Title

Experimental Advancement of the International Biosynthetic Plant Registry

Presenter Information

Mikayla Tessmer

Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Major

Biochemical Engineering

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Design Team, Dr. Westenberg’s Research Funding

Abstract

The 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Jamboree conference proved to show flaws in the international plant registry with only a small percentage of the total registry making up the plant components. The project focuses on testing tissue-specific promoters with the β- Glucuronidase (Gus) reporter. These methods would include many basic cell lab methods along with Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation. By standardizing these promoters it would not only help iGEM teams but throughout the synthetic biology community around the world. This will then be presented and promoted at the November 2018 iGEM Jamboree.

Biography

Involved with the International Genetically Engineered Machines’ design team on the Missouri S&T campus since her first semester as a freshman, Mikayla is a sophomore in Biochemical Engineering. Active in Omega Chi Epsilon, her involvement extends to the Chi Omega Sorority, the Society of Women Engineers, along with her job at the campus Registrar Office. Her dedication is apparent when one looks to last summer where she worked in the lab every day, including weekends, with Dr. Westenberg, continuing through the fall and spring semesters. During the summer session, Mikayla took the lead in mentoring a high school mentee in writing protocols and improving lab techniques. She created an E Coli biosensor for a modified homoserine lactone chemical made by the Bradyrhizobium japonicum. The experience has her excited to have another opportunity in the field to take a step forward in her life’s pursuit in working with pharmaceuticals or genetic manipulation in to assist those with chronic illness.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Award

2016-2017 OURE Fellows recipient

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

17 Apr 2018, 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

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Experimental Advancement of the International Biosynthetic Plant Registry

Turner Room

The 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Jamboree conference proved to show flaws in the international plant registry with only a small percentage of the total registry making up the plant components. The project focuses on testing tissue-specific promoters with the β- Glucuronidase (Gus) reporter. These methods would include many basic cell lab methods along with Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation. By standardizing these promoters it would not only help iGEM teams but throughout the synthetic biology community around the world. This will then be presented and promoted at the November 2018 iGEM Jamboree.