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    <p>The Missouri S&T iGEM team was founded under the guidance of Dr. Katie Shannon in 2006.  Dr. Shannon learned about the iGEM program at MIT through research associates from Missouri Western State University. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology had pioneered a collaborative research effort to use engineering principles to solve biological problems.  Their approach, coined Synthetic Biology, is based on creating a library of interchangeable genetic parts for bacteria and yeast. MIT expanded this project under the International Genetically Engineered Machines banner (iGEM for short). The first competition took place in the summer of 2004 with 5 teams. MIT is expecting 180+ teams in 2010.</p>
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    The S&T iGEM team has been around since 2007, when we competed with our ethanol sensor project. Our current project is to construct a microbial fuel cell using four outer membrane cytochrome genes from Geobacter and placing them into E. coli. This will allow the easy-to-work-with aerobic E. coli to complete its electron shuttling pathway outside the cell, kicking out electrons that can be used in an electric circuit.
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<p> The Missouri S&T team began with two simple projects of building a biological clock in Escherichia coli and an ethanol sensor in yeast. The projects acted as a test bed while students learned and perfected lab techniques. The team initially split into two research groups, one pursuing the clock while the other began work on an ethanol sensor and the two projects were presented together at the 2007 iGEM Jamboree. The clock project was retired after the 2007 Jamboree, and the ethanol sensor was continued for  2008 iGEM competitions. After the 2008 competition the sensor was retired and the team began its most ambitious project yet.</p>
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<p> As the 2008 iGEM competition was wrapping up, some students on the team proposed a new project. Using genes from Geobacter sulfurreducens that shuttled electrons outside of the cell, the team wanted to construct an aerobic microbial fuel cell by moving the genes from G. sulfurreducens to E. coli.</p>
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Latest revision as of 02:08, 28 October 2010


Introducing the Missouri Miners


Our History

The Missouri S&T iGEM team was founded under the guidance of Dr. Katie Shannon in 2006. Dr. Shannon learned about the iGEM program at MIT through research associates from Missouri Western State University. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology had pioneered a collaborative research effort to use engineering principles to solve biological problems. Their approach, coined Synthetic Biology, is based on creating a library of interchangeable genetic parts for bacteria and yeast. MIT expanded this project under the International Genetically Engineered Machines banner (iGEM for short). The first competition took place in the summer of 2004 with 5 teams. MIT is expecting 180+ teams in 2010.

The Missouri S&T team began with two simple projects of building a biological clock in Escherichia coli and an ethanol sensor in yeast. The projects acted as a test bed while students learned and perfected lab techniques. The team initially split into two research groups, one pursuing the clock while the other began work on an ethanol sensor and the two projects were presented together at the 2007 iGEM Jamboree. The clock project was retired after the 2007 Jamboree, and the ethanol sensor was continued for 2008 iGEM competitions. After the 2008 competition the sensor was retired and the team began its most ambitious project yet.

As the 2008 iGEM competition was wrapping up, some students on the team proposed a new project. Using genes from Geobacter sulfurreducens that shuttled electrons outside of the cell, the team wanted to construct an aerobic microbial fuel cell by moving the genes from G. sulfurreducens to E. coli.


Meet the Members















Our School: Missouri University of Science & Technology

Missouri S&T is part of the University of Missouri System located in Rolla, Missouri. It's approximately 6,000 students study mostly engineering and the sciences. The University takes part in the Green Energy Initiative, and our E3 Commons is an indicator of our commitment to sustainability and responsible energy research and development.


Our Town: Rolla, The Middle of Everywhere

A town of about 18,000, Rolla plays the generous host to Missouri S&T. Rolla is located in southeast Missouri between Springfield and St. Louis.