All work, from laboratory procedures to MATLAB modelling, was completed by CCA iGEM team members. The project was planned and executed by our own team members, but we also received support from various groups and would like to acknowledge them here.
General Support and Advice
We would like to thank the following individuals for their help and general support:
- Mr. Ariel Haas,
- Mrs. Erinn Eddingfield,
- Dr. Ed Gerstin,
- Mrs. Kristin Sevilla, and
- CCA Administration and the CCA Foundation
We would like to give special thanks to:
- The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) , especially Dr. Vince Bielinski, Dr. Erin Garza, Dr. Chris Dupont, and Dr. John Glass.
- Mr. Ariel Haas for letting us use the QUEST lab at school and his classroom, lending us supplies, and his patience with us over the course of the project.
We independently coded every aspect of our wiki.
As mentioned in our Collaborations, we received presentation guidance from Team Del Norte and Team TPHS.
- The CCA Foundation, for helping process funds in order to run the camp.
Collaborators / Human Practices Support
- TPHS and Del Norte San Diego iGEM Teams for co-organizing a meetup for all of us to practice our presentations, troubleshoot common problems, mentor each other on common project aspects, and provide some general advice.
- Team EVRY and UW for providing synthetic biology materials which we also helped translate in return.
- The "I Love a Clean San Diego" beach cleanup organizers, for organizing the beach cleanup we participated in to help experience some oceanic problems firsthand and providing us with an outlet to interact with our target communities.
Team Training and Project Start
- Does your institution teach an iGEM or synthetic biology course? Partially. Our school, Canyon Crest Academy, offers a QUEST Program with three tiers that helps students gain knowledge of basic laboratory techniques such as bacterial transformations, PCR, and gel electrophoresis.
- When did you start this course? The majority of our team members took this course in the Spring term of their freshmen and sophomore years. However, some key members of our team have not taken this course, and instead of outside experiences of working with biology and lab techniques.
- Are the syllabus and course materials freely available online? Yes, they're available on the course instructor's (Mr. Ariel Haas) website to freely view.
- When did you start your brainstorming? Our project is in its second year, so brainstorming started in December 2017. Brainstorming started in January 2019 specifically for this year.
- When did you start in the lab? June 2019
- When did you start working on your project? February 2019