Team:FDR-HB Peru/Attributions


Human Practices message: Given the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, is it that the Human Practices team focused on building strong relationships with fellow iGEM teams, such as the iGEM team at UW, as well as key stakeholders such as Alianza Cacao, a leading business in the cacao industry, in order to more effectively and efficiently endeavour our project.


Our members attend Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Colegio Hiram Bingham, both of which have provided much support throughout the year.


We are incredibly grateful for the support and guidance provided by Dr. Nina Markham, Dr. Claudia Muñoz, Mr. David Kostial and Ms. Sasha Salters.

Alianza Cacao

Alianza Cacao has been a key factor in our project, more specifically, the national director, José Yturrios. Alianza Cacao is a Peruvian organization that works with thousands of local cacao farmers to provide them with some resources, promote the development of the industry, and help farmers maintain a sustainable business. They helped us better understand the cacao industry and suggested the best possible ways to implement our project in the real world, which helped us steer our project to meet their needs.

Washington Team

The Washington iGEM Team has continuously collaborated with our team as we established a meaningful collaboration. Our math modeling teams had a strong collaboration that consisted of active communication and sharing of skills and feedback. Given that the FDR-HB math modeling team was just beginning, the Washington team gave the initial knowledge for them to get started.


Isabela Gonzalez was involved in leading all synthetic biology engineering and hardware meetings. She was in charge of designing the plasmids and the experiments, as well as handling all the shipping logistics of the DNA and the cell-free systems that she won our team the sponsorship for. Also, she met with our collaborators at Alianza Cacao and University of Washington on a regular basis to keep constant communication on the development of our projects and exchange ideas. In addition, she participated in the Frontiers of Young Minds team as an editor of scientific research papers.

Miguel Garro was involved in collaborative research regarding which methods could be used to help make cacao/chocolate production safer via removal/detection of heavy metals in the product. Outside of that research, he was also involved in research on how to execute such methods by viewing scientific papers and other sources.

Belen de Osma was involved in the synbio group. She started by learning lab techniques through simulations. Then she attended campus a few times in order to get familiar with lab protocols and techniques. This semester Belen has contributed by researching about yeast, specially looking for Yeast bioremediation in the food industry.

Nyahna Sánchez was involved in research from various sources that assisted in the development of the yeast modification project. She also contributed with a few ideas for removing the yeast with cadmium from the chocolate mix.

Lara Ganoza is new in the iGem Club. However she has helped with some research on Cadmium levels in cacao soil and variations in concentration in different areas.

Saejin Park was involved in the research of yeast bioremediation of Cadmium.

Math Modeling

Santiago Ochoa was part of the synthetic biology team, where he helped to research Cadmium detection. Then, he started the Math Modeling team, where he was the leader. He guided the team and got important information about modeling, as the team didn't have any previous knowledge about the topic. Moreover, he helped with the collaboration with the Washington team, as he communicated with them and held various meetings. In addition, he helped in the downloading of Tellurium, the program our team used to model.

Ilan Mitma was part of the Synthetic Biology team, the Production team and the Math Modeling team. In the Synthetic Biology team he learnt the steps to do a physical experiment in the lab, then, with the help of the rest of the team, he investigated possible ways to detect the presence of Cadmium in the cacao soil. Then, he moved to the Production team for a while, where he attended the Frontiers meeting and he evaluated 2 articles on scientific solutions to world environmental issues. Finally, while he was part of the Math Modeling team, he learnt how to code and how to build a scientific model for the FDR_HB wiki and he helped fill out the Judging Form.

Integrated Human Practices

Jorge Diaz, as the leader of the Human Practices team, sought to establish a meaningful and valuable collaboration with a variety of different key organizations. Amongst the many organizations that the Human Practices team came in contact with, two key figures stand out, the partnership with Alianza Cacao, and the collaboration with the iGEM team at the University of Washington. Through his proactive actions, Jorge, along with Andres, was able to bring meaningful insight that fundamentally shifted the direction of the team's overall project and endeavours.

Andres Romero as the co-leader of the Human Practices team, was involved in establishing meaningful collaborations with different organizations. He started with Alianza Cacao, and then the Washington iGEM team. He attended meetings with them to further establish a meaningful collaboration and allow the teams to work together. He also set up a meeting with an organization called Synbio for everyone to start translating their curriculum to Spanish with the help of the Human Practices team.

Maya Escajadillo as a member of the Human Practices team, was involved in the collaboration with SynBio for Everyone by translating a biology curriculum from English to Spanish. She helped draft emails with various different projects and collaborations. She also participated in a meeting with Washington and another meeting with Alianza Cacao. She also created surveys to ensure other participants' opinions when being included when making collaboration decisions. And helped writing emails and communicating with another club inside the school.

Lucia Yuren as a member of the Human Practices team, participated and helped her team by writing an article soon to be published by the Science National Honor Society. In addition she also attended a meeting with an Alianza Cacao representative to establish how IGEM can help the cacao farmers and what their needs are.

Gioia Pinasco as a member of the Human Practices team, contributed by attending a meeting with an Alianza Cacao professional to establish what the cacao farmers need from us as the iGEM team. She has also written an article to be published by the Science National Honor Society. Last but not least, she helped with translating a biology curriculum from Spanish to English to provide greater accessibility.


Ana Lucia Franco was in charge of leading the production team in the creation of the project promotion video, wiki, and team presentation video for the iGem team. As director of the project promotion video, she assisted with the development of the script, animation, and narration, and led her team towards the successful development of the wiki. Furthermore, she worked hand in hand with other teams for the creation of visual media like slides and worked along Ricardo Mulino for the coding of the wiki.

Kristel Tapia Sardi was in charge of the graphic designs for our iGEM team. She created the current iGEM FDR-HB logo which is displayed in the wiki and the Instagram page. Also, she designed the art for the wiki page and the calligraphy of the slogan.

Maria Nopo was in the production team and helped with the initial development of the wiki.


Lara Reinoso was a leader. She was part of the secretary team where she was in charge of overall team management for the 2021-2022 IGEM season, having a leadership role in the team. She was also part of the math modeling team contributing with research on the Python programming language in order to create models for the project. Moreover, she attended meetings with the math modeling Washington team to arrange future collaborations, contributed in Frontiers Manuscript Reviews, collaborated to write grants for the team, and occasionally gave input to the production team

Alejandra Dominguez was a leader. She was part of the secretary team where she was in charge of taking attendance, reminding deadlines, organizing documents, leading ice-breakers, introducing new members, and overall team management. She was also part of the math modeling team contributing with research on Python programming language and downloading “Anaconda,” a program used to model. Also, she attended several meetings with the math modeling Washington team to arrange future collaborations. Finally, she participated in the Frontiers Manuscript Review, collaborated to write grants for the team, and occasionally gave input to the production team.

New Contributers

Hiten Sharma

Norka Peña is new to the iGem team, she was involved in the Yeast and Bioremediation research.

Ricardo Mulino, Ricardo was part of the production team and the main coder of the wiki. He was a big part of the team's success.