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Who we are


  • Courtney Evans: IGB Lab Supervisor
  • Professor Joanne Mannaster: Bioengineering
  • Dr. Chris Rao: Chemical Engineering
  • Dr. Yong-Su Jin: Food Science and Nutrition


    Lab Director
    Research Director
    Supreme Dictator of Hamsters
    Technical Director
    Team Director

What we did

This year, the University of Illinois Bioware Team worked with genes from Salmonella and E. coli to create a bioremediation system that removes arsenic and gold from solution. We also improved upon the bacterial decoder project from last year, and worked to incorporate the two projects. More information can be found on our Project page.

Where we're from

Consisting of 31,173 undergraduates and 10,322 graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement. The University is distinguished by its breadth of programs, overarching academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. In 2007, $473,711,000 was spent on research and development in science and engineering.

Some interesting facts about UIUC:

• In 2010, UIUC was ranked as the number 9 public university in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges.
• The College of Engineering is ranked 5th in undergraduate and 5th in graduate programs nationally.
• The Princeton Review named Illinois as one of the nation's best value undergraduate institutions in the new 2008 edition of its publication, America's Best Value Colleges.
• PC Magazine (Dec 2006) ranks Illinois 6th "Most Connected, Plugged-in, and High-Tech Campus in the Country."