UBC iGEM Teams . . .

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. . . Bring home GOLD MEDAL and win Special Award for Best Model!

We are happy to announce that the UBC iGEM team had a VERY successful weekend at the iGEM Americas Regionals synthetic biology research competition held this past weekend in Indianapolis. The UBC team earned a gold medal status for their research project AND won a special award for Best Model. This is the best showing for UBC ever and the team will now advance to the World Championships held at MIT in Boston, Nov 4-6th. As a supporter and fan of the team, we’d like to thank each and everyone of you for the inspiration, advice, patience, and support that you’ve provided for this talented set of students. We couldn’t have done it without you.
The team is still seeking funding support for their trip to the iGEM World Championships. The team needs funds to cover registration costs, travel, and accommodation. If you would like to provide further support or have any ideas for potential funding partners, please contact Joanne Fox at joanne@msl.ubc.ca Current sponsors for the 2011 UBC iGEM team include the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, Michael Smith Laboratories, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Microbiology and Immunology and the Canada Summer Jobs program.

2011 UBC iGEM – Achievements:
UBC iGEM team earns a gold medal award for their research project on combating the pine beetle outbreak by producing terpenes in yeast.
UBC iGEM team selected as finalist to advance to iGEM synthetic biology World Championships at MIT in Boston, Nov 4-6.
UBC iGEM team wins special award for Best Model for their modelling work creating both a MATLAB simulation of metabolic pathways to guide their work at the bench, and a model of the potential impacts on the pine beetle epidemic with data from the Ministry of Forestry .

You can find more about the 2011 UBC iGEM team and their research project on their wiki

Congratulations to the students from the Faculties of Science & Applied Sciences who make up the 2011 UBC iGEM team: (picture attached)
Laura Bain, 5th year undergraduate, Science
Gurpal Bisra, 5th year undergraduate, Engineering Physics
Joe Ho, 4th year undergraduate, Science
Daisy Ji, 2nd year undergraduate, Pharmacy
Marianne Park, recent UBC alumni BSc, 1st year Medicine UBC
Vicki Ma, recent UBC alumni BSc, 1st year Occupational Therapy McGill
Jacob Toth, 2nd year undergraduate, Biochemistry
Samuel Wu, 3rd year undergraduate, Engineering Physics
Alina Chan, graduate student team supervisor, PhD student, Biochemistry
Rafael Saer, graduate student team supervisor, PhD student, Microbiology
Shing Hei Zhan, graduate student team supervisor, PhD student, Genome Sciences

See attached backgrounder for more information on iGEM at UBC. 20111001_iGEM-UBC

UBC was one of only 10 Canadian teams in the Americas division. 68 teams in total competed the Americas Regional Jamboree. Only 25 teams advanced to finals.

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