Teammitglieder

The Team 2019

 

Project coordination

 

Name: Jamina Gerhardus

Age: 23

Studies: M. Sc. Technical Biology

Semester: 3

After being a part of last years iGEM team at TU Darmstadt and really enjoying it, I wanted to try something new this year. I learned quite a few skills last year and I am hoping to gain even more this year. Therefore, I decided to participate as a student leader. I am hoping my experiences from the previous year will be beneficial for this year’s project and team. In my opinion iGEM is a great possibility to learn and I would love to be part of other people experiencing and learning similar things as I did last year. I am looking forward to experiencing iGEM from a different perspective.

 

Name: Peter Gockel

Age: 21

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

Semester: 6

I've been part of the iGEM team at TU Darmstadt in 2018. During the year I was able to gain a lot of experience regarding working in the lab and working on a self-chosen project within a team, which inspired me to contribute in this year's team as well. As a part of the project coordination I want to pass down my experiences and knowledge from last year's project to the new team members and I'm looking forward to experience the iGEM competition from an entirely new angle. I am looking forward to learn new things and to have a lot of fun with the new team while working on an interesting project.

 

Name: Jonathan Funk

Age: 202

Studies: B.Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 6

I already participated in the iGEM competition in the team of the TU Darmstadt in the year 2018. I have learned a lot in regards to self-organization and time management in the course of the project. I had a lot of fun working in an interdisciplinary environment and decided to participate at iGEM for a second time. This year I am taking the role of the project coordination. As a part of the project coordination, I hope to support the team with my experience and knowledge and enable the new team members to have an educational and fun year while experiencing the project from an entirely new point of view.

 

Project Monitors

 

Name: Christian Sürder

Alter: 33

Studies: PhD in nuclear physics

Semester: -

Since 2014 I was part of the iGEM team and together with my brother I focused on the team structure, project management and supported the team forming process. After a break in 2017 and 2018 I decided to join again as an external supervisor. I am focusing on the project coordination and the team coaches and support them with knowledge and advises. I help with challenging tasks and difficult situations. As an external, I can mediate in conflict situations, if the project coordination and the team coaches are requiering help. The iGEM competition is very challanging in my aspects and one important factor of success is the team harmony. Especially in the first weeks conflicts between team members can arise, leading to a drop of team performance. If these conflicts are solved, the whole team benefits and the performance increases. For me this is a very thrilling topic and my personal opinion is that often the social conflicts are ignored to the disadvantage to all. I believe that these kind of student projects, like the iGEM competition, are the best way to transform students into true scientists. I am always amazed how much people evolve throughout the project and I am certain it will be not different this year.

 

Name: Louisa Maria Born

Age: 24

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

Besides working with the group I am looking forward to gathering experiences in the lab. I am also taking on responsibilities in project monitoring and am hoping to also grow in this area. I am excited to develop this project together with the team.

 

Name: Anies Rösch

Age: 22

Studies: B.Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 6

Last year was my first time participating in the iGEM competition and I am still hooked. While learning a lot during the competition we also enjoyed the time. Since it is not possible to experience all aspects of iGEM during one year I decided to join again. This year I am especially looking forward to the new challenges as member of our hardwear team. At the same time I am a member of the project monitoring team. In this function my task is to mediate and resolve conflicts to optimize the working conditions in our team.

 

Team members

 

Name: Angela Kühn

Age: 20

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This year is the first time I'm a member of an iGEM team and I'm looking forward to making new experiences and being able to work on a project freely.

I hope that this will enable me to get in touch with life as a scientist, because I feel a little out of place in my lectures. I really enjoy being in the lab and because of the creative work and the varied activities I am learning new things on a daily basis. One of my main tasks as a leader of a laboratory sub-group is the own organization of our work in the lab. This takes a lot of good preparation and a well-built communication-basis with my colleagues. In order to be able to view our project from a different perspective and educate other with my newly gained knowledge, I am involved in the human practices team. All in all, I am looking forward to meeting many young scientists and having a great time with our team.

 

Name: Anne-Carlotta Reiske

Age: 22

Semester: 4

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

Like most of us this is the first time I'm participating in the iGEM competition. My decision to become a part of this project was actually pretty last minute. One of my fellow students told me about it two weeks before the start of the project and i was super excited immediately. For me iGEM offers a possibility to work and acquire lots of important standard procedures in the lab in a safe environment. The mix of students from other majors makes it even more interesting. Besides all of the positive effects that i gain for my future studies i get to meet a lot of super lovely and nice people of course which i spend much of my time with even outside of the lab. I am looking forward to the next months and I am really excited what we're going to present in Boston!

 

Name: Chrstian Hein

Age: 26

Semester: 2

Studies: M. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

I heard about the iGEM competition, through friends of mine. I especially like to realize a new project with a big team. Besides, I like to work in in an interdisciplinary team. This is my first year participating in the iGEM competition. I am looking forward to coordinate the the work between iGEM and the community Lab³. We are building up a bridge between Lifescienes and the engineering part. Furthermore I like to connect with new interesting people with an interdisciplinary background.

 

Name: Clara Hemming

Age: 22

Semester: 4

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

I am joining the iGEM team for the first time this year. For me, it is both a challenge and a huge opportunity to work on a topic that has been chosen completely independently. In addition to all the laboratory experience, I am looking forward to new friendships and also to be able to carry out our idea into the world outside university as part of the work from the Human Practice Team.

 

Name: Felix Geyer

Age: 21

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This is my first time participating in iGEM. I am looking forward to working together with a group, where we can create our own project. Furthermore, we have the possibility as an interdisciplinary team to put knowledge into practice.

Also I am sure we will have an exciting and great time.

 

Name: Fran Bacic Toplek

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

Through the course of last year I have spent time with the former year's iGEM members. This gave me the opportunity to gain insights on the self-reliant work at iGEM. Needless to say I was impressed what a group of students can achieve over the short time of half a year. Thus deciding to join iGEM this year did not really feel like a decision at all. As much as I hope to acquire an abundance of new skills and knowledge, team building and enjoying ourselves to me is a part of iGEM just as any other.

 

Name: Franziska Heid

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This year, I participate for the first time in the interdisciplinary project iGEM. During the last few weeks I got in contact with a lot of new people mainly studying Biology, who I only know by sight. Currently I am a member of one of the laboratory groups and support the team by running different kind of experiments. From my point of view, it is an excellent opportunity offered by iGEM to get experiences in laboratory work besides the day to day business at the university like lecturers and short exercises. There is the great possibility to work autonomously being confronted with several challenges, e.g. identifying and defining the topic to be dealt with and its scope, to elaborate on it and to have good results in the end.

I am looking forward to and interesting and instructive year.

 

Name: Hannah Rainer

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

It’s the first time for me to join the iGEM competition and I’m looking forward to the approaching time. I really like the possibility to create an own project with a team of students from different study fields and semesters. I hope to gain experiences in laboratory work and working independently. Moreover, I’m excited to join the Human Practices and Sponsoring team hoping to enrich them with my ideas. Getting to know the other teams at meetups is a great opportunity to exchange with other science-interested people from all over the world.

Last but not least our team is a very adventurous and funny bunch of people, hence I’m glad to be a part of it and I believe that we will have a lot of fun together!

 

Name: Hendrik Mohr

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

This year, I am joining iGEM for the first time in order to gain more experience in the field of synthetic biology. I am particularly interested in the process from the idea to the finished project. Independent work and the development of working strategies represent new challenges which have not played a major role in the study so far. Working in a team also proves to be a new and exciting experience. For me, iGEM is the perfect opportunity to network with other scientists from all over the world and to make new contacts.

 

Name: Jan Kalkowski

Age: 22

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

I am participating in iGEM for the first time this year. iGEM is the perfect opportunity for me to use all the theoretical and practical skills acquired in my almost two years of studying biology in a self-chosen project and presenting it to many other young scientists at the end of the year. I am looking forward to working and having fun in the lab with the other iGEMers.

 

Name: Jean Victor Orth

Age: 20

Studies: B. Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 6

This year I am participating in the iGEM competition for the first time. I heard about iGEM from my colleges at uni as they were part of the team a year before. They were talking about their work and their success and I got curious about the chances this project could give me. I am exited to learn about other fields of science than chemistry and already gained so many new experiences by working with scientists of different fields. I'm happy to spend much time with the team inside and outside the lab and look forward to meeting young scientists from all over the world.

 

Name: Katharina Cramer

Age: 241

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

For me, iGEM means an opportunity to look behind the scenes of project development and the everyday laboratory life early in my studies.

With a great team, as we have it this year, it is also a lot of fun! I think it's great to work with so many creative minds together in a team.

The fact that iGEM is an international competition allows you to get in touch with other teams across national borders. I believe it is also exciting, to chat with others about their subjects and to find out which project ideas they came up with.

 

Name: Kira Schnellbächer

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

I am participating for the first time in iGEM. In my opinion it is a welcome change to the theoretical lectures. I can often try a method and one Week later, our lecturer teaches us something about it. Beside this deep learning I can learn a lot about working in a lab, just by doing it. And it is always a good feeling to have a successful PCR or a fluorescent Protein at the end of the day.

I can also learn to design a project and stick to it until the end. Great motivation comes from the team. At the Beginning it is just a bunch of people with different study subjects. But then we learn together, help each other and have often a lot of fun together.

 

Name: Klara Eisenhauer

Age: 19

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

After hearing of iGEM for the first time in my first semester I was happy to join the team in the third semester. I'm looking forward to gaining many new experiences and meeting a lot of young scientist from all over the world. I expect to broaden my mind by exchanging ideas within the team and cooperating with other iGEM teams. Besides this project gives me the chance to improve my soft skills and to take up more responsibility as I applied for being the leader of the human practice group. Last but not least iGEM gives me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with a team of wonderful people and to thrive together on the challenges that are posed by the project in the following year.

 

Name: Leon Werner

Age: 22

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

iGEM for me is an outstanding opportunity to expand my wet lab skills and to learn a lot about working on a larger project in an interdisciplinary team. Especially fascinating for me is the challenge to work independently on a self-chosen project and to develop new experiments and procedures. As a wet lab manager, I can use my passion for organizing and my lab skills in our iGEM project. I am looking forward to meeting many young scientists from all over the world and have a great and interesting time together with our team.

 

Name: Malte Eck

Age: 22

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

I am happy to be participating in the iGEM competition this year. The project offers a nice change to the everyday life in university which in the beginning tends to be quite structured but not requiring the amount of initiative necessary for a group project that you build yourself from the ground up. It also gives me the valuably option to learn lab-routines and methods as well as working with a team that you organize yourself. Working with students from different fields also allows me to broaden my know how on a wider spectrum than just my own major biology. I look forward to this upcoming summer with iGEM and to our project that we will hopefully be able to finish to our liking.

 

Name: Marius Wollrab

Age: 20

Studies : B. Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 4

This is my first time at iGEM this year. I became aware of iGEM through students who have participated in iGEM in previous years.

I'm looking forward to a good team with a nice project. What particularly appeals to me about iGEM is the freedom to determine one's own theme and to move outside of a fixed framework. I look forward to meeting many new people and acquiring new knowledge outside of chemistry.

 

Name: MArvin Albers

Age: 22

Studies: B.Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 6

After all the positive feedback and recommendations from friends who were part of the team in 2018, this year I decided to join the iGEM-Team for the first time. By participating, I hope to gain experience that is not taught in a classical bachelor program. Above all, I am looking forward to the interdisciplinary nature of the project and the work with students from a wide variety of disciplines.

I look forward working with the iGEM team and hope we have a great time together, and if we can end up contributing to solving current issues with our project, that would be a huge achievement.

 

Name: Max Schäfer

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This year I am participating in iGEM for the first time and I am really excited to see what will happen. The main reason I am interested in iGEM is that I want to meet new people and I want to learn new things I didn't learn in my time in university yet. These things are foremost working in the laboratory independently and new experiences like the modeling-part.

I hope that we all will have a fun time and to put a great project together.

 

Name: Philipp Dahlhaus

Alter: 22

Studies: M. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 2

During my Bachelor Thesis working on a scientific project and producing results in the lab really grew on me. With iGEM I want to start into a new interesting project with many motivated people. For me, the challenge in an iGEM project is to find, look into and successfully research a new topic.

With my already progressed university career and the experience I gained in the lab, I hope to support my lab partners with some tips and tricks and hopefully learn some new things myself.

 

Name: Robin Johannson

Age: 20

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering and B. Sc. Information Systems Technology

Semester: 4

Through students who have already practiced in iGEM, I became aware of the competition and decided to participate in this year's team with great anticipation. I'm interested in collecting new experiences, to face difficult challenges and to solve problems in a team. I'm excited to meet scientists from other countries and exchange ideas with each other through iGEM as an international competition. I am looking forward to acquiring new techniques in the laboratory and advancing the project by working independently. Furthermore, I hope to gain insights into other scientific fields and exchange experiences, through the participation of students from different semesters and course of studies.

 

Name: Sven Vincent Appel

Age: 23

Studies: B. Sc. Computer Science

Semester: 8

This year is the first time I am participating in iGEM. Since our group wanted a larger technical part for the project this year, I was approached as someone outside of life sciences. I am interested in the group dynamics, which result from the interactions between the people in the laboratories and the ones in the technical departments and the challenges which will result for those. Of course I also am interested in meeting new people and traveling to new cities in different countries for the meetups. All in all I am sure to have fun and expanding my horizon in other fields of study.

 

Name: Tobias Probanowski

Age: 22

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

Colleagues made me aware of iGEM. They took part in the iGEM competition in 2018. As they told me about the experiences they made and how they benefited from iGEM, I decided to join this year's iGEM team. Because I already have some experience working in the laboratories, I applied as a group leader. I am glad having the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to interested younger team members. This also gives me the opportunity to assume responsibility for a group and to improve my organizational skills. In my opinion iGEM helps me a lot in broadening my mind in scientific fields as I can get in touch with young scientist from all over the world and discuss their projects based on recent scientific research. I am looking forward to personal growth because of all the challenges the team and I will be facing in the competition, and further learn and improve my skills together with my team.

 

Name: Tom Müller

Age: 21

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

It’s my first time this year to participate in a project like iGEM. I do modeling and lab-work and am excited to help make a cool project happen as well as learn a variety of new lab methods. Furthermore, I am really excited to do some ‘in silico’ simulations of proteins and other macromolecules. I hope that throughout the project and the meetups I will be able to get to know a lot of interesting people and gain a lot of new skills. I wish that those will help me integrate myself into the scientific community.

 

Name: Vincent Gunawan

Age: 21

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

This is my first year at iGEM and I'm really looking forward to what we're going to accomplish together. I really appreciate the chance to get to work on a project where it's entirely left to us to decide on where to take it, all the while learning and practicing lab work and the planing that's behind it.

 

Instructor

 

Name: Alexander Gräwe

Studies: PhD

Semester: -