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Abby Cadabra

Hi! My name is Abby, and I am the face of ASIJ’s 2021 ABraCaDaBra project! Since it is a serious disease, I think it is important to educate people about breast cancer. I hope that you will join us in the fight against breast cancer!

Kay Nagasato

Hi! My name is Kay and I'm a senior. I was born in Virginia and moved to Tokyo 9 years ago. I joined iGEM because I love biology (and sometimes chemistry), and I especially love neuroscience! I also wanted experience collaborating with others and working in the lab. In my free time, I love hanging out with my dog, thrifting, and exploring Tokyo.

Eva Loftus

Hi! My name is Eva and I'm a senior at ASIJ. I was born in Washington D.C., but I’ve lived in Korea and Japan for most of my life. I joined iGEM because it gave me the opportunity to research and learn more about biology and its applications to medicine and engineering. In iGEM, I love working and researching with my amazing teammates. In my free time, I like swimming and listening to music.

Koharu Matsuki

Hi! I'm Koharu Matsuki and I am a junior. I am Japanese but have lived in the US for 6 years. My hobbies include swimming, playing tennis, and watching movies. I joined iGEM because I wanted to explore the ways in which science could be used to solve real world problems and further my STEM experience. My favorite branch of science is biology.

Taketsugu Kawashima

Hi, my name is Taketsugu Kawashima, and I am a senior at ASIJ. I am fully Japanese and have spent most of my life in Japan. I lived in Tokyo for five years, Hyogo for eight years, and Connecticut for five years. I joined iGem because I love biology, and wanted to further pursue synthetic biology through biological research.

Sage Farrer

Hello, my name is Sage and I’m in 12th grade. I’m a US citizen, but have only lived in Tokyo. I joined iGEM because I am fascinated by the biological sciences and genetic engineering—it's so incredible that we can stand at the forefront of science as high school students! I also wanted to use my Japanese language skills to help further the local community-based and collaborative work for the ASIJ iGEM team.

Dylan Thomson

Hi, I'm Dylan, a senior at ASIJ. I was raised in New York and moved to Tokyo in 4th grade. In my free time, you can find me surfing, listening to rap, or coding. I joined iGem to explore how bioengineering can be used to benefit society and to apply my coding skills.

Annabelle Lee

I am Annabelle Aree Lee and I am a junior. I am Korean but was born in Japan with US nationality. I have also lived in Shanghai and Nagoya. I joined iGEM because I really enjoyed my freshmen biology class. I was fascinated by how the learning that took place was applicable to the world around me.

Percival Liu

Hi! My name is Percival, and I am a junior at ASIJ. I have been at ASIJ for two years. I'm American, but I've lived in cities such as Tokyo and Shanghai for most of my life. I joined iGEM because biotechnology is a fascinating and relevant field of study. My favorite enzyme is RuBisCo due to its vital role in photosynthesis.

Annmarie Hashimoto

Hi! My name is Annmarie Hashimoto and I’m a Junior. I’ve lived in Japan for most of my life, and I joined IGEM because I’m interested in research and it’s rare to find opportunities like this here! I haven’t decided my favorite branch of science but I for sure like STEM. Fun fact? Um, how about not being able to think of one?

Seeun Kwon

Hi! I'm Seeun, a senior at ASIJ. I am from Seoul, but I've been living in Tokyo since sixth grade. Outside the classroom, you can see me out in the sun, eating mangos (or any kind of food, really), and listening to music. This is my second year on the team and I am so thrilled to work with everyone on our new awesome projects in the making! I am especially passionate about biochemistry and biomedical engineering.

Noe Topping

Hi! I'm Noe and I am in 12th grade. I am American and Japanese and I have gone to ASIJ for 5 years, but I am originally from New York City. In my free time I love watching movies and taking photographs. I joined iGEM because I wanted to expand my knowledge of science and I want to be a doctor when I am older. My favorite branch of science is child development and public health.

Sophia Smith

Hi! My name is Sophia and I’m a senior at ASIJ. I was born in Tokyo, Japan, and have lived here my whole life. I decided to join iGem because I wanted to gain more exposure to the type of research that can be done for biology, and expand my knowledge on the real-life applications of science. I’m fascinated by the positive impact that synthetic biology can have on the world and communities around us.

Sprihaa Singh

My name is Sprihaa, and I'm a senior at ASIJ. I've lived in Japan for 2 years after living in New Jersey for 13 years and Dublin for 1 year. At home, I enjoy reading, drawing, and cooking. I also enjoy gardening and napping in the sun. I joined iGem to learn more about real life applications of math, computer science, and biology. My favorite branch of science is gastronomic science; I also love to travel, and the only continent I haven’t been to yet is Antarctica.

Joey Matsunaga

Hi, my name is Joey Matsunaga and I am a senior here at ASIJ. I am half Japanese half Korean and have lived in Yokohama, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Tokyo. I joined iGEM because I was interested in using my knowledge from CS and Math class to good use. My primary interests are in Computer Science and the unique challenges it makes.

Yamato Okura

Hi! I am Yamato, a rising senior at the American School in Japan. I was born in the United States and lived there for 5 years before moving to Japan. I joined iGem because I wanted to make discoveries that would revolutionize our understanding of biology. My favorite branch of science is evolutionary biology; I find the regulative mechanisms in the development of certain animals very interesting.

Naomi LeDell

Hey! I'm Naomi LeDell and I help run the iGEM Instagram/Twitter. I'm a senior and I've been living in Tokyo for the past 13 years! I joined iGEM because I wanted to contribute with my knowledge of biochemistry (and originally with computer science… but I don't remember much). My favorite branch of science is biology, specifically cellular energetics. My passions are swimming, weightlifting and making terrible science jokes.

Aditi Panigrahi

Hey! I am Aditi, a senior at ASIJ. I am Indian but have lived elsewhere for most of my life. I spent two to four years living in India, North Korea, Switzerland, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and now, Japan. Though I was constantly exposed to change, the few things that have always remained with me are my passion for Science and Dance. My interest lies heavily in Biology and Psychology, whether it be in the field of Forensics or Wildlife.

Kai Hyodo

Hi! I'm Kai and I am a junior at ASIJ. I'm full Japanese but I was born in New York, so I am a blend of American and Japanese culture. I joined iGEM because I am interested in the sciences, and I thought bioengineering seemed so cool! My favorite branch of science currently is chemistry because I took the class this year. Outside of iGEM, I like running and doing MUN!

Ethan Sekiguchi

Hello, my name is Ethan and I am a senior at ASIJ. I am Japanese-American, and I was born in New York, New York. My passion for biology is what drove me to apply for and join iGEM, as well as influence from family members. The technology that’s being developed and used today has so much potential to change the world for the better, as well as bring it to ruin, I want to find ways to use it for good.

Akika Altman-Chandler

Hi, my name is Akika and I’m a senior at ASIJ. I am Japanese, American,and Icelandic and have lived in Hong Kong and Tokyo. I am a very curious and social person and love cliff jumping, creative writing, surfing, and building things from scratch. I joined iGEM because I think it is incredible to have the opportunity to work at the vanguard of biological innovation.

Matthew Kaung

Hi, my name is Matthew and I’m a senior at ASIJ. I am the leader of this year’s iGEM team and this is my third year in iGEM. I'm Singaporean, and I've lived in Singapore for 7 years and Tokyo for 10 years. I’m excited to participate in iGEM again after a one-year hiatus and look forward to the amazing community and (hopefully) cool research we do over the summer! In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, reading, and eating good food!