NTNU iGEM team information

The NTNU iGEM 2015 team consists of:

  • Julia Adrian
  • Madina Akan
  • Youssef Chahibi
  • Typhaine Le Doujet
  • Marit Røe

We have started up our work -- more information will be posted at our iGEM-wiki.

Follow us on twitter for exiting updates: @NTNUigem



In 2011, NTNU organized and hosted the first Norwegian team to participate in the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. This is the premier competition in synthetic biology for college and university students. Since its inception in 2004, it has grown to comprise more than 200 teams world wide. Each team receives a kit of biological parts, also called biobricks, from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, which they will use and augment during their projects. Synthetic biology is an important topic, and the 2013 iGEM team was featured on Norwegian Public Television popular science program Schrödingers Katt.

The NTNU iGEM teams receive strong support from Dept. of Biotechnology, both in terms of laboratory space, mentoring by faculty members, and financial support. Additionally, the Program for Bioinformatics has been a regular sponsor. We are actively looking for sponsoring partners.

The NTNU iGEM team consists of students selected from a pool of applicants with diverse set of backgrounds, such as biotechnology, biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, and medicine. We are looking for applicants that are in their 2nd - 5th year of study at NTNU, as well as graduate students. The application procedures and deadlines will be announced to the different study programs every year.

For questions, contact the team organizer, Prof. Eivind Almaas.


Past NTNU iGEM team projects:

  • Team 2014: SynECO2 - Using bacteria to reduce athmospheric CO2 levels. Emissions of CO2 have recieved a lot of attention in recent times, due to concerns that high emission levels are facilitating global warming. We will produce a plasmid that will increase photosynthetic bacteria's rate of CO2 fixation. To do this, we will construct BioBricks that, when assembled, allow inducible expression of non-native genes in our chassis; Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. The team receved a Gold medal.

             NTNU 2014 igem team. From left: Pål Røynestad, Elias Augestad, Eivind Drejer, Jacob Lamb, Camilla Reehorst, Ronja Hesthammer, og Line Omtvedt.

  • Team 2013VesiColi - a bacterial drug delivery vehicle based on outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) that all gram negative bacteria produce. The project is focused on manipulating the content of the OMVs by making E. coli cells  (i) insert a fluorescent protein, and (ii) the transmembrane protein G derived from Streptococcus dysgalactiae ssp. equisimilisi into its OMVs. The team received a Bronze medal.

             NTNU 2013 igem team. From left: Maria Karoline Andersen, Shiva Shojaei Moghaddam, Elllen Stormo, Patricia Adl, and Ingrid Fadum Kjønstad.

  • Team 2012: A bacterial anti-cancer kamikaze. The project is to design and construct a complex genetic circuit that will constitutively produce a cell toxin, and also initiate lysis when  E. coli cells are in close proximity to cancer tissue. Additionally, the team made the popular iGEM Matchmaker, facilitating collaborations between iGEM teams. The team received a Gold medal.

             The team with the NTNU main building in the background. Behind from left: Ove, Jarle, Eivind, Martin, Rolf and Marius. Front from left: Gunvor, Eirin, Rahmi and Nina.

  • Team 2011: A red fluorescent stress sensor. In response to a variety of stress factors, E. coli cells will produce the alarmone guanosine tetraphosphate (ppGpp). The synthetic circuit designed and constructed by the team will trigger when ppGpp is present and change color E. coli cells to red. The team received a Bronze medal.

             Upper left: Gunvor, Adrian, Anders, Jon, Espen, Eivind (advisor). Lower left: Christian, Henrik, Tormund, Eirik, Rahmi (advisor). Not present: Marius, Martin, Svein (advisors)