Items remarked by * means it was done by someone who is not student team members.
The initial idea of doing a project on catnip came from our advisor *Xuan Wang who mentioned to us the fact that catnip can be used as a green pesticide. Alexis Zeng did further research and saw the possibility of using a co-culture system for manufacturing. Lucinda Lin searched for strategies to optimize the microbial production, our primary PI *Dr. Haoqian Zhang recommended the use of TALE stabilized promoters.
Design: Alexis Zeng
Molecular Cloning: Tara Yuan, Leo Li, Alexis Zeng, Leo Li, Eden Yu, Rocky Yu, *Genscript (construction of pMVA-GPPS-GES)
Shake-flask fermentation: Alexis Zeng, Jesse Sun
GC Characterization: Sean Yao, Charles Wei
Design: Alexis Zeng, *Boxiang Wang
Molecular Cloning: Sean Yao, Rocky Yu, Tara Yuan, *Boxiang Wang (built the promoter library with us by SOE PCR and Golden Gate)
Flow Cytometry Characterization: Tara Yuan, Sean Yao, Charles Wei
Genome Integration: Sean Yao, Alexis Zeng, *Yiming Dong (provided us with plasmids, taught us the usage, and performed PCR), Rocky Yu
-Yeast Gene Deletion:
Design: Tara Yuan, Alexis Zeng, Charles Wei, *Boxiang Wang (taught Tara and Alexis principles for designing sgRNA and homologous arm)
Molecular Cloning: Alexis Zeng, David Yang, Tara Yuan, Leo Li, Eden Yu, Rocky Yu, Charles Wei
Verification: Alexis Zeng, *Xuanyu Zhao (deleted OYE2 by CRISPR while we achieved the same result by homologous recombination
Design: Alexis Zeng, *Boxiang Wang (proposed a new strategy using biobrick assembly when we failed to construct the yeast vector using Gibson Assembly)
Shake-flask fermentation: Sean Yao, Eden Yu, *Boxiang Wang (helped us to feed the yeast geraniol during night)
GC Characterization: Sean Yao, Tara Yuan, Charles Wei, Alexis Zeng, Eden Yu, Rocky Yu
Interlab: Sean Yao, Charles Wei, David Yang
Alexis Zeng, Lucinda Lin, and Sean Yao went to the iGEM Southern China Regional Meeting hosted by team SZU
Lucinda Lin and Sean Yao took part in the 5th Conference of China iGEMer Community
Alexis Zeng and Lucinda Lin organized the Shenzhen High School iGEM Meetup
Alexis Zeng, Lucinda Lin, Wade Xiao, Charles Wei, Rocky Yu participated the EurAsian Meet up
-Integrated Human Practice:
Interview with Fenghua Li: Lucinda Lin, Rocky Yu, Wade Xiao
xfactory presentation: Lucinda Lin, Alexis Zeng
Costal City Interview: Eden Yu, Rocky Yu, Luncinda Lin, Alexis Zeng
Green Drinks Workshop: Eden Yu, Rocky Yu, Alexis Zeng
Interview with government: Rocky Yu
Director: Rocky Yu
Participated: Lucinda Lin, Alexis Zeng, Eden Yu, Charles Wei, Leo Li, Tara Yuan, *Boxiang Wang, *Yiming Dong
Makers Fair: Eden Yu, Alexis Zeng, Rocky Yu, Charles Wei, Lucinda Lin
Maker space: Alexis Zeng, Lucinda Lin
Interview with neighborhood: Alexis Zeng
Design: Eden Yu, Alexis Zeng, *Boxiang Wang, Charles Wei
3D model: Eden Yu
Construction: Eden Yu
Lucinda Lin: wrote the ODE equations
Wade Xiao: researched the possible range of parameters
Eden Yu: carried out sensitivity analysis
*Alicia Graham: taught us how to use Matlab and the basics of modeling
*Honghao Su: helped us to research Flux Balance Analysis, attempted to use CellNetAnalyzer find out the optimum expression level of GPPS and GES.
Marie Wei: drew wiki illustration, designed postcards, poster, and banner.
David Yang: designed team uniform, wiki layout
Katrina Zhuo: designed team logo
The journey of iGEM wasn’t an easy one, and GreatBay_China has received lots of help from many people. Here we would like to thank specially to the following people who have given us the kindest support:
As a teacher in Bluepha Lab, Boxiang Wang offered us project-oriented training and taught us a set of courses on Molecular Biology, Synthetic Biology, Biosafety, and Ethics. Also as an iGEM coach, he gave us advice on project design and experiment planning, helped troubleshooting experiments, shared external resources, and attended our weekly meetings. Above all, he also taught us how to collect graphs and tables from experiments in a scientific and authoritative way.
Xuanyu Zhao helped us to pick up many important habits for scientific research such as making strain lists and having standardized experiment records. Also by frequent discussions with us, she guided us through the difficulties encountered in experiments, for example, modifying the method to delete yeast genes.
Yiming Dong has given us numerous useful tips on molecular cloning experiments. She provided us with the plasmid to perform genome insertion. Also, she shot some videos with Fenghua Li for us, and these videos later became essential materials of our documentary.
Alicia Graham is a former member of iGEM team Paris Bettencourt and a current Ph.D. candidate at Imperial College London. During her internship at Bluepha, she kindly offered us training on how to use Matlab and basics on mathematic modelling in Biology. Thank you, Alicia, for your warm support and encouragement!
Li Yu and John Henry
Li Yu and John Henry from xFactory offered keen guidance to help us design the cat shelter “Kitty Wonderland”. John Henry taught Eden Yu how to use the laser cut-out machine to prepare materials for constructing the cat shelter.
Honghao Su helped us with modeling by sharing what he had learned about Flux Balance Analysis and had attempted to use FBA for predicting the optimum expression level of GPPS and GES.
Harry is the student leader of team SIAT-SCIE 2017 and team RDFZ-China 2018. He is a student from Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE). This year Harry helped to build team GreatBay China by gathering a group of students who were interested in iGEM and providing them with some basic training including reading papers, learning from previous teams. And this group of student later became some members of GreatBay China (Alexis Zeng, Eden You, Charles Wei). He also provided many suggestions of different aspects throughout the iGEM season.
Fenghua Li and members of her animal rescue team
Fenghua Li kindly allowed us to film her and the cats she rescued. Through direct interview and in-depth conversation, she and the members of her animal rescue team offered us an insight into the current situation and difficulties faced by feral cat rescue nowadays, which was crucially important guidance for our human practice. They also reviewed our design of cat shelter and gave us suggestions to modify the shelter.
Dr. Junbiao Dai
Dr. Junbiao Dai had given us lots of advice on yeast gene deletion and vector construction, which was a timely help as we didn’t have any experience working with yeast before.
Dr. Christopher Voigt
The excellent work of Dr. Christopher Voigt truly inspired us and encouraged us to explore more about the TALE stabilized promoters. During the 4th Synthetic Biology Young Scholar Forum, he answered our questions about the usage of the TALEsp and discussed with us the application of the TALEsp to metabolic engineered. After, Dr. Christopher Voigt kindly commended our project. His warm encouragement has made us more motivated in the journey of discovery about synthetic biology.
Weitong Guo, who majors bioinformatics. Weitong was the former dry lab leader, mathematical modeler and software designer in the team HZAU China 2017. He gave us a large amount of advice regarding our mathematical modeling as well as he provided vital assistance for our sensitivity analysis by drawing out the heat map.
Pre-iGEM training & project start:
Bluepha Lab offers synthetic biology education in the forms of winter camps and summer camps. The course syllabus and materials are not freely available online. In February 2018, majority members of GreatBay_China took part in the Cell Factory winter camp held in Bluepha Lab which lasted for five days and was taught by Boxiang Wang. It was during the winter camp that we first started brainstorming. The project started in March and the lab began in April.