University of Heidelberg

iGEM Team Heidelberg 2013

Grand Prize at WCJ

In securing the best poster award at the continental qualification jamboree on October 11-13 the Heidelberg iGEM team demonstrated with a preliminary project already its high capability. At the world championship jamboree (WCJ) on November 2-4 in Boston the team was then for its Philosopher's Stone project as first German team in the history of this competition awarded the Grand Prize. The image shows the cheering team with the Grand Prize trophy (silver biobrick) after the award ceremony on the yard around MIT's Cresge auditorium.

Link: Article on (in German)


Project - The Philosopher's Stone

The Philosopher's Stone was among alchemists a substance capable of turning waste into gold. The Heidelberg team tries in this year to develop an E. Coli bacterium with this mysterious property. To achieve this aim the team intends to transfer the molecular machinery responsible for synthesis of a gold precipitating peptide from the bacterium Delftia acidovorans into E. Coli. These so called Non-Ribosomal Peptide Synthetases (NRPSs) have a highly modular structure, which make them ideal for customization for new biological purposes. A detailed description of the team project can be found at the official iGEM team page. 

The project is among others in particular supported by the Helmhotz Initiative for Synthetic Biology.


iGEM Team Heidelberg 2013


The team with 13 undergraduate students from Ruperto-Carola University of Heidelberg is in this year supervised by Prof. Dr. Roland Eils (left on image) and Dr. Barbara Di Ventura. A complete overview on the members of this team can be found at  this team description.


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