Team:Humboldt Berlin

iGEM HU Berlin:

We proudly present you the freshwater algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Chlamy, being easy to cultivate and a well understood model organism, poses a powerful tool for synthetic biology. Using state-of-the-art methods of molecular biology we want to establish the freshwater alga as a photosynthetic chassis in the iGEM competition. Considering environmental issues Chlamy poses a favorable tool, possessing the capability to fixate carbon dioxide. To convince you of Chlamy's potential we are developing a new, environment-friendly way of recycling the most common plastic, polyethylene therephtalate (PET).



Our project has been awarded with a gold medal and an award for the "Best Plant Synthetic Biology"

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Our Team consists of young, aspiring scientists from the fields of Biology and Biophysics. We joined forces with different researchers and other teams to bring our vision forward.

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Using state-of-the-art methods of molecular biology we want to establish a toolkit of parts and vectors to engineer C. reinhardtii's genome to tackle man-made environmental problems.



Using the MoClo-Assembly-Standard, which is widely used in the plant synthetic biology community, we created the Chlamy-HUB-collection of MoClo parts, including promoters/terminators, secretion signals, and different reporters and markers.



How do we make sure all experiments pose no risk for our researchers and the environment? Read all about our safety rules and plans for containment of our genetically engineered organism.

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We joined forces with experts from academia and industry and implement their knowledge in our experimental set-up. Moreover we started to raise awareness for global plastic pollution engaged in public events to inform about answers synthetic biology might have in store.