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Tokyo Tech team extends gold medal record at iGEM 2015

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November 20, 2015

Team Tokyo Tech extended its world record of consecutive gold medals to nine since the inception of the medal system at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM). Of the 257 teams, there are only three teams that hold this record — Tokyo Tech, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Freiburg.

Tokyo Tech team
Tokyo Tech team

iGEM is the world's premier competition for undergraduate synthetic biology in which student teams are given a kit of standard genetic parts called BioBricks which students assemble to design and build a new biological system. The competition is divided into 15 tracksouter, including 7 new tracks added this year. Results are shared in presentation form and evaluated by judges.

iGEM 2015 was held in Boston from September 24 to 28, with 257 teams from around the world participating. These included students from renowned universities such as MIT, Heidelberg University, and Tsinghua University. The Tokyo Tech team consisted of 12 students from the School of Bioscience and Biotechnology and 2 students from the School of Engineering, who are currently enrolled in the Creative Design for Bioscience and Biotechnology II course.

Tokyo Tech team presentation

Tokyo Tech team presentation

This year's Tokyo Tech team genetically engineered two E. coli to act as prisoner A and prisoner B of the iterated prisoner's dilemma, a well-known example in game theory. The students created a gene library to provide the E. coli with their own strategies such as cooperation, defection, and tit-for-tat, as decision making is central to game theory. By investigating dilemma in the use of genetic modification techniques, the team also examined societal participation in the development of new technologies, hoping to demonstrate the importance of synthetic biology to the general public.

Team Tokyo Tech was nominated for Best Information Processing Project and Best Part Collection, Undergrad — again showing the outstanding abilities of the students on an international stage.

Participating Students

  • Hiraku Tokuma
    3rd-year, Biological Information
  • Koji Abe
    3rd-year, Bioengineering
  • Takahiro Kashiwagi
    3rd-year, Bioengineering
  • Jun kawamura
    3rd-year, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Yuki Kora
    3rd-year, Bioengineering
  • Tomoka Koshimizu
    3rd-year, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Riku Shinohara
    3rd-year, Bioengineering
  • Airi Masuyama
    3rd-year, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Misa Minegishi
    3rd-year, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Shuhei Yasunishi
    3rd-year, Biological Information
  • Sim Zixuan
    3rd-year, Biotechnology
  • Yuta Yamazaki
    3rd-year, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Yuki Sasahara
    3rd-year, Applied Chemistry
  • Emi Fuse
    3rd-year, Mechanical and Intelligent Systems Engineering

Contact

Associate Professor Daisuke Kiga
Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Email kiga.d.aa@m.titech.ac.jp
Tel +81-45-924-5213

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