Who We Are:
The NYU iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) Team is a student-led team of undergraduate researchers and engineers who aim to solve real-world problems using biological engineering. Each year, the team brainstorms an idea for a project that solves a problem; this problem can be in healthcare, agriculture, nutrition, technology, etc. We then creatively design a solution and present this at the iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston every Fall.
What We Do:
This is an international competition in which iGEM teams from around the world showcase their projects and compete for medals. This year, our project focuses on using E. coli to produce higher concentrations of beneficial plant compounds than what could be found in nature. This allows us to obtain the plant chemicals easily and more cheaply than conventional methods of extraction. We also engineered the E. coli so that production of the plant chemicals is increased with green light and decreased with red light; this allows us to control the production of our target molecules with the use of light!
Why This Matters:
We hope to raise money to pay the registration costs for this competition, as well as cover travel expenses for team members who will go to represent the team. No matter the amount, your financial contribution will go towards helping our team share our hard work and continue to make strides in the field of synthetic biology!