Fanny – Teamleader, Wetlab
Being one of the team leaders, Fanny has had to organise everything and made sure all parts of the project have been running smoothly and according to plan. She has also made an extensive contribution to the wet lab work, from designing the project and its parts to testing and implementing it. Since most yeast transformations she was involved in were successful, she adopted the nickname: Yeast Kween. Additionally, she has made an important contribution to the human practices work and was nicknamed the “design team” during the planning of the Nordic iGEM Conference, NiC (for a reason). Her creative skills have also been an invaluable resource when making the presentation and promotion videos, where she played a big part in creating scripts, presentation slides and finalising the videos. She has contributed to the wiki pages for human practices and wet lab. She has scanned the wiki for grammar mistakes and spelling errors, so if you find any it is her fault. She is also part of the ice coffee team!
Lina – Teamleader, Wetlab
Just as Fanny, Lina (with her mental age of 63 years and excel sheets) has made invaluable contributions to the team. Not only in organisation skills (we have not missed a deadline yet!) and economy, but also regarding the wet lab and human practices. In wet lab Lina contributed with initial design of both the project and gene fragments, as well as a strong and important presence during the actual lab work, including planning and execution of the experiments. She did most of the scripting of the promotion video and presentation video, as well as filming and creating presentation slides together with Fanny. Lina also did the full safety form and contributed to the outreach initiative the Transcriptome. As for outreach, she was thrown into the toastmaster role during the NiC dinner (last minute) and made a terribly good (read: terrible) job. Lastly, she contributed to the wiki pages for human practices, safety, wetlab, attributions and medal criteria. Team ice coffee!
Christer – Wetlab, Funding
Christer is essentially the godfather of the project, he worked heavily on the initial project proposal and the design of the experiments. His knowledge and interest in (bio)chemistry has been a valuable contribution to the project. Christer wrote the astonishing project description and implementation pages for the Wiki, and created the homepage in collaboration with Alexandra Polyakova. He also added to the attribution page and together with Olof, he also presented the project at The Nordic iGEM Conference. Christer has also helped greatly with our outreach and human practice initiatives by finding key contacts as well as joined in on interviews and coordinating with stakeholders. In addition, Christer have provided some organizational support to Lina and Fanny as team leaders to help with formalizing the structure and planning of the project. Christer also supervised and managed our funding efforts.
Edwin - Wetlab, Outreach
Edwin single handily pushed SysBios budget towards the edge simply by drinking coffee and probably tripled the team's coffee consumption during the summer. And he also did other stuff, such as dreaming about eating chocolate dream cookies... He had one of the strongest presences in the lab by planning and executing most types of experiments and analyses, especially for yeast transformations. He also contributed greatly to the data analysis and interpretation of our data. Edwin has made strong contributions in managing our Outreach initiatives, both finding, contacting, planning, and executing them. This also includes communication and education where he among other things introduced the concept of synthetic biology to high school students (together with Robin). He was also the biggest contributor to our largest event, the NiC with initial planning and execution, and being responsible for the live stream. He has been the main author of the wetlab wiki pages.
Robin - Wiki, Outreach
To say that Robin is a workaholic is an understatement, we know no-one else who works as much as Robin does. Because of his tireless performance, he has been of tremendous value to the team (but he should probably sleep for a month after the wiki freeze). Robin has, together with Xi, brought the Team Chalmers-Gothenburg 2021 Wiki to the world! Apart from this he has, together with Edwin, made NiC a story of success. He did an exceptional job as a host and managed the live stream even through technical difficulties. He also visited schools and educated high school students about iGEM and synthetic biology. Continuing the theme of outreach, he was the greatest contributor in our team for The Transcriptome. And with no previous experience in wet lab, he entered the lab and took his first steps in a lab full of cultivation flasks and PCR machines with no fear, and what a leap! To mention some last things, he has contributed to the wiki pages about safety, attributions, sponsors, and collaborations.
Xi - Wiki, Modelling
Being the only person on the team who initially knew HTML has been nothing but easy, but Xi is the reason (together with Robin) you can read this right now on this beautiful wiki! Except for being the main responsible for the wiki, she has also been involved in many other areas of the project. Xi has been a helpful hand in pretty much all parts of the project, among some things being wet lab, outreach, and modelling. In outreach she has contributed with animations for the livestream during NiC and added to the presentation that was shown during the conference. She was also involved in the production of the promotion video in bringing great creativity. As of modelling, she has provided protein structure predictions for the thioesterases. In closing, regarding technical support & development of the iGEM wiki, Xi has created a wiki testing environment on our local server to be able to speed up and streamline the work.
Olof – Wetlab
Olof have been one of the pillars in the execution phase of our project, he is our dearest Yeast Unicorn. He has a much-needed sense of details and is our molecular biology expert, keeping track of all mechanisms and being responsible for our parts registry. He made a large contribution to the RBS characterization project and have spent a great amount of time in the lab. Further, he has contributed to the modelling part of the project together with Erik. He is known for his ability of taking random naps in the middle of a lunchroom when a ping pong table is in use, impressive! He presented our project during NiC and was leading discussions together with Christer during the conference. For the wiki page, he helped with the project description.
Erik - PR, Modelling, Wetlab
Meet Erik, our number (diabetes type) 1 (because you do not want to be number 2) PR and dry lab manager. His largest contribution was making genome scale metabolic models of different yeast strains we used or intended to use in the lab and thereby predicting their growth when changing their metabolism. He is also one of those people who has been helping in basically all parts of the project. During NiC, he took care of the visiting Swedish teams and connected with them through ice cream and walks through Gothenburg. Erik is the person behind all the funny memes on our Instagram page (and some that only made it to our internal chat group) and has continuously updated our social media accounts. He has held a lecture about the ethical considerations of our project for biotechnology master students at Chalmers. Erik has additionally helped with interviews with different stakeholders and performed experiments in the wet lab, even with very little lab experience to start with. Regarding the wiki, Erik contributed on the modelling page.