ECE Students to Participate in iGEM


October 13, 2014

Carnegie Mellon’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team is about to take center stage at the annual undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition later this month. The seven-member team has been focusing on how to detect high levels of estrogen in wastewater, which can lower the number of male fish and have negative effects on the entire ecosystem.

The iGEM competition challenges students to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. Undergraduate teams are given a kit of biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, and in collaboration with their schools, work on developing their own biological systems during the summer.

This will be CMU’s third time participating in the iGEM competition. The previous two years have resulted in awards for the best presentation in the regional competition, experimental measure approach at the regional competition and best foundational advance at the world competition.

The Carnegie Mellon iGEM team was founded by ECE Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer Natasa Miskov-Zivanov. The team currently consists of; Ali Celentano (TSB ’15), Dominique MacCalla (CIT ’16), Nicole Matamala (CIT ’17), Danielle Peters (MCS ’15), Courtney Pozzi (CFA ’17), Niteesh Sundaram (CIT ’15) and Lena Wang (MCS ‘15).