March 2019: Edmond J. Safra Center supports the first TAU team in the iGEM competition

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is a worldwide synthetic biology competition. Every year, hundreds of groups from different universities around the world participate and present novel ideas that address current global issues. This year, a TAU team participates in the competition for the first time.

March 2019: Edmond J. Safra Center supports the first TAU team in the iGEM competition
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is a worldwide synthetic biology competition. Every year, hundreds of groups from different universities around the world participate and presente novel ideas that address current global issues. 
 
 
This year, a TAU team participates in the competition for the first time. The team consists of 13 excellent undergraduate students from the Engineering, Life Sciences, and Exact Sciences faculties. It includes three students from the BSc bioinformatics program: Dror Hadas, Ofek Schnitzer, and Omer Grinboim. The last two are Edmond J. Safra BSc student fellows. Prof. Tamir Tuller, Edmond J. Safra Center member (Engineering), together with Dr. Johann Elbaz (Life Sciences) and Dr. Dor Salomon (Medicine) are guiding the project. The project is partially supported by the Edmond J. Safra Center. The  competition will be held on October 31 2019 in Boston.
 
 
The aim of the team is to combine interdisciplinary techniques in synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and engineering to tackle antibiotic resistance: The team will explore the possibility to use, instead of antibiotics, protein complexes called Pyocins. One goal is to engineer a "friendly" bacterium, E. coli, to produce these complexes against a target bacteria, thus creating a flexible "drug factory". 
 
 
 
 
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