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Penn 2012 iGEM Wiki

Meet Our Team

The Penn iGEM 2012 Team consists of 4 undergraduates, 3 advisers, and many others who have provided important contributions along the way. Together, we have learned a lot over the last few months. We have taught ourselves different protocols and developed new standards to synchronize our work. Through our participation in iGEM, we have collaborated to learn more about synthetic biology - from the initial days of cloning constructs to the final days of imaging and analysis. Our idea for spatio-temporal control of drug delivery first originated in late May after weeks of reading papers. Slowly we have been able to piece together different components of the system to help the project materialize to the system it is today. We believe our work in optogenetics and drug delivery has a promising future and we are excited to share the results at the Americas East Regional Jamboree!


Ashwin Amurthur

Ashwin Amurthur is a second year bioengineering student at the University of Pennsylvania. He loves the Eagles

Michael Magaraci

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Peter Qiao

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Avin Veerakumar

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Dr. Casim A. Sarkar

Dr. Casim A. Sarkar is the Principal Investigator of the Molecular Cell Engineering Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering. His research interests include molecular cell engineering, protein engineering, ligand/receptor binding and trafficking, cell signaling and decision making, and computational, synthetic, and systems biology. Dr. Sarkar received a PhD in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Computational Biology at MIT and a BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Mark Goulian

Dr. Mark Goulian is the Edward J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on the regulatory circuits that bacteria use to sense and respond to the environment. His other research interests include two-component signaling in E. coli and directed evolution of signaling circuits. Dr. Goulian received his PhD from Harvard University.

Dr. Jordan S. Miller

Dr. Jordan S. Miller is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in Dr. Christopher S. Chen’s Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering. He is currently also a board member of Hive76 and before his time at Penn, he was a developer at RepRap and and an associate at PTV Sciences. Dr. Miller received a PhD from Rice University and earned his undergraduate degree from MIT.

Jason Cham is a third year bioengineering student at UC Berkeley. He enjoys watching movies and playing basketball. He's looking forward to the Jamboree and as always, Go Bears!

Xin Xin Lin is a 4th year Bioengineering student at UC Berkeley. When not conducting research or attending classes, she enjoys drawing, crafting, and reading up on art and cake blogs.

Miriam McQuade is a third year Molecular and Cell Biology Major. She enjoys eating food and ballet. When she grows up, she believes she will be a doctor and hopefully one who travels. Her main goal in life is to have many children and ultimately be happy.

Jessica is currently a third-year Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student at UC Berkeley. What she enjoys most about iGEM is being able to work in a team atmosphere. When Jessica is not in class or sitting in front of a computer, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and travelling.

He just graduated UC Berkeley with a BioE major. He plans to attend graduate school in the fall. During his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, feeding squirrels, and making guacamole!

Conor McClune is a 4th year Biochem and Molecular Biology student, minoring in Bioengineering. He enjoys upbeat music, looming mountains and volleyball, but despises sarcasm. He's currently struggling with an addiction to synthetic biology.