Teammitglieder

The Team 2020

 

Project coordination

 
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Name: Angela Kühn

Age: 22

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

Last year I was part of the iGEM Team. I had a very great time and I learned a lot of new things like independent work, planning of laboratory work and teamwork. This year I participate again as a student leader and hope to enable others to have an educational and enjoyable year. I hope to learn new things and pass on my experiences. Also, I would like to look at iGEM from a different perspective and create the conditions for successful learning and working for the team. I look forward to a successful new iGEM year with a great team.

 
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Name: Jan Kalkowski

Age: 23

Studies: B. Sc. Biology

Semester: 6

After the great time I had participating in last year’s iGEM-Team I decided to participate again. Last year I was able to learn a lot about lab work and the amount of work that surrounds lab work.

This year I want learn more about the logistics of an iGEM-Project and how to create an environment for the new team members to be able to learn as much as I did last year. Therefore, I decided to participate as a student leader this time. I believe that everybody will have a great time and has gathered a lot of great experiences and knowledge by the end of the project.

I am looking forward to again having a great time with iGEM TU Darmstadt and working on our project!

 
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Name: Jan-Philip Kahl

Age: 24

Studies: M.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 2

In 2019 I was part of the iGEM team at the TU Darmstadt for the first time. During this time I was able to gain a lot of experience and impressions regarding independent work in the lab, working in a large team and the development of a research project over a longer period than a short lab internship. Based on this experience I decided to participate again this year. As project coordinator I would like to pass on my experience to the new team members, teach new things and have a great time. I am looking forward to making new experiences myself and to get to know iGEM from another side as project coordinator. Despite the Corona crisis we are not letting ourselves get down and I am sure we will have a lot of fun together with the team and work out an interesting project.

 

Project Monitors

 
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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.

 
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Name: Rosi Krebs

Age: 21

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

It’s my first iGEM year and besides being a team member, I am participating in the project monitoring. Even if this year we have some special challenges due to Corona, I am looking forward to develop our project. To learn new things and work in the lab is what motivates me the most. I am sure that together with the team I will gain many new experiences and we will have a lot of fun!

 
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Name: Max Schäfer

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

This is my second year being a member of the TU Darmstadt iGEM team, this year being a part of the project monitoring team. I hope that i can use my experience from last year to support the team and help everyone to get along and to work together. I am excited for the new experiences and tasks i will be facing this time and I am confident that our team will create a fantastic project this year as well despite this year's problems and challenges.

 

Team members

 
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Name: Philipp Becker

Age: 20

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

I have already heard a lot about iGEM and I think the idea of the competition is simply exciting. In the past years, such impressive projects have been created in a short period of time by students. So I really wanted to participate in iGEM this year. I am particularly interested in the fact that, compared to the rest of my studies, the topics and questions are approached from a completely different perspective. I have already learned so much in this short initial phase and I am looking forward to the upcoming time – especially the laboratory time.

I am glad that we have such a good team and I am sure that this year will be a successful project and we will all have a great time!

 
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Name: Tizian Dege

Age: 23

Studies: B. Sc. Electrical Engineering

Semester: 8

This is my first time participating in iGEM. I was always interested in biology/chemistry in school. However I never came in touch with those subject while studying electrical engineering. That's the reason I have decided to take part in this years iGEm Project. I heard about iGEM, because friends of mine were part of last years iGEM project. I hope I can help our team with my engineering knowledge. Moreover I am excited to work in the laboratory, because this is a new experience for me.

 
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Name: Franka Eiche

Age: 20

Semester: 4

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

This is my first year participating in iGEM and I am very excited about it. Ever since I started my studies at this university I always wanted to be a part of this team because I was stunned by the projects that were put together by the students year after year. I especially look forward to work in the laboratory and gain extra experience there. Covid-19 may shorten the time in the laboratory but we keep our chins up and for now we polish our soft skills, like organizing and communicating, so we are able to get down to business as soon as we are allowed to meet each other in person again. Furthermore, iGEM is helping me right now to distract myself from the current situation and having the work in the laboratory to look forward to.

I am looking forward to a stressful but equally amazing time and I am sure, that this year’s project is going to be great as well.

 
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Name: Ron Endruszeit

Age: 21

Semester: 6

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

In 2020 I participate in the iGEM project as part of the team of TU Darmstadt for the first time. My biggest motivation for participation is learning to apply the theoretical knowledge accumulated over the last few semesters in the context of a practical research. The projects requirement for successful teamwork allows us to experience synthetic biology as a group and learn from each other throughout. Despite the difficult circumstances this year I am confident that all iGEM teams will experience an educational and equally entertaining time and I am looking forward to meeting and competing with teams all around the world.

 
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Name: Jillian Denise Hoffmann

Age: 21

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This is my first year participating in iGEM. I'm excited to have the opportunity to, in form of this international competition, create an amazing project with my fellow students, and to implement it from beginning to end as a team. Through iGEM I hope to gain laboratory experience and specifically increase my knowledge in the area of modeling, because I find Bioinformatics immensely fascinating. Additionally I'm excited to work together as a team and to meet new people.

 
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Name: Robert Klein

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This year is the first time I am taking part at iGEM. I am especially interested in the practical laboratory work and the preceding research. Very interesting was the (because of Corona) very long project finding phase. Just randomly browsing through papers on different topics is much more interesting than you might think, especially if each topic could become this year's project! I’m looking forward to a further exciting time and hope to present our project to the public with our “Human Practice” team.

 
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Name: Mehryad Mataei

Age: 22

Studies: M.Sc. Biology (Genome biology and Biomedicine)

Semester: 2

It is the first time I participate in iGEM even though I have been aware of it for a few years. In iGEM I see the opportunity to advance my own skills in scientific working while teaching my fellow students. I am not a fan of scripted practical courses so iGEM promises a fun alternative to work scientifically before the start of my thesis. It is unfortunate how limited our possibilities are during this pandemic but our team proves to have persistence and composure so I am confident we will create an impressive project.

 
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Name: Johanna Möller

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This is my first year participating in iGEM, as it is for many others. I’m looking forward to learning a lot of new things, like different lab techniques, self-organization or even social skills. I take part in our Human Practice Team and was given the leadership of a laboratory sub-group. This way I can also learn how to organize our work in the laboratory. I think it is very important to try out free and practical working as soon as possible in your education, because you learn so many useful and interesting parts, which can’t be taught in lectures. I hope that through the iGEM competition I’ll be able to not only have a lot of fun and make new friendships, but to expand my knowledge and prepare for my future life as a scientist.

 
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Name: Marvin Mrotzek

Age: 22

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 2

As can you see I am kind of new to this university. In my first semester my mentor, who was a former participant herself, told our mentor group about the competition. She was so enthusiastic about the competition and the possibilities it could offer, that she inspired me to be part of the iGEM TU-Darmstadt team myself.

It is my first taking part in this project, but it will certainly not be my last time participating

In my opinion, it is an incredible opportunity to be part of a team like ours, that is working to find its own approach towards solutions to problems in synthetic biology. Besides working on our main project, I am eager to set foot into the field of bioinformatics by being part of our modelling group.

I am looking forward to a productive, educational and fun experience.

 
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Name: Jonas Müller

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

I find the idea behind iGEM that students try to solve real problems with the help of Synthetic Biology fascinating. The iGEMproject provides a first insight into scientific work (and experimentation). However, one does not only come into contact with molecular biological methods, but also has the chance to learn about other topics. One of these is modelling, in which biological systems are modelled in silico.

 
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Name: Philipp Münch

Age: 21

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

After hearing from multiple friends how amazing iGEM is I’m really glad to participate in this year’s project. I’m hoping to learn and experience a lot of new skills and things and looking forward to standing in our iGEM lab for the first time (hopefully soon). I’m interested in how far we can take our project as a big group full of motivated people that enjoy doing SynBio-stuff.

 
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Name: Marius Muth

Age: 25

Studies: M. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 2

This is my first time participating in the iGEM competition. I came to the TU Darmstadt for my master’s degree and in my first lecture a fellow student drew my attention to the iGEM project. I really liked the idea of a whole research project entirely organized by students. Hence my interest was awakened, and I decided to participate in this year’s iGEM competition. I hope to learn a lot and to broaden my horizon through the different tasks and problems we face as the project progresses. I am looking forward to start a new research project with an interdisciplinary team defying the current circumstances. And I believe especially due to the current situation this will be a valuable experience.

 
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Name: Elisa Ritter

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

I am participating in iGEM because it offers me the opportunity to work in a team on a project of my own choice and to gain experience that I cannot gain in the regular course of studies. As the leader of a small laboratory team, I can also learn how to organize laboratory work myself without being given a lab script, as it is the case in the internships of my studies.

For me, iGEM does not only mean to learn new skills in the laboratory, but also to get in contact with many other teams in the course of Human Practices and to initiate actions together in which I would not otherwise participate.

I am looking forward to a time with my team, from which we will not only come out as friends, but also have learned a lot and put a great project on its feet!

 
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Name: Simone Schlünder

Age: 28

Studies: M. Sc. Biology

Semester: 3

This is my first year at iGEM and I am glad to still have the opportunity to gain this great experience in spite of corona within my student life. From the very first moment, iGEM convinced me regarding the possibility to work with students from other semesters and departments on our own project in a competition focusing on synthetic biology. Despite the current difficult situation, it is a very exciting experience for me to work with so many other highly motivated students on our project. I am sure that everyone will take something good out of this competition and, despite the challenges, the lot of work and possible setbacks in the laboratory, no one will regret participating in iGEM.

 
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Name: Nick Stoffregen

Age: 20

Studies: B. Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 4

This year is the first time I am participating in the iGEM- competition. I heard about the Project from friends in higher semesters and my main motivation to participate is the autonomy we’re granted at the TU Darmstadt in planning and execution of our iGEM-Project. Because I’ve never had much to do with synthetic biology, I am excited about new experiences and a new view on laboratory work than we get to know in chemistry. Despite the troubles caused by the Corona-Pandemic, I think we can be successfull as a team and learn a lot from one another..

 
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Name: Philipp Uhl

Age: 20

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

This year, it’s the first time for me to be part of the iGEM-Team of TU Darmstadt.

Right from the start of my studies, I came into contact with the topic iGEM and was quickly interested in the range of possibilities that the project brings along: Independent work in the laboratory, brainstorming and elaboration in an interdisciplinary team and above all the practical balance to the theoretical study, where you can apply what you have learned and still learn a lot of new things.

As the leader of a small laboratory group, organization within the laboratory is one of the tasks that I particularly enjoy. I also belong to the Human Practices team with other motivated participants who like to impart knowledge.

Despite this year's circumstances I'm looking forward to having new experiences, getting to know interested and young scientists worldwide and of course having a great time with the team!

 
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Name: Sofija Zecevic

Age: 20

Studies : B. Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

Not only is this my first time participating in anything even remotely resembling an international contest but also my first time experiencing such an amazing team work. Even though we are restrained from meeting in person due to the current situation, we still managed to establish and elaborate a valued project. Hence, I can’t wait to actually be able to work in the laboratory and see how far we can make it. It was only last year that I heard about iGEM, yet I knew that it was something I needed to participate in under any circumstances. And that is what we are doing! In spite of the raging pandemic, I am sure that we will manage to contribute our bit and create a project beneficial for the environment!

I’m definitely looking forward to the experience iGEM is going to provide us with and to the chance of becoming a better scientist. Here’s to a great iGEM year!

 

Instructor

 
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Name: Alexander Gräwe

Studies: PhD

Semester: -

 
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Name: Leon Kraus

Alter: 25

Studies: PhD Biology

During my bachelors and masters, I was part of our team from 2015 to 2017 and this year I’m returning as a PhD student. I’m looking forward to advice the team and be part of a great project, despite of these weird times!

 
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Name: Maximilian Zander

Age: 27

Studies: PhD BME

I was part of iGEM from 2015 to 2017 during my bachelors and masters this year I’m returning as a PhD student. I’m looking forward to advice the team and be part of a great project!

 
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Name: Fran Bacic Toplek

Age: 22

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 8

Last year I participated in iGEM for the first time and I would almost claim that during this semester I learned more than in all the others combined. I wanted to share the experiences I acquired with this year's iGEM Team. Thus I offered to my support especially in the field of modeling. Not only am I looking forward to work on a project with a team as but also to get to know said team (better).

 

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