Our team consisted of one biologist, two biochemists, one natural scientist, one computer scientist, two mathematicians and three physicists. Therefore our interdisciplinary team combines the different knowledge and skill sets of our members.

We had a week of 'bootcamp' training in the Easter holidays where individuals were taught the basics of lab work and concepts we could employ in our project.

Our project idea was decided during within the first few weeks of July after a lot of brainstorming and discussions with academics.

The project lab work started following the completion of the interlab study in July.

Unless otherwise stated, all the content documented on our Wiki was done by us.


  • Laura Simpson:
  • Rachel Jones:
  • Anna Macklin:
  • Kinga Zielińska:
  • Karolina Kostrzyńska:
  • Rahan Nazeer:
  • Louis Philipp Lukas:
  • Jacob Binsley:
  • Jake Eager:
  • Sean Large:
  • Model and Human Practices
  • Applied Design and Human Practices
  • Field Trip and Safety
  • Interlab and Modified pili production
  • Modified pili production and Collaboration
  • Interlab and Modified pili production
  • Wiki, Interlab and Modified pili production
  • Public engagement and Model
  • Applied Design and Human Practices
  • Applied Design and Human Practices

Our team would like to acknowledge the following people for the help and advice they provided along the course of our project

Supervisors and Advisors

  • Prof John Love
  • Dr Chloe Singleton
  • Dr Paul James
  • Jamie Gilman
  • Dan Barber
  • Dr Richard Tennant
  • Dr Sara Burton

Most Valuable Players (MVPs)

  • Dr Christian Hacker - Throughout the summer Christian took all the images our bacteria to provided us with microscopic evidence of our work.
  • Charlotte Gurr - Charlotte joined the team as our graphic designer. She designed all of the images for our wiki, presentation, graphics for the app, poster and the banner.
  • Dr Sarah Hartley – Introduced the concepts of RRI and assisted with the development of our human practices. Regularly meet with us to offer guidance and her expertise to help improve our approach to Human Practices.
  • Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) - kindly provided us with all our DNA free of charge!

Technical Support

  • Dr Mark Hewlett - Help with dialysis and demonstrated simple biological protocols in boot camp week
  • Dr Joana Zaragoza-Castells - Helped with sample prep of the ICP-OES
  • Dr Chris Brunt-instructed use of SEM with XFAS
  • Angela Elliott - Helped with sample prep of the ICP-OES and ran the metal ion composition analysis
  • Katy Jones - Gave us data on metal ion and microbe species composition of the soils at Wheal Maid and put us in touch with Tomasa Sbaffi for Wheal Maid site sampling
  • Dr Ann Power - Helped prepare equipment to sample water, helped write protocols for on-site filtering and performing metal ion analysis on the water samples
  • Tomasa Sbaffi - Helped navigate the Wheal Maid site, choose the lagoons to be sampled and helped with sampling / sample filtration


  • Veolia Treatment Plant - Provided us with vital information and invited us for a guided tour of the Treatment Plant at Wheal Jane where many of the questions we had were answered.
  • South West Water- Agreed to participate in an interview and gave us a tour around the plant. Provided information and answered questions surrounding the implementation of biosecurity.
  • Tauton Aquarium-Informed and advised us on the construction of different aspect of our filtration system.
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory- provided suggestions and insight surrounding our applied design
  • Greenpeace-Kindly took the time to meet with two of our team members. Greenpeace provided us with additional research material and suggested ways we could make our project more appealing to other NGO'S.
For a more detailed description of how our stakeholders contributed to our project, read our integrated gold human practices page.

Further Guidance

Thank you to all other individuals involved in the design and progression of our project:

Bootcamp Training Week:

  • Alice Redgate
  • Monica Lamici Ayine
  • Andy Wild
  • Dr Mark Hewlett

Human Practices

  • Prof. John Bryant - Gave a talk on the concept of Bioethics
  • Dr Sabina Leonelli - Led a discussion on how to extend our human practices and realise our project
  • Dr Robert Smith - Advisor to Imperial 2016 iGEM team, Rob gave us helpful tips on how to conduct our human practices


  • Dr George Petkov
  • Daniel Herring
  • Dr Ozgur Akman


  • Dr Jens Benninghoff
  • Katy Jones
  • Dr Sara Burton


  • Prof Peter Winlove
  • Ryan Edgington
  • Dr Chris Brunt

Precedence for project

  • Harvard's 2015 iGEM project


The team would like to thank all the organisations who generously supported our project.

Generous support through synthesised DNA was provided by: