Team:Imperial College/Meet the Team



James Strutt

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Discipline: Biology

Code name: Lord Tywin, of House Lannister.

James is a biologist, with a year spent at the Sainsburys' Lab where he gained invaluable lab experience. James is a cheerful and self-motiviated individual who was instrumental in realising our living artwork with E. coli. In addition to this he has done at least 50 separate growth assays to effectively characterise our biobrick growth and maintained a steady rate of media preparation to ensure all experiments were feasible on their planned day, without which the project would not have been possible. He was responsible for seeing the production of our 3D printed MAPLE bin. He introduced the team to the light sabre app, which was greatly appreciated by his team mates. This helped boost morale.

Jemma Pilcher

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Discipline: Biochemistry

Code name: HRH Jurassic Pilch, Mother of Dinosaurs, Second of her Name, Admiral of the Calamarian Fleet

Jemma is the one and only biochemist on the team. Her awarded nickname Jurassic Pilch soon grew to a long and illustrious title, inspired by nerd activity. She finds Synthetic Biology "so exciting", as it brings together her passion for science and creativity. Also known as the Enzyme Queen, Jemma was in charged of protein purification and activity assays. Her main hobbies are fencing, ballroom/latin dancing and painting.

Iain Bower

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Discipline: Biology

Code name: King in the North, Captain Plates

Iain is a devious, intelligent denizen of the North, beyond the Wall of London. He has been involved in the creation of a brand new optimised protocol for plastic purification from bacterial cells. Without his input, we would not have been able to show that our cells had synthesised the plastic from waste. As his code name suggests, he was in charge of producing our plates used for clearing assays. He was briefly nominated leader whereby he received his title, King in the North, which we affectionately shorten to KITN. He is an avid dancer in his free time.

Margarita Kopniczky

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Discipline: Biology

Code name: Marg, Son of Gloin

Margarita has been our clone master throughout the project. She was heavily involved in producing our hybrid plastic synthesis construct, which has proved to be an amazing biobrick. Thanks to her initial experimentation with our blue pigmented bacteria, she was able to pave the way for the great art masterpieces that were subsequently produced. Similarly to other team members, she has accrued a code name, which has raised her to the status of Tolkien Lore. Her passions include hiking and photography.


Matthew Ho Wai Chin

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Discipline: Biomedical Engineering

Code name: Chewbacca the "OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!"

Matthew has a passion for engineering - notably the modelling side, which over the course of iGEM he has come to really enjoy. He has been especially helpful in designing a very useful model to aid in the construction of the team's biobricks. As hinted by his code name, he is very talented in impersonating wookies, and may yet be offered a place on the new Star Wars films by J. J. Abrams. He is a keen photographer and enjoys visiting the Gym when it isn't overcrowded, which is not often.

Sisi Fan

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Discipline: Biology

Code name: Mother Of Mooncakes, 99th Empress of the Moon

Sisi has completed her undergraduate studies at Imperial. She has a passion for bioinformatics and synthetic biology. Her work has primarily focused on western blotting our biobricks. She was very keen to put together an industrial plan for the project. As her code name suggests, she is very fond of moon cakes, especially snowskin red bean ones. Little known to her, she also had a secret passion for Code Geass.

Bobby Wenqiang Chi

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Discipline: Biomedical Engineering

Code name: The Real Bobby

Bobby is one of our bioengineers. He has co-ordinated with Matthew to optimise the existing P3HB model in order to add a metabolic component to it. In addition he designed the degradation modules for both PUR and PLA. He doesn't always show his real face on the team page but when he does it is always shown on every other team's page who are still using the default image. He is very fond of fine cuisine.

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