Title

Surveying of the Synthetic Biology Community and Improvement of the iGEM Plant Registry

Presenter Information

Erin Nischwitz

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Chemistry

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Student Activity Funding Board, Missouri S&T College of Arts, Science, and Business

Abstract

International Genetically Engineered Machines, or iGEM, is an international community of synthetic biology scientists around the world. Teams strive to add to an ever expanding registry of standardized parts. Last year, our team completed a project in the model organism Arabidposis thaliana. We consistently struggled with utilizing the plant portion of the registry, as it is both limited and poorly documented. While at Jamboree last year, we spoke with teams around the world who had similar issues with the projects being limited by the scope of the plant registry. Our plan for the next year is to play a part in improving the documentation and content of the plant registry. My specific portion of this project will be to survey teams across the world and compile their responses on ways that the iGEM plant registry can be improved. This may entail increasing the number of promoters of varying strengths, having a larger variety of reporters that function well in plants, or just better documenting those that already exist. I will then design the parts that should be added to the registry by identifying them in plants or in existing research, while also compiling a list of parts which require data analytics and modeling completed.

Biography

Erin Nischwitz is a junior Chemistry major from Wildwood, MO pursuing an emphasis in pre-med and minors in Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. She has been involved in the iGEM Student Design Team for 3 years and has served as their president for two terms. She is also Vice President for Omega Sigma Service Organization. She intends to continue her education by attending medical school.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Award

2016-2017 OURE Fellows recipient

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

17 Apr 2018, 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Apr 17th, 1:40 PM Apr 17th, 2:00 PM

Surveying of the Synthetic Biology Community and Improvement of the iGEM Plant Registry

Turner Room

International Genetically Engineered Machines, or iGEM, is an international community of synthetic biology scientists around the world. Teams strive to add to an ever expanding registry of standardized parts. Last year, our team completed a project in the model organism Arabidposis thaliana. We consistently struggled with utilizing the plant portion of the registry, as it is both limited and poorly documented. While at Jamboree last year, we spoke with teams around the world who had similar issues with the projects being limited by the scope of the plant registry. Our plan for the next year is to play a part in improving the documentation and content of the plant registry. My specific portion of this project will be to survey teams across the world and compile their responses on ways that the iGEM plant registry can be improved. This may entail increasing the number of promoters of varying strengths, having a larger variety of reporters that function well in plants, or just better documenting those that already exist. I will then design the parts that should be added to the registry by identifying them in plants or in existing research, while also compiling a list of parts which require data analytics and modeling completed.