The entire 2018 iGEM Guelph team

would like to give a special thank you

to the following individuals and organizations

that made our participation in the 2018 iGEM season possible.

Our amazing PIs, Drs Rebecca Shapiro, Stephen Seah, and Cezar Khursigara

For their constant advice and assistance, both on the design of the project and troubleshooting. We could not have done it without you, and we look forward to working with you for the 2019 year!

Drs Joseph Lam, Ian Tetlow, and Emma Allen-Vercoe

For their advice and suggestions on how to conduct our project, the use of specialized equipment, as well as how to move beyond the project in the future.

Dr. Charlotte Yates, Vice President Academic (Provost), University of Guelph

For meeting with the team and offering her support for the 2018 iGEM team, as well as all our preliminary conversations regarding support for the 2019 team and beyond. We can’t wait to work with her and her team going forward!

Dr. Malcolm Campbell, Vice President-Research, University of Guelph

For his significant financial support through the University, as well as his personal openness and interest in the team! We can’t wait to work with the office of Research going forward!

Dr. Marc Coppolino and MCB Departmental Faculty and Staff

For their much-needed financial support through the University, as well as Dr. Coppolino’s personal support for the team.

Dr. Jonathan Newman, Dean, College of Biological Sciences, University of Guelph

For much-needed financial support through the University, as well as his personal support for the team!

Dr. Brian Husband, Professor and Associate Dean, Academic, University of Guelph

For his interest in iGEM’s role at the University of Guelph from an experiential academic perspective. We’re excited to continue our conversation with the goal of turning iGEM into an accredited experience-based course at the University.

Danielle Rose

For helping maintain iGEM Guelph during a difficult time, and offering her support whenever she could! Her assistance during the transition from the 2017-2018 year was instrumental in building the team we see today.

Maayan Oren

For helping get us established as an official organization at the University of Guelph, and keeping all our documents in order. Can’t wait to have you back!

Julia Harvie

A great friend of the team, thank you for helping establish our Dry Lab department, providing consultation and peer advice, and offering her support when she could!

Jordi Cain

For providing insight into the experimental design of modified yeast.

Jenny Lawson

For assisting in the compilation of basic molecular protocols for first year students, and being a great friend!

Christian Carlucci

For providing access to a much-needed spectrophotometer, and for his patience in training and scheduling.

Marissa Dahari, Deb Flett and Jamie Jones

For providing lab space and allowing us to raid their supplies on occasion (with permission!)

University of Guelph Laboratory Services

For their generous support of sequencing services, and for the quality they provide.

Ontario iGEM Teams

For their advice, guidance, and friendship! Can’t wait to work with you guys closely going forward!

Financial Support

A special thanks to our University! The University of Guelph has supported us in numerous ways. We would like to thank the Dean of the College of Biological Sciences, Johnathan Newman, The Vice-President of Research, Malcolm Campbell and the Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Marc Coppolino for their financial support.

Lab Supplies and Resources

We would like to thank Marc Coppolino and Guelph's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology for use of lab space over the course of the competition. As well as to our Supervisors Drs Rebecca Shapiro, Stephen Seah and Cezar Khursigara. Over the course of the competition, they have donated laboratory supplies and resources to the our team. As well thank you to IDT for their donation of DNA synthesis and New England Biolabs for their donation of reagents. Without your help this project would have never had a hope of succeeding. A special thanks to the University of Guelph Lab Services department for their generous support with oligo synthesis and sequencing, and Sandra Walters in particular for her dedication in supporting our team.

Additional Resources

One of the beauties of iGEM is that it brings together wonderful people from all walks of life. It shows that help and support can come in many forms, and every bit counts. A big thank you to the Guelph Queer Equality club for graciously allowing us to use their button maker! A huge thank you to everyone who kindly took the time to express their support, or even just send a smile our direction! Thank you to Key Centre Engravables for their donation of team shirts


A huge thank you to the previous year’s Guelph iGEM Team for helping us expand and get off the ground. We would like to especially thank our newest mentors Dr. Rebecca Shapiro and Dr. Stephen Seah for their openness and guidance in our project this year. Without their guidance we would not have achieved what we have in our project and not garnered the support and attention that our team has built up within our local community this year.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout our journey so far!

We look forward to many years of

awesome science and experiences in the future.

University of Guelph iGEM 2018