DA students won bronze prize of iGEM and promoted to the world finals

Tsinghua-A Team, led by Wang Xiaowo, a young DA faculty member, won the bronze price of iGEM with the design work “the E.Coli Homochronous Oscillator”. They also gained the chance to attend iGEM world Finals, which will be held on November 5th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Asia Regional Contest of the international synthetic biology competition iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition) was held at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on October 15-16, 2011.

The members of Tsinghua-A Team are Wei Lei, Wen Jian, Liao Weixi, Xie Pei, Wu Chirong, Sang Qi, Chen Junyu, Young Silu, Wang Li and Fu Rui, all from Department of Automation. Lecturer Wang Xiaowo, Professor Chen Guoqiang from Life Sciences College, Professor Zhang Qiwei from TNLIST, and Dr. Chen Yang served as the instructors. The competition is the first time for DA students to participate in. The team formed at the end of 2010. After nearly one year of hard work, the students gave full play to their expertise in system modeling and simulation, and achieved important progress on biological experiments. The Systems Biology Center of TNLIST aims to attract and train engineering students to participate in the study of synthetic biology through this activity.

Brief introduction on Synthetic Biology and iGEM:

Synthetic biology is a new interdisciplinary area in this century that combines life science and information science. Based on the understanding of life law and taking advantage of engineering thinking, synthetic biology manually design, manufacture or change biomolecules such as DNA, RNA and protein to build and optimize biological systems, and to understand the complex phenomenon of life. The results of its research not only have a high theoretical value, but also have a wide range of applications in bio-energy, biomedicine, and environmental restoration. International Centre for Genetic Machines competition (iGEM), founded in 2005 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  is the most influential international university students' science and technology competition in the field of synthetic biology. The 2011 competition attracted nearly 160 teams from more than 140 colleges and universities, such as Harvard and Cambridge, to take part in. There will be 65 teams qualified for the World Finals which will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in November.