- Kate was the student leader for the MSU iGEM Team 2021.
She’s the leader of the conjugation prevention sub-team and
a member of the HGT assay design, as well as the implementation
sub-teams. Kate worked in the wet-lab for conjugation prevention
- Leader of the Toxin/Antitoxin design sub-team. She was instrumental
in the plasmid design for this part of our project and worked in the
wet-lab. She was also involved in the HGT assay design subteam.
- Leader of Bioinformatics sub-team, responsible for identifying
sites of nucleotide conservation across conjugative plasmid
populations and families.
- Leader of human practices as well as implementation sub-teams.
Emma coordinated all collaborations, partnerships, events, and
handled the team's social media pages. Emma was also part of the
Toxin/Antitoxin and bioinformatics subteams.
- Leader of the Modeling sub-team and worked on the models that we
utilized based off of our wet-lab results (Agent-Based Model and
Markov Model). Shelby was also a part of the implementation and HGT
assay design subteams.
Alexander (Sasha) Szura
- Leader of the HGT assay design sub-team. Sasha worked in the
wet-lab for HGT assay and provided the data for the modeling team.
Sasha was also a part of the bioinformatics, modeling, and
- Davis Mathieu: Mentor to the bioinformatics subteam. Trained us in operating the command line interface, helped guide bioinformatic analyses, and proofread code/writing.
- Shaylynn Miller: Mentor to the Toxin-Antitoxin subteam. She trained students in the wet lab, helped with planning experiments, construct design, and troubleshooting on a day to day basis.
- Kati Ford: Mentor to the Conjugation Prevention subteam. She trained students in the wet lab, helped with planning experiments, construct design, and troubleshooting on a day to day basis.
- Jake Bibik: Mentor to the HGT assay team, helped troubleshoot any problems that came up and guided us all in the right direction for setting up the experiment.
- Jonathan Sakkos: Mentor to modeling team, assisted with understandings of Agent-Based Modeling and simulating microbial communities.
- Garret Miller: Mentor to the bioinformatics team. Provided the team with useful scripts and aided us with sequence similarity networks.
- Nick Schlecht: Helped HGT students with general lab questions and protocols.
- Jacob Jensen: A member of the 2020 iGEM team, helped the wiki sub-team to get a grasp on tools and best practices for website development.
- Bjoern Hamberger
- Michaela TerAvest
- Danny Ducat
- Masako Harada
- Neal Hammer
- Rob Quinn
We are grateful for the support of Promega and Beckman-Coulter in funding our project.
- Thomas Herlache (Michigan State University) for providing insights into biotechnology regulations.
- Gavin Douglas (Dalhousie University) for guidance in developing modeling approaches and strategies for sequence analysis.
- Ian Campbell and Jonathon Silberg for help with vector selection and design.
- Nick Tefft (Michigan State University) for aiding in acquisition of supplies and providing training and support to our wet lab team.
- All individuals, companies, and organizations that contributed to our project by providing insight to areas of concern, feedback, and criticism that impacted our project. See Human Practices.