ITU IGEM Team Won The Medal with Its Project On Detecting Meth-based Drugs
Nov 10, 2016

ITU International Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM) Team, established only in 2016, won a bronze medal in the “IGEM-International Genetically Engineered Machines” Competition 2016 held in Boston, USA, October 27-31. ITU IGEM team received the medal with its project entitled “Design and Production of a Whole Cell Biosensor for the Detection of Methamphetamine Based Drugs”. The project involves designing a synthetic that changes its color when exposed to drug-containing samples, thereby allowing faster detection of drugs even in low-volume samples.

The biosensor that was designed in the project offers a practical and easy-to-use method of detecting drugs in multiple sites without the need for laboratory conditions. After the design process, the biosensor was tested in the laboratory. The project supervisors were Assoc. Prof. Fatma Neşe Kök and Assoc. Prof. Nevin Gül Karagüler from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. The team members, all undergraduate students from the same department, are as follows: Altug Uludag, Dilşad Dagtekin, Evrim Fer, Galip Can Güçlü, Melis Akgün, Nedim Hacıosmanoglu, and Yagmur Güneri.


The team was supported by ITU Rectorate with “Student Projects Grant Program” and laboratory infrastructure. Also, during the modeling phase, the team received feedback from Assist. Prof. Sefer Baday from the National Centre for High Performance Computing (UHeM) and ITU Institute of Informatics and Assoc. Prof. Bülent Balta of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.
We congratulate IGEM team on their international success and thank the following sponsors who provided the team with support throughout the project: ITU ARI Technopolis, Governorship of Istanbul, Turkish Airlines, Istanbul’s Children Foundation, and Sentromer DNA Technologies.


About the International Genetically Engineered Machines (IGEM) Competition and ITU IGEM Team

IGEM competition has been annually organised since 2000 and is considered as an important event in the field of synthetic biology. It is a competition between projects on the production of biological systems that are not found in nature through genetic engineering methods.

ITU IGEM Team, established by undergraduate students of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, aims to participate in IGEM competition every year and developing solutions to key issues in the field of molecular biology and genetics through synthetic biology approaces.