SulFind 2021


As the famous saying goes, there is no I in team. Without the collective effort of every single team member, advisors, and outside sources, the project would be nothing more than a thought lost to the whims of life. This page is dedicated to thank each individual and group for contributing to the different aspects of SulFind.

Team members


Andrea Stallvik, Fanny Olivia Johannessen Berstad, Tina Dahlgren, Leik Lima-Eriksen, Adrian Thorsplass, Anine H. Olafsen, Kristine Lippestad, Eline Wålen Østerhaug, Elise Damlien, Victoria Nilsen Gjøvaag

You can only do so much with hard work and motivation without proper finances. All of our team members contributed to secure the necessary sponsors so that we could aim high and pursue multiple ideas simultaneously, without restrictions in budget limiting us.

Social Media

Eline Wålen Østerhaug, Victoria Nilsen Gjøvaag, Kristine Lippestad, Tina Dahlgren, Fanny Olivia Johannessen Berstad, Anine H. Olafsen, Leik Lima-Eriksen

Getting the word out there can be easy in the sense that technology enables us to share information instantly, however the true challenge lies in making our information stand out in the vast masses of the internet. This team worked persistently to spread the word about iGEM and SulFind through different social media platforms.


Fanny Olivia Johannessen Berstad, Leik Lima-Eriksen, Martin Eide Lien, Adrian Thorsplass

As our project took shape, it became apparent that one of the most promising solutions to H2S pollution could be to integrate a biosensor in a microfluidic chip. This group worked with one of our accomplished advisors, Husnain Ahmed, to develop a chip to be used in H2S detection.


Anine H. Olafsen, Leik Lima-Eriksen, Martin Eide Lien, Victoria Nilsen Gjøvaag, Eline Wålen Østerhaug, Tina Dahlgren, Kristine Lippestad, Fanny Olivia Johannesen Berstad, Andrea Stallvik, Adrian Thorsplass

While most research projects end in a black and white research paper with a limited amount of figures, iGEM provides a way for science and research to be illustrated creatively. Our multimedia group contributed to making our promotion video, project video, and Wiki layout.


Andrea Stallvik, Tina Dahlgren, Kristine Lippestad, Elise Damlien, Eline Wålen Østerhaug, Adrian Thorsplass, Victoria Nilsen Gjøvaag, Martin Eide Lien, Anine H. Olafsen

One of the most essential parts of our project was testing out the different biological parts, and handling the toxic H2S in the process. From cloning Escherichia coli to producing H2S from Na2S and actually testing our system designs. Our project would never reach its fullest potential without this group’s diligent work.

Human Practices

The Whole Team

The Peter Parker Principle (PPP for short) states “with great power comes great responsibility”. Within the world of synthetic biology it is therefore extremely important to think about why one does anything in a particular way, and if it is the most ethical action. Our HP group has worked hard to ensure that our project’s ethical and moral aspects were aligned with iGEM values at all times.


Martin Eide Lien, Andrea Stallvik, Kristine Lippestad, Eline Wålen Østerhaug, Elise Damlien, Victoria Nilsen Gjøvaag, Tina Dahlgren, Adrian Thorsplass, Anine H. Olafsen

The future lies within the mind of children, and it’s therefore imperative that they learn the advantages and disadvantages of the tools they potentially will wield. The Education group worked determinately towards educating children, teenagers and young adults about synthetic biology.

Project Design

The Whole Team

All of our team members contributed to our project design. We worked together collectively as a team in order to come up with the project idea, design and plan the experiments and adjust the experimental design according to results from the laboratory.


Andrea Stallvik

If a three falls in a forest while there's no one around, did it really fall? Or if you didn't take a picture of something, did it really happen? Thank you for taking individual and team photos for our wiki-page and social media platforms.


Elise Damlien, Victoria Nilsen Gjøvaag

When shopping for lab supplies, it's a bit too easy to get carried away. As the project and budget grew we needed a group to take care of our economy in a responsible way.


Martin Eide Lien

The software tool made by the University of Oslo’s 2020 iGEM team can be used to model fish behavior in response to different factors. The tool was improved with regards to user friendliness and automation of laborious steps.


The Whole Team

Collaboration is an important part of iGEM and this team worked hard to ensure both our interests and our collaborating team's interests were upheld when working together.

Wiki design

Martin Eide Lien, Fanny Olivia Johannessen Berstad, Leik Lima-Eriksen, Anine H. Olafsen

This hardworking team group constructed the design of our wiki-page from the bottom up. Even when all hope seemed lost, they persevered.

Wiki Content

The Whole Team

While it's all fun and games to do experiments in the lab, there would be no proof of this without proper documentation. All of our team members contributed to create and document the content on our wiki-pages.


Sometimes, and by that we mean all the time, we got stuck at some aspect of our project. As a third, fourth, or fifth year student, it’s not always easy to see the solution to the problem yourself. Therefore, we have truly needed every bit of advice our wonderful advisors have given us. They have given us perspective on certain problems, such as LOC design, lab protocols, iGEM do’s and don'ts, finding relevant research articles, and more or less every aspect of the SulFind project.

Thank you to:

  • Our Primary Instructor Rahmi Lale for guiding us throughout the project.
  • Our supervisor Lisa Tietze for assisting us with theoretical and practical laboratory work.
  • Our supervisor Husnain Ahmed for assisting us with lab-on-a-chip.
  • Our supervisor Gunvor Røkke for advising us throughout the project.
  • Our supervisor Che Fai Alex Wong for assisting us with lab-related matters.

Outside sources

Besides our advisors, there have been several experts and stakeholder companies helping us on our iGEM journey.

Thank you to:

  • Olav Vadstein for introducing us to RAS and the idea that current detection methods for H2S are insufficiently sensitive.
  • Carlo C. Lazado, and the H2Salar team, for giving us an introduction to the H2S challenge and providing us with the threshold limit for the toxic concentration of H2S for salmon.
  • Astrid Buran Holan for giving us technical insight into how RAS facilities function.
  • Anders Goksøyr for introducing us to heme proteins.
  • Kari Attramadal for giving us insight into the microbiota’s role in RAS facilities.
  • Roger Fredriksen for giving us insight into the problem of H2S in the fish farming industry.
  • Stine Egeland for giving us insight into the importance of awareness of H2S toxicity amongst RAS facility workers.
  • Astrid Bjørkøy for help with microfluidics at the biophysics laboratory


Thank you to:

  • Åshild Fostervold for designing our SulFind logo
  • Hanne Jørgensen for helping us maintain safe procedures in our laboratory
  • Eirin Marie O Esperås, Brynjar Skagestad, Rebecca Madeleine Gilbert Sandtrøen, Maja Blakstad Christensen for your contribution to the project
  • The UiOslo_Norway 2020 iGEM team for the creation of their software tool that we could improve.