iGEM Jamboree

Continuing my streak of fun assignments for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, my latest gig had me spending a day over at MIT for the iGEM Jamboree World Championships where the world’s top college teams showcased their research and development of synthetic biology applications. Everything happening at this event was about 10 stratospheres above my thinking ability, but it was hard not to get excited about some of the projects these students were presenting. From customizable, programmable proteins to unique teaching tools to educate dummies like me, the Jamboree had plenty of cool things to look at.

I tried hard to capture the energy of the day in my photos, all the while trying to keep my head from exploding from the information overload, but it was a blast either way. You can read more at the Chronicle, if you can get past the paywall.

11/3/12 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- From left, Chenchen Lyu, Junqiu Zhang and Qijia Cheng of the South University of Science and Technlogy of China in Zhenzhan go over their entry in the software category at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, many of whom tagged their representative schools on the chalkboard on the wall, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — From left, Chenchen Lyu, Junqiu Zhang and Qijia Cheng of the South University of Science and Technlogy of China in Zhenzhan go over their entry in the software category at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, many of whom tagged their representative schools on the chalkboard on the wall, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Teams from the University of Michigan, left, and Groningen University answer questions about their projects from attendees at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Teams from the University of Michigan, left, and Groningen University answer questions about their projects from attendees at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Bethan Wolfenden of the University College of London presents her team's entry in the Environment category at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Bethan Wolfenden of the University College of London presents her team's entry in the Environment category at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Angela Chen of the University of Illinois answers questions about her team's at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Angela Chen of the University of Illinois answers questions about her team's at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Xiamen University presents their digital display built with synthetic circuits with genetic logic gates in the New Application category at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Xiamen University presents their digital display built with synthetic circuits with genetic logic gates in the New Application category at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- From left, Zhang Peiran, Wang Tianhe and Gong Minghao of the Ocean University of China and Thomas Landrain of Université Evry Val d'Essonne talk about their projects at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — From left, Zhang Peiran, Wang Tianhe and Gong Minghao of the Ocean University of China and Thomas Landrain of Université Evry Val d'Essonne talk about their projects at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Eri Awazu of UT-Tokyo snaps a photo of the Wellesley College team's "SynFlo," a teaching tool they developed to introduce people to synthetic biology flows, at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

11/3/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Eri Awazu of UT-Tokyo snaps a photo of the Wellesley College team's "SynFlo," a teaching tool they developed to introduce people to synthetic biology flows, at the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree at MIT on Nov. 3, 2012. Jamboree finalists, who came from universities around the world, presented projects focused on synthetic biology. (Kelvin Ma)

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