Susan Chen

Hello! My name is Susan and I am a first year at UCSF in the Tetrad program. I grew up in the east bay area and stayed around to study biochemistry and bioengineering at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). During my time at Cal, I discovered academic research, more specifically synthetic biology, and became very interested in harvesting the power of biology for useful applications. Spurred by that interest, I joined the 2009 Berkeley iGEM team to work on bacterial surface display, and from there I became inspired to one day TA iGEM, contributing to this rich experience for students and just getting plain old excited for novel synthetic biology research.

Ben Heineike

Ben Heineike is assisting the IGEM team with computational tools. He is a PhD student in Bioinformatics, and a member of the UCSF center for Systems and Synthetic Biology. He grew up in Kings Beach, Ca and graduated from North Tahoe High School, and afterwards attended the US Naval Academy, where he studied mathematics. He also holds an MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the University of Oxford. He spent several years as a Surface Wafare Officer in the US Navy including a tour as a mathematics instructor at the Naval Academy.

Graham Heimberg

I'm Graham, a second year Bioinformatics PhD student here at UCSF. After doing iGEM as an undergrad at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... twice, I figured I wasn't quite done yet. So now I help with the computational aspects of the team's project. I think iGEM is a pretty cool opportunity. Here at UCSF where we have a team mainly comprised of high school students and it's particularly exciting for this to be their first exposure to hands on, technical science.

John Haliburton

Graduate Student, iPQB

Greg Fedewa

Greg is a second year Bioinformatics student at UCSF. He went to Michigan State University for undergrad and studied Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. While there he worked in a plant biochemistry lab. After undergrad, he worked for a few years researching plant genetics. He also helped with the iGEM Jamboree in 2009. This year he is helping mostly with wet lab experiments and analysis.