Team:Gaston Day School/Team


Who we are

Our team consists of high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and is based out of Gaston Day School, a Pre-K through 12 school in Gastonia, North Carolina. With Ms. Anne Byford's guidance, we are taking part in our fifth iGEM competition.

Advisor: Ms. Byford

Team Members:


  • Parth Patel: Our fearless co-leader
  • Steven Allen: Our fearless co-leader
  • Gordon Ellison: is normal...?


  • Will Reiber: Knight of the Square Table
  • Jewel Wasson: The Crown Jewel
  • Paige Brown: Princess
  • India Mackinson: Lady Mackinson
  • Elizabeth England: Queen


  • Heather Cheung: Peasant as of this time
  • Claire Lamadrid: Peasant as of this time

Associate Members

  • Misbah Ahmad: Peasant as of this time
  • Nana Boateng: Peasant as of this time

iGEM 2013 Gaston Day School

What We Did

We developed intermediates to form an improved Cadmium Sensor with increased sensitivity by combining responsive promoters, activators, and a Green Fluorescent Protein reporter.

Where We're From

Founded in 1967, Gaston Day School is a non-sectarian, college preparatory institution for grades Pre-K through 12. Throughout our history, nearly 100% of Gaston Day School's classes have entered four-year colleges and universities immediately upon graduation. Located in Gastonia, North Carolina, the school serves communities in a five-county area: Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland, Mecklenburg and York counties. Enrollment is approximately 500 students. Gaston Day School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools. Each of the students on the team has completed (or is currently in) Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics or some combination thereof.

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