The Team

PI and Supervisors

Verena Siewers
Principal Investigator
Verena Siewers is a Research Professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering in the Systems and Synthetic Biology Group. Her main research interest is the application of yeast as a cell factory for sustainable production of a variety of chemicals as well as advanced biofuels.

Angelo Limeta (Supervisor)
Angelo Limeta is a PhD student in Jens Nielsens lab at Chalmers University of Technology and performs research in cancer systems biology. He interfaces computational techniques with biological omics data in order to further our understanding of why certain patients respond differently to the same drug treatment. The aim of his research is to aid the development of novel personalized therapeutics. These include targeting the gut microbiome and cancer immunotherapies.
Andrea Clausen Lind (Supervisor)
Andrea Clausen Lind is a PhD student in Verena Siewers lab at Chalmers University of Technology, performing her research in the field of synthetic biology. Her research focus is detection of pathogenic organisms and antibiotic resistance using a yeast-based platform with the aim of developing a biosensor for point-of-care detection.

The Team

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Lina Andreasson

Msc Biomedical engineering
Why iGEM? I became a part of iGEM because I wanted work together with other people from different fields of science, acquire lab experience and do something study related during the summer. How did you find out about iGEM? I found out about iGEM from previous iGEMers at Chalmers.
What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? Designing new systems and being able to alter functions of organisms is inspiring. There are possibilities of creating organisms with useful abilites for a better world. Any advice for future iGEM:ers? Don't stress and lab. You'll make mistakes which will make you even more stressed, which in turn results in more mistakes, and suddenly you see yourself adding antibiotics to fragile non-antibiotic resistant cells. Take breaks regularly and enjoy some fika!

Fanny Carlsson

MSc Biotechnology
Why iGEM? I did iGEM because I wanted to gain experience in designing and executing laboratory work and at the same time work together with people of various scientific backgrounds. How did you find out about iGEM? I found out about iGEM from previous years iGEM teams at Chalmers.

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What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? Being able to alter organisms to help solve big, real life problems in the world is very inspiring. Any advice for future iGEM:ers? Make sure you plan as much as possible as early as possible. And take notes, of everything, you will not remember it even though you think you will.

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Christer Edvardsson

Chemistry. Undergraduate.
Why iGEM? I've realised that my passion for science lies somewhere between were organic life meets inorganic chemistry. Many things done within iGEM (and synthetic biology in particular) appears to exists within this fuzzy border area of science. Where the lines between artificial and non-artificial become blurred, and the concept of living systems is explored. I wanted to be a part of that exploration.
How did you find out about iGEM? At the of my first semester I approached a number of professors about extracurricular work. The amazing Anne Farewell (check out her Twitter) gave me a recommendation to check out iGEM and I have been super-excited to join every year since. What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? That we are able to manipulate life at such a fundamental level continue to astound and amaze me. Any advice for future iGEM:ers? iGEM will feel like being dropped in the deep end of the pool. That is not a bad thing! Trust your own ability to learn new things and help each other grow as a team. You can do this.

Xi Chen

Complex Adaptive Systems, MSC
Why iGEM? I like cutting-edge technology and innovative ideas. The idea of re-design life is so attractive to me. During my bachelor study, I missed the opportunity to join iGEM. It's so exciting that I finally got the chance to join iGEM. How did you find out about iGEM? By a promotion presentation in University. It seems the presenter had fun during iGEM. What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? I start to believe small teams also can make a difference. ;) Any advice for future iGEM:ers? Stay open, keep well-organized and carry on

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Erik Gingsjö

Msc Physics.
Why iGEM? On the 22th of August 2020 I was in the ICU just diagnosed with Diabetes type 1. After being transferred to an open ward, where I spent about a week, to understand more about my disease I started reading about it. This eventually led me to Cell biology, different Metabolic pathways, as well as potential methods to cure my disease. Then in December of 2020 the iGEM-Chalmers-Gothenburg team was recruiting new members, but I didn't apply because I thought that I didn't have the right prerequisites, being mainly from a Physics and Chemical engineering background. In February however, my friend Lina contacted me about being part of iGEM since at the time they had very few members. I decided to join, and the rest is history. How did you find out about iGEM?
I learnt about iGEM from the previous year's team. What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? I like the idea that synthetic biology can potentially help cure many different types of diseases. On a personal level I hope that through synthetic biology I will be cured from Diabetes type 1. Any advice for future iGEM:ers?
Advice? The sole best answer is to never forget to have fun. :)

Olof Dahlman

MSc in organic and medicinal chemistry
Why iGEM? I have been swapping my focus to biochemistry and iGEM was a great oppertunity to do something fun and gain valuable experience in the field

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How did you find out about iGEM? I learned about it through a fellow student who joined the team before me, so I applied as well What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? I enjoy making complex structures and things that do other things, I enjoyed it in medicinal chemistry and found the same type of enjoyment in biochemistry and synthetic biology Any advice for future iGEM:ers? It is fun, but plan early and keep a journal of your wetlab up to date! The entries tend to stack up otherwise

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Edwin Eliasson

Biotechnology, MSc
Why iGEM? It seemed like a great way to get more experience in the lab and really get an understanding how it is to work on a project from scratch. Because courses can only give you a small amount of knowledge of how it actually is.
How did you find out about iGEM? I found out about iGEM the first month of my studies at Chalmers, though a presentation given by a previous iGEM Chalmers team. But didn’t really think much about it until some older friends joined the team and I got to sit down and actually talk about their experiences. So basically iGEM has been haunting me sense day one! What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? The fact the your options of creating something is almost endless! If you think about it, you basically have all systems developed by the nature at your disposal, you only need to figure out a way to refine it to your liking. Any advice for future iGEM:ers? Well honestly, as any other project! Plan, plan and plan some more. There will be a lot to think about and many stressful moments, which is completely normal. But with a good and well-structured plan it should be completely fine. Oh and don’t forget to transfer the journal to a digital (wiki-friendly) format on a regular basis.

Robin Nilsson

Msc Biomedical Engineering
Why iGEM? Don't know, just stumbled upon it and thought it looked fun. How did you find out about iGEM? Through a friend, and a team member.

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What about Synthetic Biology inspires you? Well, being interested in medicine and its development, naturally synthetic biology would eventually cross my path. It is simply interesting, useful and practical and I believe it to be a part of the future which we cannot be without. Any advice for future iGEM:ers? S.T.A.R.T E.A.R.L.Y