Finalist, gold medalist and best foundational advance project – the iGEM Team Aachen at the Virtual Giant Jamboree

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The Giant Jamboree is the annual finale of the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition. In this special year, over 250 teams from all over the world gathered online for the first time in the history of iGEM. The teams, formed by students from various scientific fields, presented their projects, were evaluated by reviewer and peers, and finally took part in the award ceremony.

This year, the iGEM team from Aachen participated with their project M.A.R.S. – Magnetic ATP Recycling System. They designed a fully recyclable, light-dependent ATP-Regeneration System to tackle the challenges of cofactor-regeneration in cell-free industrial processes.

iGEM Aachen was more successful in 2020 than ever before. The team managed to win a gold medal and was a finalist at the Giant Jamboree. The team won the prize for the best foundational advance project and achieved second place in the overall competition. Furthermore, the team won the best project promotion special prize and was nominated for the best hardware, best model, best presentation and best poster.

The iGEM team was mentored by Prof. Wolfgang Wiechert, Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg and Prof. Lars Blank and achieved substantial tutoring in the laboratory by Dr. Yu Ji (Subgroup leader PlastiQuant; Group Prof. Schwaneberg) and Volkan Besirlioglu (PhD fellow in the AG Schwaneberg).

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