As a team, we managed to accomplish a lot during the last few months either by applying and developing existing skills or by learning new skills required to advance with our project.
Plasmid design: Chris Graham, Ellie Boardman.
Design of Experiment: Ellie Boardman, Chris Graham, Matt French, Edwin Yeboah, Natalia Kotynska.
Interlab studies and measurements: Matt French.
General laboratory work: Natalia Kotynska, Matt French, Edwin Yeboah, Chris Graham, Ellie Boardman, Georgette Sebastiao.
Outreach: Vikram Chhapwale, Chris Graham, Ellie Boardman, Natalia Kotynska, Edwin Yeboah, Matt French, Georgette Sebastiao.
Fundraising: Ellie Boardman, Natalia Kotynska, Chris Graham, Vikram Chhapwale, Edwin Yeboah, Matt French, Georgette Sebastiao.
Key transport design: Georgette Sebastiao, Matt French, Chris Graham.
Wiki design and editing: Edwin Yeboah, Vikram Chhapwale, Chris Graham.
Social media outreach: Georgette Sebastiao, Ellie Boardman, Chris Graham.
Photography and video production: Georgette Sebastiao, Chris Graham.
Team management: Ellie Boardman.
Game design: Chris Graham, Vikram Chhapwale.
Brainstorming: Matt French, Edwin Yeboah, Chris Graham, Vikram Chhapwale, Natalia Kotynska, Georgette Sebastiao, Ellie Boardman.
Freeze-drying and protocol: Matt French.
Freeze-dried cells revival: Edwin Yeboah.
Mathematical Modelling: Vikram Chhapwale, Matt French.
Public Relations: Chris Graham, Vikram Chhapwale.
PIs, Instructors and Advisors
Many thanks to our PIs, advisors and supervisors for being involved in every step of the project. Their advice and support were paramount for the success of the team. It was reassuring knowing that there were people we could turn to when we were not sure on how to proceed.
Project support and advice: Thanks to Ines Canadas, Sophie Vaud, Daphne Groothuis, Maria Zygouropoulou, James Gilbert, Luca Rossoni, Nigel Minton and Alex Conradie for giving andvice and support with project and time management as well as remind us of the resources and techniques available.
Brainstorming Support and Advice: Thanks to Nigel Minton, Alex Conradie, Daphne Groothuis, Maria Zygouropoulou, Ines Canadas, Sophie Vaud, Luca Rossoni and James Gilbert for being present at our brainstorming sessions and help us undestand the feasibility of our various ideas.
Laboratory Support: Thanks to Maria Zygouropoulou, Ines Canadas, Sophie Vaud and Daphne Groothuis for being so patient and helpful in the lab by teaching us lab techniques and helping us understand and interpret results.
Design of Experiment: Thanks to Daphne Groothuis, Maria Zygouropoulou, Ines Canadas and Sophie Vaud for helping we would not be able to properly design our experiments.
General Support Counselling: Thanks to Ines Canadas, Sophie Vaud, Daphne Groothuis, Maria Zygouropoulou, Luca Rossoni and James Gilbert for being readily available to answer all our question, for helping with ordering consumables and and much more.
Wiki support: Thanks to Luca Rossoni, James Gilbert, Sophie Vaud, Daphne Groothuis, Maria Zygouropoulou and Ines Canadas for constantly checking and giving feedback on our wiki content and design.
Mathematical Modelling: Thanks to James Gilbert for guiding Vikram in the modelling part of the project.
Support with Key Transport 3D printing: Thanks to Sophie Vaud and Luca Rossoni for making contact and arranging meetings with the Yazid and Jason from the 3D printing department.
Human Practices Support: Thanks to James Gilbert for suggesting Tech Nottingham as a great human practices activity.
Fundraising help and advice: Thanks to Maria Zygouropoulou and Ines Canadas for taking part in our bake sale, thus helping us raise some more funds.
Presentation Coaching: Thanks to Luca Rossoni, James Gilbert, Sophie Vaud, Daphne Groothuis, Maria Zygouropoulou and Ines Canadas for providing advice on how to present our project and for being present in our practice presentations.
We were able to do a lot, but not everything. The external support we received was undoubtedly an added value for the team and facilitated a lot in completing important tasks the team, our supervisors and advisors were not able to perform. Thus, the team is eternally thankful for the effort the following people put into helping the team:
Louise Dynes, for helping us from day one with the various task including outreach, team organization, fund raising, fund management and travel.
Ed Bolts lab, for providing us with dCas9 for the final stages of our lab work.
Eurofins and Source Bioscience, for helping with DNA sequencing.
Groningen iGEM Team, for accepting to collaborate with us by testing and providing results from the revival of our freeze-dried cells.
Sheffield iGEM Team, for accepting to collaborate with us by testing and providing results from the revival of our freeze-dried cells.
Valdemar Marques, for doing the 3D modelling of our key transport device.
Yazid Lakhdar, for providing support and advice on our 3D model as well as on the prices of materials.
Jason Young, for reviewing and updating our 3D model, as well as helping with the actual 3D printing.
Sarah Chapman, for providing support with freeze-drying.
Euridice Real, for helping us with the team pictures.
Words of Appreciation
The Nottingham iGEM team would like to once again give thanks to everyone who has directly or indirectly contributed towards making our project possible and easier to carry out. Our words will never be enough to show the extent of our gratefulness. Thanks a lot.