The UPenn iGEM Team is an entirely student-run undergraduate team. Our project was only made possible with the support of our mentors, advisors, and collaborators along the way.
- Gabbi Leavitt: Hardware and Graphical User Interface
- Gloria Lee: Hardware, Software, Wiki, Promo Video, Presentation, Device Calibration and Live Cell Experiments
- Grace Qian: Software, Wiki, Promo Video, Logo Development, Device Calibration and Live Cell Experiments, Collaboration with NUS Singapore
- Juliette Hooper: Software, Graphical User Interface, Wiki, Promo Video, Device Calibration and Live Cell Experiments, Collaboration with NUS Singapore, Educational Outreach
- Lana Salloum: Hardware and Live Cell Experiments
- Saachi Datta: Software, Graphical User Interface, Wiki, Promo Video, Presentation, Device Calibration and Live Cell Experiments, Educational Outreach
We want to give special thanks to our mentors for their constant support, leadership, and guidance!
- David Gonzalez-Martinez: PhD Student in Bioengineering at UPenn. David helped mentor our iGEM team, giving guidance at every step along the way. He helped us plan out the design of our Graphical User Interface, guided us through conducting live cell experiments, and gave invaluable feedback on our presentation.
- Gabrielle Ho: PhD Student in Bioengineering at UPenn. Gabby helped mentor our iGEM team, giving guidance on the development of our software and feedback on our overall project.
- William Benman: PhD Student in Bioengineering at UPenn. Will helped mentor our iGEM team, giving guidance at every stage of our project. He was crucial in guiding us on the design and production of our hardware, guided us through conducting device-calibration experiments and modeling, and advising us on our presentation.
- Dr. Lukasz Bugaj: Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at UPenn. Dr. Bugaj was the director of the team and provided guidance in all aspects of our project, including but not limited to project direction, device design and construction, optogenetic experiments, and writing and presentation. His contributions and feedback greatly extended our capabilities and the extent to which this project was able to reach, and under his direction we were able to make something we are truly proud of.
- Dr. José Avalos: Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. Dr. Avalos provided guidance on the use of optogenetics for metabolic engineering, including overall feedback on our device and opportunities to test our device for metabolic engineering applications.
- Saurabh Malani: Graduate Student in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. Saurabh provided us with blue-light inducible yeast that express mAmetrine for us to use in the calibration and testing of our device. He also provided regular feedback on our cell experiments and guidance on using optogenetics with yeast
- Sevile Mannickarottu: Director, Educational Laboratories in the department of Bioengineering at UPenn. Sevile provided us with a wet-lab space to conduct our live cell experiments. Much thanks to him and the rest of the lab staff at the George H. Stephenson Foundation Educational Laboratory & Bio-MakerSpace for supporting our experiments with their resources and expertise.
Additional Thanks To
Dr. Brian Chow: Associate professor in Bioengineering at Upenn. Dr. Chow has given us feedback on our device design and presentation throughout our project.