Gold medal for the iGEM team Aachen at the Giant Jamboree 2019
The Giant Jamboree is an annual event where the results of the International Genetically Engineered Machine – iGEM – competition are presented. All participating iGEM teams gather there to present their projects in the field of synthetic biology, hoping to be rewarded with an award. This year's iGEM competition, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, USA, was attended by 360 international multidisciplinary teams.
This year's iGEM team at RWTH Aachen University participated with their project Plastractor. The team was able to decorate magnetosomes with plastic binding peptides in such a way that the functionalized magnetosomes can bind polymer particles made of polypropylene or polystyrene that can ultimately be extracted via magnets. The iGEM in Aachen has won a gold medal with Plastractor and a nomination for the best environmental project.
This year the team was supervised by Prof. Blank and Prof. Schwaneberg. The team was accompanied by Claudia Greiner and Dr. Shohana Islam from the Schwaneberg group in the laboratory.
Further information about the project and the Giant Jamboree can be found under the following links: