative to palm kernel oil using microorganisms. The team won a bronze medal at the iGEM Competition for synthetic biology.

Website Team NAWI_Graz 2018

Team 2017

Henrik Seyfried, Source: Seyfried – iGEM/NAWI Graz
Henrik Seyfried, team member 2017

As part of the iGEM competition 2017, we developed a communication interface between robots and bacteria that is based on the detection of fluorescent dyes produced under different environmental conditions. As a practical application, a robot was guided through a labyrinth by genetically modified E. coli, which were in a homemade bioreactor. The project generated great interest in the final event in Boston, and we were able to win a silver medal.

In addition to the development of this interface, the team also used this opportunity to introduce the topic of synthetic biology to the general public through public events and school visits.

Source: iGEM – NAWI Graz

Achievement

  • In 2017, the team consisting of students from TU Graz and University of Graz realised a communication interface between robots and bacteria. The team won a silver medal at the iGEM Competition for synthetic biology.

Website Team NAWI_Graz 2017

Team 2016

Source: Lukas Rieder iGEM/NAWI Graz
Lukas Rieder, team captain 2016

iGEM allows us to develop, prepare and ultimately implement our own projects, freely and without any guidelines, but nevertheless with the support of professors. That allows me to mature at a personal and technical level and to gather hands-on experience – experience that I would never have gained in my course.

Source: iGEM – NAWI Graz

iGEM Team 2016

Achievement

Website Team NAWI_Graz 2016