iGEM 2009

In 2009, SDU formed its first initiative in the new field of synthetic biology by putting together a team of undergraduate students who developed a project and competed in the annual iGEM (http://2009.igem.org/; International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston. This was the first time a student group from Denmark (and from SDU) participated in this highly prestigious event. The project was successful with the SDU team winning a medal at the competition. The student team was supervised by faculty members from the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) and the Institute of Physics and Chemistry (IFK) at SDU with Martin Hanczyc and Steen Rasmussen from FLinT as advisors. The SDU team project involved the design of an E. coli strain, which inhibits S. aureus biofilm formation in wounds by producing RNA III-inhibiting-peptide (RIP).