Team:NOFLS YZ/Collaborations

Collaboration with Silent Spring (Official Team Name: ECNUAS)

Team Silent Spring is made up of students from East China Normal University Affiliated Bilingual School. Their project focuses mainly on detection of the widely-used herbicide-Atrazine. They figured out that with the tantalizing use of this herbicide, a severe outcome of environmental pollution was produced. Before, a physical and chemical way of testing is dull and time-consuming. Then they want to invent a sensitive and easy-to-use biosensor to detect atrazine. (Precisely speaking, their genetically encoded biosensor is designed to detect the concentration of CYA, which is a metabolite of the herbicide Atrazine)

Similarly, our project also focuses on developing a biosensor with a variant detection function in helping with IBD diagnosis.

What did we collaborate on?

We discussed about the difficulties about the laboratory part of our project. Since we have not been in to the lab due to the impact of the pandemic, they instructed us to be more careful with the experiment and keep a good experiment habit, especially the part of doing gel electrophoresis, and comforted us with warm words. Our group members talked about our own project, illustrated the future collaboration probability, and gave some suggestions to the Silent Spring about their project. After all, we followed each other’s WeChat official accounts.

Also, we discussed our plan for presentation video and judging sessions together.

We really appreciate that with the help of Silent Spring, we can foresee the future difficulties, and we can better develop our topic.

Collaboration with Alpha-LUCO (Official Team Name:Fujian_United)

Their project focused on optimizing production process of ethanol. They would like to find a way of making ethanol by using a more environmentally friendly method. In detail, they plan to create a yeast that is functional in secreting glucoamylase while fermenting. If their project succeeds, the production process of ethanol will be simplified, more environmental friendly and economical.

What did we collaborate on?

We collaborated with each other via a virtual meet-up. We introduced the research topic to each other. We then asked each other a few questions to have a deep understanding of other’s project. They are really kind and helpful when concerning the issue of using proper scientific words during our presentation. We further delved into the part of hardships we have during experiment. They had a really tight timeline in developing their GMO yeast, the same as we did in the experiment part. We then provided each other with useful suggestions on Wiki documentation, wishing to make progress together.

During this collaboration, we had all realized that we all have certain degree of defects in our Wiki documentation. We need to keep working hard in making our project better.