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Dr. George Wadhams
Oxford Department of Biochemistry
Dr. Wadhams has been mentoring our team since its formation in January. In addition to providing advice at our weekly lab meetings, he was essential in helping us assess the viability of our initial ideas and later tailoring our final one that became our project.
Dr. Nicolas Delalez
Oxford Department of Engineering
Dr. Delalez advised us on multiple aspects of the project. He has a mysterious ability to troubleshoot all our hurdles in the wet lab: everything from an unsuccessful PCR to a contaminated plate of cells.
Dr. Aivar Sootla
Oxford Department of Engineering
Aivar guided us through features of time domain analysis, including modelling of the individual reaction pathways as well as the body response.
Prof. Antonis Papachristodoulou
Oxford Department of Engineering
Professor Papachristodoulou has been very helpful for introducing us to general areas of ODE-based models and verifying our final model.
Prof. Judy Armitage
Oxford Department of Biochemistry
Professor Judy Armitage was kind enough to let us use her laboratory for our work this Summer.
Dr. Maike Bublitz
Oxford Department of Biochemistry
Professor Maike Bublitz advised on the use of DNA precipitation protocols to increase plasmid concentration for successful transformations. She also kindly provided adenine sulfate dihydrate for use in our riboswitch characterisation studies.

Individual Attributions

Additional Thanks

  • Dr Simon Travis for helping us narrow down to focusing only on IBD
  • Dr Hannah Chen for her insight into biomarkers
  • Dr Tony Cutler for expert advice on autoimmune diseases
  • Professor Chris O’Callaghan for highlighting key studies in biomarkers
  • Andra Necula for detailed guidance regarding the use of metabolic markers to approximate immune cell populations in the intestine
  • Dr Chris Butler for helping us understand patient perceptions
  • Professor David Greaves for highlighting the importance of controlling IL-10 delivery
  • Professor Luzheng Xue for advice on the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases
  • Yale Michaels for pointing us towards considering a patent
  • Ben Reeves for his insights of creating a startup out of an iGEM project
  • Jonathan Thomson from the Oxford Foundry for advising us on people to reach out to
  • Michael Morrison for his insights into probiotic law and introducing us to Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • Christopher Huang for guiding us towards OUI for a patent application
  • Leah Thompson for introducing us to Susan Campbell from OUI
  • Susan Campbell for introducing us to the concepts of value proposition, business model canvas and for advising us on patents
  • Christine Whyte for helping us understand the necessity of more data for a patent application
  • Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult for teaching us about the intricacies of therapeutic manufacturing and logistics
  • Barr research group for providing us with hydrogen peroxide to characterise the SoxR/S promoter library

  • We would also like to thank the following organisations:

    • Corpus, Somerville, Pembroke and UNIQ Summer Schools for allowing us to give presentations to their students
    • New Scientist for allowing us to exhibit our work to a wide audience at New Scientist Live
    • Oxford Museum of Natural History for allowing us to have a stall at a ‘meet the experts’ event, where we could teach the public about our system and synthetic biology
    • Oxplore for inviting us to host a short podcast promoting iGEM and synthetic biology to a younger audience
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