Cornell iGEM students in lab

The Atkinson Center cosponsored Cornell’s undergraduate iGEM team to a gold medal finish at the 2013 North America Regional Jamboree in Toronto 

ACSF Supports Gold-Medal Student Team

October 25, 2013

Cornell iGEM students in lab

The Atkinson Center cosponsored Cornell’s undergraduate iGEM team to a gold medal finish at the 2013 North America Regional Jamboree in Toronto on October 4–6. Cornell also received the Best Human Behaviors Outreach Award. The team will advance to the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) world competition, to be held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in November.

Cornell iGEM is a synthetic biology team made up of 30 undergraduates with a variety of majors. Swati Sureka; three presenters, Eric Holmes, Arun Chakravorty, and Hannah Ajmani; and several other Cornell students represented the team in Toronto.

This year, Cornell iGEM is developing a toolkit of genetic parts for engineering complex fungi that are resistant to pathogenic molds. The Cornell team is working with Ecovative Design, an upstate New York company, to design fungi to improve sustainable technologies. Cornell iGEM’s fungi may be used to limit mold contamination during production of a biodegradable Styrofoam substitute.