Laboratory work, Integrated human practices, Wiki, Communications
Research, Laboratory Design, Laboratory work
Research, Laboratory Design, Laboratory work, BioBricks
Podcast, Communications, Outreach, Wiki
Research, Laboratory design, BioBricks
Integrated human practices, Communications
Modelling, Wiki, Laboratory work, Design
Funding, Outreach, Collaborations and Conferences
Integrated human practices, Presentations, Laboratory work
Modelling, Laboratory work
Laboratory work, Sequencing, Presentations
Outreach, Integrated human practices, Communications, Wiki
Integrated human practices, Communications, Podcast
Funding, Outreach, Laboratory work
Finances, Funding, Outreach
Integrated human practices, Laboratory work
Leevi Lehtonen & Kaarle Rasi (‘18)
Leevi & Kaarle helped with organizational matters and issues related to financials
Maisa Vuorte (‘17)
Maisa helped us tremendously to get a smooth start with modeling and helped us to further develop our mathematical model
Eveliina Karjalainen (‘17)
Eveliina was always available for help, whether it was a small or big question related to teamwork, or how to get started with the whole project
Minttu Salmela (‘14)
Minttu was especially helpful in giving insights into the life as an iGEMer and how to build team spirit
Oskari Vinko (‘14)
Oskari gave us great tips for our poster and presentation outlook
Heli, University teacher at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at the Aalto University of Chemical Engineering, is our principal advisor. She arranged some of our initial funding and has been guiding us in the ideation and helping with any practical issues in the lab.
Minna is a University Lecturer, Docent in Molecular virology, and Group Leader in the Self-assembly and replication of double-stranded RNA viruses group at the University of Helsinki. Minna has been advising us especially in the ideation and research phases of our project, in addition to providing us with plasmids from her lab to test with V. natriegens.
Markus is a Professor of Biomolecular materials at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, and the leader of Biomolecular materials research group. He has guided and helped us in finding experts who would be able to assist with our project
Merja is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at the Aalto University of Chemical Engineering and Research Professor in Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic biology at VTT, and the Principal scientist of Synbio Powerhouse. Merja is perhaps the most adept scientist in synthetic biology in Finland and has helped us a lot with guidance, contacts and opportunities such as attending the Biotech theme week.
Chris is a doctoral candidate in Biomolecular materials research group in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems. Chris has helped our project starting from lab planning, execution, creation of plasmids constructs – and providing us with some of his plasmids to DNA orders and many practical things on how to navigate through the university’s bureaucracy.
Bartosz is an academy postdoctoral researcher working in Biomolecular materials research group, in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at Aalto University. Bartosz has helped us with his expertise and experiences throughout the scope of our project, e.g. with DNA orders, sequencing, protein expression and cell fractioning.
Docent, University Lecturer in Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme at the University of Helsinki, Pekka has helped us in the ideation and planning phase of the project.
University lecturer in the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme and member of the Molecular Mechanisms of Bacteria in Infectious Diseases and Health Research Programme at University of Helsinki. Ritva instructed us in sample preparation for microscopy and kindly provided us the materials for it.
University lecturer the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme and principal investigator of her research group in the Molecular Mechanisms of Bacteria in Infectious Diseases and Health Research Programme at University of Helsinki. Benita helped us with general questions about biotechnological protein production and bacterial cultures.
Docent in molecular biology, university lecturer in the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme and principal investigator of the RNAcious laboratory at University of Helsinki. Peter helped us gain insight into optimization of heterologous protein production through addressing codon bias and tRNA modifications.
University lecturer in the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme at University of Helsinki. Suvi gave us valuable feedback on our ideas of genetic editing and measurement techniques.
MA, MPhil student from the University of Helsinki, Eeva has provided our team assistance in the ideation and planning phase, in addition to giving psychological support to tackle the project.
Ulla Åhman & Kaisa Hytti
University lab technicians
Tuula Palmén (SynBio)
Tuula Palmén from Synbio Powerhouse invited us to an business angel and investor event called BioBusiness Builder event where we met potential sponsors got helpful advice
Carmela Kantor-Aaltonen and Anni Siltanen (Kemianteollisuus ry)
Olli Silvennoinen and Kustaa Multamäki (HiLIFE, Helsinki Institute of Life Science)
Päivi Äijälä and Anjariitta Savolainen
Päivi and Anjariitta from Caleidocons Oy organized a team coaching session for us and gave tips for smooth teamwork during the project.
Christa gave several presentation coaching sessions for us and helped us with pitching, taking our presentation skills to the next level.
Martti introduced Aalto Design Factory to us. We got to use their facilities for the poster printing, for example.
We hosted a coaching session for International Biology Olympiad team from Finland and Saija helped us with booking the location and other arrangements related to the event.
Siina Vasama, Jutta Kujasalo, Rauno Bergman and
Rosaliina Munnukka from Heureka Science Center
Rosaliina Munnukka from Heureka Science Center
We got the opportunity to host workshops in Heureka Science Center for an entire day. Siina, Jutta, Rauno, and Rosaliina kindly helped us planning the workshops at an early stage. Siina and Rauno further helped us developing our plans and obtaining the materials for our workshops, as well as setting up and organizing everything on the event day.
Merja Penttilä, Pauli Kallio, Lauri Reuter and Mikko Myllykoski
These professionals from different fields helped us with creating our podcast series about synthetic biology. Each of them took part in our podcast as guest speaker.
We interviewed Päivi, children’s endocrinologist at the New Children’s Hospital, Helsinki. She told us about human growth hormone treatment in more detail, and gave us contacts to dive deeper into the subject
We interviewed Risto, children’s endocrinologist at the New Children’s Hospital, Helsinki, and discussed about the manufacturing methods and treatment decisions in enzyme replacement therapy
We talked to Martin Deublin, mechanical engineer, and managing director at One One Eleven GmbH. He has made a long career in the field of life sciences and biomanufacturing and gave us an idea about how biopharmaceutical companies business strategies works and how it will evolve in the future.
We talked with Mia Bengtström from Pharma Industry Finland PIF, a finnish organization that collects and shares information, knowledge and contacts in the pharmaceutical industry. We interviewed her to get more insights about how the biopharmaceutical production and industry works.
We interviewed Jari Vehmaanperä, CEO of AB Enzymes and research director at Roal enzymes. We got valuable information regarding industrial recombinant protein production and enzyme industry from him.
Tarja Kähkönen & Anssi Linnankivi
We talked to Tarja, Healthcare District Leader, and Anssi, Medical Director, at Roche Finland. Roche has a great amount of different biopharmaceuticals in their portfolio. We got help with understanding the process of developing new biopharmaceuticals, the future and current trends in pharmaceutical industry as well as the operation model of typical pharmaceutical companies.
We talked to Tero Saukkonen, CMR Director of Novo Nordisk Finland. He helped us to understand the human growth hormone and insulin production and products better as well as gave us valuable insights about business models and issues related to therapeutic proteins.
We were in correspondence with Robin Payne, a Facilitator at BPOG - BioPhorum Operations Group. He helped us with documents that provided us with information about a technology management process to accelerate innovation in biomanufacturing.