Synthetic biology is a novel, rapidly developing, interdisciplinary science with tremendous potential in various fields including medicine, food and energy industries. International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is a worldwide synthetic biology competition originating from MIT, Boston. The iGEM competition is concerned with overcoming a challenge within a short time frame under the umbrella of innovation, design, experiment work and prototype modelling. More than 300 student-driven teams participate in iGEM annually, with Aalto-Helsinki being the only team representing Finland.
The Aalto-Helsinki 2017 is a multidisciplinary team of 9 people with a shared ambition to conduct a unique and multidisciplinary research project. Our team is more multidisciplinary than ever before: It comprises of expertise from various fields including biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, mathematics, chemistry and programming coupled with experience in fashion, clothing and textile design, graphic design and mechanical engineering. Read more in the descriptions on our Team Page and from our Blog.
This year, our project topic is dermcidin, a short anionic antimicrobial peptide (AAMP), which is secreted by the human sweat glands. Utilising dermcidin is a potential solution to combating antibiotic resistance. Check our Project Page for a more detailed description.