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  1. January - team recruitment

  2. February - Brainstorming

  3. July - start of the lab work

  4. October - Wiki finalisation and trip to Boston.



Hana Samet worked on the DNA extraction with microneedles. She contributed to the hardware design and was responsible of the wiki coding & design. She attended the InParis European Meetup.
Stefania Konstantinidi also worked on the DNA extraction with microneedles and on the wiki coding & design. She contacted and interviewed Basile Neyroud, a local winegrower.
Luc Gabel worked on the DNA amplification by RPA and took part in the graphic design of the project. He contacted Agroscope and the phytosanitary police for the integrated human practices. He attended the Swiss meetup.
Théo Nass had the idea of detecting two plant diseases. He worked on the DNA amplification by RPA and took care of the safety procedure to work in a P2 lab. He also contacted Agroscope and the phytosanitary police for the integrated human practices and attended the Swiss and SynBio Gone Viral meetups.
Junyan Qian designed and tested the toeholds. He created our logo and worked on the design of the wiki, as well as designing and 3D-printing the hardware prototypes. He attended the Swiss and SynBio Gone Viral meetups.
Laura Kvedarauskaite worked on the Signal generation. She organized the summer school program and the meeting with Geneva’s team in EPFL. She attended the Swiss and the SynBio Gone Viral meetups.
Dana Mozaffari worked on the Signal generation. He attended the InParis European Meetup and SynBio Gone Viral Meetup.
Konstantinos Ragios worked on creating and testing our own OnePot PURE system. He was also in charge of filling in the registry. He collaborated with the team of Thessaly and attended the Swiss and InParis meetups.
Leonard Karsunky worked on toeholds and on creating a tutorial for our novel OnePot PURE system. He attended the InParis European Meetup and the meetup with Geneva.


Sebastian Maerkl is the professor responsible for the 2019 EPFL iGEM team. He recruited the team members and organized the weekly meetings. He gave us meaningful advice in the direction of the project, the wiki design, the presentation and for various problems we encountered.
Furthermore, Sebastian Maerkl provided us access to his laboratory, the Laboratory of Biological Network Characterization (LBNC), and secured the EPFL funding for iGEM over the years.
Shiyu Cheng and Chun-Jie Cai are the team's supervisors. They were present in all the team meetings, organized the lab trainings and answered many of our questions during the project. They also kindly lent us many lab kits when our orders took time to arrive.
Barbora Lavickova works at LBNC and wrote the paper on OnePot PURE. She helped us with some lab experiments such as cloning and lent us some of her personal OnePot PURE when ours wasn’t ready yet.
Thomas Jordan and Lena Bruhin are previous iGEMers, they helped Josh and Shyiu during the lab trainings. They also provided us useful information concerning the social part of the competition such as participating to many meetups and collaborating with other teams early on in the project.

General Support

Martine Truan is the secretary of LBNC, she kept track of the team’s budget and helped us organize the trips to the meetups and to Boston.
DLL Laboratory. Our team had the opportunity to work in the Discovery, Learning Laboratory (DLL) at EPFL. We had access to the basic materials, buffers and measurement equipments such as a fluorescence plate reader, thermocycler, incubator and more.
Josiane Smith-Clerc is the administrator of the DLL Laboratory, she purchased and ordered stock solutions and basic laboratory equipment including pipette tips, gloves, buffers and others. She also trained us on how to work safely in a biosafety level 2 lab.
Camille Freyssenet and Eleonora Simeoni were our biosafety officers during the project. We contacted them early on in our project to be able to work with infected leaves in the lab. They helped us during the process of characterizing the danger of the infected leaves and provided us the trainings for the biosafety level 2 lab. Thanks to them, the biosafety level 2 lab of Elena Goun accepted to host us during our experiments with infected plants.

Human Practices

Maya Fruehauf & Géraldine Zahnd organized the program for the Summer school every year. They contacted us to teach experiments to high schoolers for one afternoon.
Julien Delisle organized the EPFL’s open house. He contacted us to present our project to the public for this occasion.
Basile Neyroud accepted to answer our questions concerning the impact of Flavescence Dorée on their vines.
Michel Jeanrenaud is the phytosanitary officer responsible for grapevine sampling in Vaud. He explained to us how to recognize the infected leaves and to sample them.
Santiago Schaerer works at Agroscope, the federal organization in charge of running the tests to diagnose the plants. He guided us through our project to design an appropriate and applicable test.


We would like to thank all of our sponsors, without whom the project would not have been possible.