Team:Stony Brook/Collaborations

iGEM SBU 2021

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Biodiversity Symposium

We presented at the Biodiversity Symposium hosted by iGEM UNSW, alongside iGEM Groningen, iGEM USyd and iGEM Kazakhstan. This was a great symposium where all teams learned about different aspects of how their project deals with Biodiversity. This symposium then allowed us to blossom into a deeper project collaboration and discussion with iGEM USyd. This team meetup allowed us to understand various climate change related issues which threaten biodiversity and how synthetic biology can medicate such issues. In our presentation, we talked about how a biofilter with genetically modified E. coli can break down microcystin. After each presentation, a Q&A session was held to ask questions and give critical feedback on each project.

Check out the Symposium's timeline.
Our proof of attendance.

GenScript North America Meetup

This was a discussional meet-up with iGEM Biosphere and iGEM FCB-UANL set up by Genscript. At this meeting, we shared a brief summary of our project and discussed how we came up with our project ideas and how iGEM had been so far. We were all able to bond over our shared love for outreach and collaborations! All of us agreed that outreach and human practices are our favorite parts of iGEM as we get to meet amazing people from all around the world and create this beautiful scientific community that goes beyond what someone would call a “competition.” The meet-up can be found on GenScript's Youtube channel titled "iGEM North America Meetup".

Link to the recording of the meet-up.

iGEM Warriors

We participated in IIser_Berhampur’s comic strip challenge known as iGEM warriors where, Nabeel Farrukh, one of our mega-talented team member designed a comic strip in a post-apocalyptic world where Cyanoman is causing chaos by releasing microcystin into drinking water. In this comic strip, the Stony Brook iGEM Team, led by General Coli, suits up with MlrA armor to detoxify drinking water and defeat Cyanoman. This was an amazing way to present our project for this year in a comical and creative manner. Through this amazing collaboration set up by IIser_Pune, we were able to take a glimpse into other team’s projects and creativity. Our comic was also featured on IIser Berhampur's Instagram.

Check out our comic strip!
Link to IIser Berhampur's Instagram.


We participated in iGEM Team UParis_BME’s iGEMathon which consisted of a month-long project with 3 phases. In the first phase, we wrote a journal style report on human practice. In this report, we spoke about what Human Practice and Outreach means to us and reflected on what our team has done to meet the human practice requirement. This was used for the Human Practice portion of our requirement. During the second phase, called iGEMMissh (iGEM in Social Sciences and Humanities), we defined several words relating to our research and values of iGEM in the context of our team. This helped us reflect on the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, honesty and several other values and what we did to meet those values. The last phase of this collaboration involved another journal type report where we reflected on Integrative Human Practices. Here we spoke about how our team achieved the integrative human practices requirement and how that is an important component of iGEM. This work will be compiled by UParis_BME into a Journal which will contain other team’s submissions as well. Phase 1 and 3 were also used on respective parts of our wiki. Our work can also be found here.

This folder contains all of our submissions

Warwick iGEM Collective Issue 1

We collaborated with iGEM Team Warwick by filling out a google form regarding our 2021 Project and what it means for the rest of the scientific community. This was compiled by Team Warwick into a pamphlet. The pamphlet also includes a task that we created to educate High School Students on our project. Our Research Task is listed below: “What conditions cause cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cHABs)? Take a paper and design a bacteria which would be able to reduce these blooms. First, pick a bacteria you would like to modify, this is called a chassis. Then select 2 to 4 characteristics you would like this organism to do in order to reduce cHABs. Bonus challenge: Can you find enzymes which may be able to perform the characteristics you chose for your bacteria? Fun challenge: Hero Coli is a great game to learn about genetic modifications of bacteria in order to decrease toxins in water. How far can you get in this game? Play at”

We shared this pamphlet to our local high schools to help with its distribution.

Postcard Project

We participated in iGEM Team Duesseldorf’s postcard challenge in which we created a postcard relating to our project and mailed it to Team Duesseldorf. From there, they sent it out to all other teams and we also received postcards from the other teams. This led to a world-wide project which allowed us to build memories of this year’s iGEM family while also learning about other teams’ projects through a creative lens.

All of the postcards can be found here.

TAS_Taipei SDG Challenge

We participated in a collaboration set-up by TAS_Taipei where we recognized SDGs that our project targets and created tasks that other teams could complete to help us further an SDG goal while also having a greater reach for our project. Our SDG was Clean Water and Sanitation, focusing specifically on goals 6.A and 6.B. We also completed two other tasks set by different iGEM teams. One was from MIT MAHE, where we put the team in contact with an agricultural scientist or gmo expert for SDG 2, Zero Hunger. The other task we completed was to promote ASJI_Tokyo’s educational program to local schools in light of SDG 4, Quality Education. This culminated in a conference where we presented our tasks along with what tasks we completed.

The presentation and further details of our SDGs and tasks.

Cyanobacteria Symposium

This was a 2-day symposium that we hosted in partnership with IISER-Pune-India, Hong_Kong_HKU and Toulouse_INSA-UPS. On Day-1, several iGEM teams (including ourselves) with projects relating to Cyanobacteria presented our project to Cyanobacteria experts. The experts, from several countries, gave us critical feedback on our project which we used to further develop our project as part of integrated human practices. On Day 2, we invited speakers for a wiki-workshop, a talk on new research on Cyanobacteria followed by fun games to end the day. This event taught us to practice scientific communication at the level of scientists and we were able to get critical feedback on our project in terms of difficulty with membrane anchoring and our project method (such as how we plan to test our experiment).

Meeting Recording for Day 1 Access Passcode: #c$e0fzq
Meeting Recording for Day 2 Access Passcode: 08+0?7Ck


We participated in a collaboration hosted by iBowu-China where we drew a page of a children’s coloring book regarding Harmful Algal Blooms in water. Our drawing submission is attached below. iBowu-China compiled all submissions into a Children’s Synthetic Biology coloring book. This was a creative collaboration and a great way to teach younger children about different aspects of Synthetic Biology through a fun and easy method.

iJET Challenge

We participated in TU_Darmstadt’s iJET Challenge where we filmed a video of us catching a paper airplane, transforming into our lab coats and then sending the airplane off for other teams to catch. This was a great virtual collaboration to keep all the iGEM teams connected during the pandemic. The final video can be found on TU_Darmstadt’s Instagram.

Instagram Video Link

GT College Collaboration

We had an online meeting with GT college from Hong Kong and we stayed in touch during the summer. We provided feedback on each other's projects. For example, during our initial planning stages we wanted to develop a project related to PETase. Though we changed our project idea, with our background knowledge, we provided feedback and advice for GT college’s PETase project. They also gave us feedback and helped us troubleshoot issues we came across in the laboratory. GT college also provided us with a document on how to make and conduct a survey.

iGEM’s Got Talent

This year, we created a brand-new collaboration project with the aim of combining art media with synthetic biology: iGEM’s Got Talent! This is an event where teams can showcase their talents in the category of music, dance, art, photography, tik-tok, comedy, cooking or creative writing. All projects must relate to synthetic biology in some way. At the end, these artworks were showcased on social media and a virtual, google-drive iGEM’s Got Talent Museum to archive submissions for future years as well. In total, 3 teams participated and submitted a work of fine art: Team Nantes, AFCM-Egypt and OhioState.

Archive of iGEM's Got Talent Museum!