Title

Analysis and Optimization of a Synthetic Biology Database

Presenter Information

Ryan Baumann

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Student Activity Finance Board

Abstract

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Team competition brings together over 300 teams from 40 plus countries to present student led research projects in Synthetic Biology. Teams conduct research to solve real world issues with a goal to create and submit standardized genetic parts to the ever growing iGEM Registry of Standardized Parts. This database consists of over 20,000 documented and submitted genetic parts that have been used within projects. Through our 2017 project to create a plant based trichlorethylene biosensor in Arabidopsis thaliana, we identified issues with the limited quantity, characterization, and documentation of plant parts within the Registry of Standardized Parts. Our 2018 project aims to reduce this barrier of entry for future teams looking to dive into plant synthetic biology by addressing the various issues within the plant portion of the registry. My portion of this project will consist of analyzing the experimental data to develop a detailed characterization of these previously poorly documented plant related parts. In the end, this research will support future plant synthetic biology research for future generations of iGEM teams around the globe.

Biography

Ryan Baumann is a junior in Biological Sciences from Saint Louis, MO. This is his 6th semester as a member of the Missouri S&T International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) student design team. In this time, he has worked in lab, assisted with public relations events, served as vice president, and currently serves as the team’s lab manager. Outside of iGEM, He is a student ambassador in the Missouri S&T Admissions office, serves as Treasurer of the HELIX Life Sciences Club, , and in this past summer worked as an Intern at the City of Springfield, MO Southwest Clean Water Treatment Plant.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

17 Apr 2018, 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

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Analysis and Optimization of a Synthetic Biology Database

Turner Room

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Team competition brings together over 300 teams from 40 plus countries to present student led research projects in Synthetic Biology. Teams conduct research to solve real world issues with a goal to create and submit standardized genetic parts to the ever growing iGEM Registry of Standardized Parts. This database consists of over 20,000 documented and submitted genetic parts that have been used within projects. Through our 2017 project to create a plant based trichlorethylene biosensor in Arabidopsis thaliana, we identified issues with the limited quantity, characterization, and documentation of plant parts within the Registry of Standardized Parts. Our 2018 project aims to reduce this barrier of entry for future teams looking to dive into plant synthetic biology by addressing the various issues within the plant portion of the registry. My portion of this project will consist of analyzing the experimental data to develop a detailed characterization of these previously poorly documented plant related parts. In the end, this research will support future plant synthetic biology research for future generations of iGEM teams around the globe.