If you’re interested in a new field called
synthetic biology, then the Queen’s Genetic Engineered Machine Team (QGEM) is
looking for you! QGEM combines engineering principles with biology to design a system
that is capable of performing a programmed function, with applications ranging
from medicine to industry. The team will travel to MIT, Boston to participate
in the annual Jamboree, competing against over 130 teams from across the
To learn more about the team or to stay updated
about the team application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org
expressing your interest.
Winter information session:
Monday January 23rd
Stirling C Auditorium
To learn more about IGEM visit: http://2011.igem.org/Main_Page
To see the Queen’s 2011 project visit: http://2011.igem.org/Team:Queens_Canada
Full-time paid, volunteer, and executive committee positions are available.
To apply to work or volunteer with the team, apply through the Queen's SWEP application service. 4 positions are available. The Job ID # is: 41802 Applications for work during summer 2012 are due Feb 15th 2012.
Below (in the Attachments section), you will find several documents that offer some background information on the field of synthetic biology and on iGEM. These may be of interest to you if you are curious about iGEM or synthetic biology, or are considering applying to work on the QGEM team. Immediately below there is a brief description of each document's contents.
Application for IGEM Executive.
See our iGEM wiki at http://2011.igem.org/Team:Queens_Canada/Intro/Hiring for executive committee applications to be submitted by January 27th 2012.
The entire iGEM experience hinges on students having the ability to perform genetic modification of cells as easily and expediently as possible. To make this possible, the BioBrick Standard system was devised by the founders of iGEM, and all teams adhere to this system. This document outlines the system and how it works.
Designing biologica systems.pdf
This paper was published in 2007 and attempts to outline the state of the field of synthetic biology at that point. Although this paper no longer offers a fair summary of the state of the field of synthetic biology (because the field is evolving so rapidly) it does offer a nice outline of synthetic biology basics.
Engineering Life Through Synthetic Biology.pdf
This paper (published in 2006), defines and describes synthetic biology, giving examples of projects that existed at the time. Although this paper is no longer a fair summary of the state of the field of synthetic biology (because the field is evolving so rapidly) it does offer a nice outline of synthetic biology basics. It also speaks to some of the ethical issues faced by synthetic biology.
Genetic parts to program bacteria.pdf
This 2006 paper is no longer a valid summary of the field of synthetic biology; however, it does outline many of the basic biological components that are typically used in iGEM projects (ie. sensors, swtiches, logic gates, etc.). This offers a nice foundational outline of how synthetic biology projects are completed (via assembly of there biological components, or "parts" in the iGEM vernacular.
igem 10 project list.pdf
As the name implies, this is a list of the projects from iGEM 2010. Included in each project listed is the project title, the institution or university that the team worked at, the division of iGEM that the project was entered in and the project's abstract. If you find any projects of particular interest, you can use this information to find the team's wiki (a page created by the team, which describes their project in considerable detail) on 2010.igem.org.
QGEM Powerpoint 2012.pdf
This is the powerpoint presentation that was given at the information session this year. The powerpoint itself may not make a ton of sense if you missed the session, but in any case, there are some helpful links at the end.
This is the Powerpoint presentation that was given at the first training session (Mar 9-10, 2010). Contains a brief summary of Replication, Transcription, and Translation, as well as basic information on lab thinking, the IGEM competition, and IGEM judging
criteria. Four past projects are discussed