By Alexandra Erath, A15
Two years ago when Petar Todorov, A14, visited MIT's Whitehead
Institute for Biomedical Research as part of his Global Health and
Security class, he wasn't looking to start a new club. But when
someone suggested the students check out the International
Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition taking place next
door, inspiration struck. The iGEM competition is an international
contest in synthetic biology among undergraduate teams at
universities across the world. Synthetic biology is a specific
subfield of biological research that focuses on constructing new or
redesigning existing biological parts and systems. Todorov had never
seen anything like it.
Connor McBrine, A16; Jee Meen Kim, A16; Petar Todorov, A14; President Anthony Monaco; Peter Cavanagh, A16; Brenda French, A15; and Jesse Starger, E16; meet in the Barnum laboratory used by the iGEM team.
Team members Brenda French, A15, and Michaela Gold, A17 at work
in the iGEM laboratory.
|President Monaco invited iGEM team members to meet with scientist J. Craig Venter, who delivered the President's Lecture at Tufts in March, 2014. Pictured (left to right): Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Nikhil Nair; Rohit Muralidhar, A14; J. Craig Venter; President Monaco; Christopher Ghadban, E14; Petar Todorov, A14; and Michael Zalesne, A16.|