Teammitglieder

The Team 2021

Team Leader

 

Name: Philipp Becker

Age: 22

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

I have already participated in iGEM in 2020 and learned an incredible amount in a very short time. We had a very good team and together we set up a successful project. I gained a lot of experience that I would like to use this year to contribute to the new iGEM project as part of the project coordination. My goal is to support the new iGEMers with all their ideas, so that they take just as much with them from the iGEM year like I did and to build a good project together again.

I am looking forward to this year's project and a good cooperation in the team!

 

Name: Marvin Mrotzek

Age: 23

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

In 2020, I was already part of the iGEM team at TU Darmstadt and I am very grateful for that time. Last year brought me further on a personal as well as on a professional level. Last summer I already learned a lot about research work, team management and project work, but also about microbiological, genetic and biochemical ideas. These experiences were what covinced me to spend another summer with iGEM. This year I am supporting the team as a Teamleader, which gives a completely different perspective on iGEM but also brings many new, educational experiences.

I'm looking forward to new opportunities, experiences and events this summer!

 

Name: Philipp Münch

Age: 22

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

I already participated in last year’s TU Darmstadt iGEM project BTOX and decided to join this year’s team as a project coordinator/student leader. Last year I was able to acquire many social and synbio related skills while working on our project. This year, I want to enable the independent project work of iGEM for the team and support them as much as possible in their project work. I'm really looking forward to working with the team, watching them grow, and creating a great project in the process.

Project Monitoring

 
© Jörg Kalkowski

Name: Christian Sürder

Alter: 35

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: Elisa Ritter

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 6

I already participated in iGEM last year and was thrilled with it. iGEM represents for me the opportunity to plan and work on a project I chose myself, without being told what to do. Above all, I learned a lot about what it's like to work with new people in a team and to deal with emerging issues that arise in such a project. For these reasons, I am joining this year's team as project support, organizing online socializing events or game nights and being a contact person for problems within the team. I can hardly wait to see what a successful project this year's team will create and what a great team will emerge over time!

 

Name: Nick Stoffregen

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 6

This year I am participating in the iGEM competition for the second time with the TU Darmstadt, this year in the role of project support. I hope I can support the team with my experience and help us all grow together a bit more. I am looking forward to the new iGEM year, which will hopefully bring many new experiences and I am confident that together we will create a great project.

 

Name: Sofija Zecevic

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 6

This year is my second time participating in iGEM. However, since my bachelor's thesis is coming up, I wanted to assist the team in the form of project support. In 2020, I was able to learn a lot from the teamwork and was very proud of our achievements despite the difficult situation and no possibility to go to the lab. This year, I am again excited about how much you can actually work out in a motivated team. iGEM does not only help to expand technical skills, but also to develop personal strengths and it helps with networking. I'm looking forward to seeing what the project will look like at the end of this year and I'm already very proud of everything the team has accomplished.

 

Team Members

 

Name: Alexander Pattberg

Age: 23

Studies: M.Sc. Biology

Semester: 2

I first heard of iGEM in a variety of TedTalks and was thrilled. Sadly, in Frankfurt at the Goethe University, there was no opportunity to join an iGEM team. So for my master application, I was looking for an university, which offered a specialization in synthetic biology and an iGEM team. To design a project from scratch really differs from the known bachelor-/ masterthesis-system and helps do develop a new perspective regarding the academic and industrial research. I really recommend this experience, to gain a deeper understanding for teamwork, research and creative problem solving.

 

Name: Andrea Aquize

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

One of my tutors at Orientation Week was part of the iGEM Team in 2019. Every time we had a meeting, iGEM would somehow be woven into the conversation. I was obviously intrigued by what seemed to be a unique opportunity to learn more about one of the most incredibly exiting areas of science nowadays: synthetic biology. I was scared to join in my first semester, because I felt like I might not have enough knowledge to actually be of any help, so I waited a year. When I applied to join and talked to the PK, they told me that it wasn’t only about how much you know, but about how much you want to learn. That’s my motivation to be here: I want to understand the tools of SynBio and be able to use them to create innovative solutions. And iGEM gives us as students an amount of control over a project that we would hardly experience any other way.

 

Name: Antonia Schetle

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

I first heard about iGEM at the beginning of my first semester. At that time, I was already excited about the fact that you already get the opportunity to participate in such a scientific project as a student. I am very happy to be a part of the iGEM team this year. Despite the stressful phases, I hope to have a lot of fun and a time from which I can learn a lot. Since I have not had much experience in the lab yet, I hope to learn especially something about lab work and planning.

It is also very nice to be able to meet so many new people, especially at this time, where I mostly spent my time alone at home.

I am very excited about what this year will bring and very motivated to invest a lot of time into our iGEM project.

 

Name: Antonia Seidel

Age: 21

Semester: 8

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

I heard about iGEM for the first time during my first semester at university and immediately decided to take part in it one day. This year my schedule finally allowed me to participate and I am looking forward to the next months! With iGEM, you have the opportunity to build your own project, while learning many new skills and also getting to know other students with the same mindset and interests as you. The project not only includes the scientific research but also Human practices and social aspects. Of course, this goes along with a high workload, but with the whole team working together we will be able to end up with a great project.

 

Name: Conny Büchner

Age: 24

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

I am participating in iGEM for the first time this year. I already heard about this project from other students during the orientation week. Since then, every year I have heard from fellow students who took part in the project how enthusiastic they are and what a great opportunity and challenge iGEM is. This year, I finally had the courage to participate and I am also excited. The hard work and the high time commitment are rewarded: you work together with many great committed people, develop a new project idea together from scratch and are more free in your decisions than ever before in your studies. Even though the work in the lab is somewhat more limited due to the current situation, we still learn some practical skills that will be very practical in the future. I'm also getting to know areas that I wouldn't have anything to do with otherwise, such as modelling. I'm looking forward to our time together and I'm excited to see what we can achieve!

 

Name: Diana Zakharchuk

Age: 19

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

I am happy about joining iGEM this year. Unlike the basic studying, iGEM enables students to work on their own project independently. My main goals are to tackle new problems and of course to challenge myself. Besides all that, I hope for an awesome time, filled with lots of fun and new experiences.

 

Name: Eileen Popp

Age: 22

Studies: B.A. Southeast Asian Studies & B.A. Sinology

Semester: 5

After hearing a lot about the iGEM competition from friends, I decided to take the chance and participate in this year’s team. For me, iGEM offers the possibility to work on a project far away from my own field of study. I am looking forward to supporting the team with experience from several years of project work and to take human practices to the next level. Since I have a passion for science communication, I am also looking forward to bringing science closer to various stakeholders and especially the general public.

Let’s have a successful project and a great team!

 

Name: Emilia Wrede

Age: 19

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 4

I was made aware of iGEM by a friend that took part in it last year and was very excited about it. For me, the best thing about it is that you learn things that you won't learn in your lectures.

At an incredible pace, you acquire skills that really move you forward.

iGEM is a fascinating and enriching addition to your studies. It's also a great oppurtinity to establish contacts and friendships with like-minded people.

You face a lot of challenges in this intense time, but you learn a lot from it.

 

Name: Fabian Ehlers

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

Already during the orientation week, the principle of iGEM was explained to us and awoke my interest. I think it's extremely cool that iGEM gives us the opportunity to set up a project independently during our bachelor's degree and to participate in all parts of the project development. Since I didn't dare to take part in iGEM in the first semester while I first had to get used to the university atmosphere/learning speed, I'm finally taking part now. We have all learned a lot in the last few months in terms of researching and working out a project and have already been able to overcome the first big hurdles. Even though there are still a lot of hurdles to come, I am sure that we will overcome them all and gain a lot of new experiences and skills from this project.

 

Name: Henrik Breitenreicher

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

In my interview for my degree programme, Professor Kolmar recommended that if I enjoyed project work, I should take a look at iGEM. I can only pass on this recommendation to all other project work enthusiasts. iGEM is very different from what you normally have to do in your Bachelor's degree. You learn extremely practical skills that will turn out to be quite helpful in your further studies and you have the chance to come into contact with many committed and helpful people. However, one should not underestimate the fact that this also involves a certain amount of work.

 

Name: Kai Kabuth

Age: 19

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 2

I heard about iGEM for the first time in my orientation week and immediately knew that I wanted to participate. The SynBio approach and the self-organized research and planning is exactly what I expect from the field and the reason why I study BME. I hope to be able to take away a lot of knowledge for my studies and later life and I am excited about the project work.

 

Name: Kristina Gasthofer

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Chemistry

Semester: 4

A good friend of mine participated in iGEM in his first semester and told me how unique it is to be able to create your own project as a student. Not many chemists participate in iGEM, which I think is a pity, because it's a fascinating project that gives you the opportunity to go beyond your limits and discover new sides about yourself. iGEM means challenge, commitment and passion. Our team this year is made up of many different people from different disciplines working towards a common goal together and it is great fun to be a part of it. I have met so many incredible people that I probably never would have met without iGEM. Together, we are building an impressive project that we will remember later in life.

 

Name: Leoni von Haza-Radlitz

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

The first time I heard about iGEM was in my first semester via my tutor. At that time, I was already fascinated by the possibility of participating in a self-selected large scientific project as a student. I learned more about the competition and what it means to participate in it last year, when one of my friends became part of the iGEM team. His reports about what he and the team had learned and achieved in this short period of time convinced me completely. I wanted to participate as well.

So I am very happy and grateful to have been given the chance to be part of this year's iGEM team. I now have the opportunity to work together in a team that was initially new and unknown, but has since become quite familiar, colourful and lively. I have met many new people from different semesters with similar interests and different skills and made many new contacts and friends for life. Together, we will have a brilliant time, despite the busy, stressful periods that await us during our iGEM year. Therefore, I think that this time will mainly be remembered as one of fun, education and personal development.

I am very excited about what this year will bring and super motivated to put my time, heart and soul into our iGEM project.

 

Name: Lisa Sorochynska

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

I've heard about iGEM since the first semester and have always wanted to get involved. My greatest motivation is not only to contribute something to this project, but also to learn something myself. It is amazing what experience iGEM offers. During the project we have the opportunity to deal with synthetic biology and at the same time make many contacts and learn additional skills such as modeling and design. All of this is particularly important in times of a pandemic when work and communication are restricted. I am happy to be able to set up such an exciting project with other motivated people.

 

Name: Maira Bradler

Age: 23

Studies: B.Sc. Biology

Semester: 6

I first gained insight into the iGEM project of 2019 via friends and thus developed an interest in it – this year I am finally partaking myself!

I mainly want to challenge myself and face new situations, especially the soft skills are important to me.

I am also excited to make first contact with Python, website design and perhaps even software development.

I am very keen on seeing what we will accomplish this year!

 

Name: Martina Bürkle

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

The first time I heard about iGEM was in my mentoring programme and I instantly new that I wanted to participate one day. This year I finally had the possibility to do so and I'm very excited for everything that is about to come. The best thing about iGEM for me is the chance to make your very own project as well as the exchange with people from all over the world who are just as interested in synthetic biology as we are. Although the workload is high, I'm having a lot of fun during this time and I'm able to learn a variety of new things.

 

Name: Marwan Kaufmann

Age: 22

Studies: M.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 3

I can't even remember when I first heard about iGEM. However, I can remember that it was always a very present topic during my studies. Meanwhile, my interest in synthetic biology grew more and more. In my master's program, it finally worked out and now I can throw myself into the iGEM experience with full commitment. I am incredibly excited about our project and its challenges, because I believe that one of the best ways to learn something is by just doing it. Thus the chance to create your own project with iGEM is unique. And since it's a team project, you're never alone with it, you exchange ideas and together you grow with the tasks. I'm particularly looking forward to experiencing all the facets of such a project and having completely new unexpected experiences.

 

Name: Melina Baur

Age: 19

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

I first heard about iGEM in my mentoring programm in the first semester and was interested ever since. This year I finally got the chance to participate and am very curious what will come. It is great to have the opportunity to learn beyond the normal lectures and plan a whole research project on our own. You have the chance to get a deeper insight in the syn-bio work and can surpass yourself both subject wise and personal. There will be many challenges to overcome but you learn to tackle them with your team.

I am very excited what this year will bring and what we will accomplish together.

 

Name: Nicole Rupp

Age: 21

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

My tutor already told me about iGEM during the orientation week, but I didn't really realize what it was all about until last year, when many of my fellow students took part. I find it fascinating to see what teams around the world can accomplish in such a short period of time and I am happy to be part of such a team this year. I am happy to have met many new people from different semesters through iGEM. What particularly attracted me to iGEM is that you have the opportunity to work on a project independently, which allows you to participate in all phases of the project. Unlike most modules, you have the opportunity to deal very strongly with a specific topic and learn to acquire the necessary knowledge independently.

 

Name: Pegi Shehu

Age: 19

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

Orientation week 2019, plan of the day: visit to the Biocampus. During the “expedit” there, Prof. Warzecha explained very enthusiastically in front of some trophies what they meant for our university. The keyword was “iGEM” and at that time, although I had no idea what synthetic biology is, I had already decided it: I will definitely participate in iGEM! And that's how it all started.

As time went by, I learned more about the competition and this year this “dream” of mine came true. I am very happy to be part of a great team, with people who are so different and bring so much color to our project. iGEM is not just a scientific project, I see iGEM as a project for science. You grow with the team for the team and this feeling is just incomparable to anything you can experience during your studies.

 

Name: Sidney Mitsch

Age: 22

Studies: B. Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

I'm taking part in iGEM for the first time this year – and what can I say? For me, the best thing about iGEM is that you finally get the first opportunity as a student to work on your own project as a team. Everyone is super motivated and it's just fun to master challenges and implement cool ideas together. Thereby, the focus is not only on the subject matter, but a lot more what makes the project so special. So far, I have already learned a lot of new things and of course I really hope that we will be able to go to the lab this year and put the theory into practice! I am already looking forward to this exciting time and I am sure we will have a great project that everyone can be proud of!

 

Name: Svenja Stelzig

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

My name is Svenja, and this is my first time participating in iGEM. Last year, I got a lot of second-hand experience listening to some of my fellow students going through the iGEM experience. The idea of independently planning and organizing a project apart of the regular curriculum fascinated and excited me, leading to me applying for this year’s team. I happy to working in a former new, now trusted, diverse and lively team of students. In the last couple of months, I have met a lot of new people different people all sharing the same interest in synthetic biology. I am sure that we will realise a cool, versatile and well-executed project together.

 

Name: Viktoria Höfling

Age: 20

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 6

During my first semester I heard a lot about iGEM, now I am finally part of this year’s team. It is amazing to have the opportunity to develop an independent project with my fellow students. In this way I can gather a lot of experience in scientific work but also in interdisciplinary areas. Furthermore, it is exciting to work in a great team and to master challenges together. I hope to learn a lot about planning and conducting laboratory work. This means a lot of effort, but it is always fun when working in a team.

I am looking forward to the next few months and I am sure that we can set up a great project till the end of this year.

 

Name: Zuriat Hussain

Age: 24

Studies: B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Semester: 4

I heard about iGEM in a barbecue party before Corona from a student Johnny and that's when I decided that I will definitely do it during my studies.I am very glad that I got really good tip at back then and also listened to it.I find it great how I evolve and progress during this project time.I am already very much looking forward to our project and how it will continue to evolve.

 

Advisors

 
 

Name: Benedict Spannenkrebs

 

Name: Giulia Ravagnan

 

Name: Jan Kalkowski

I am involved with iGEM for the third year in a row now. After experiencing two wonderful years and projects, I wanted to partake in some for in 2021. I hope that I can help the team by passing down what I have learnt from my previous experiences.

Finally, I am looking forward to an awesome project with a new team.

 

Name: Maximilian Zander

In 2015 I participated in iGEM for the first time as a student and in 2016 and 2017 I supported the team as a project supervisor. I was thus able to get an insight into iGEM from all sides.

In 2020, I provided advice and support to the team as a PhD student and guided the team through the COVID-19 situation. Also this year I will support the iGEM team as a PhD student where I can!

 

Name: Sebastian Barthel

 

Name: Yannick Kristiansen

After my first iGEM participation in 2016 and later being the lab leader of our 2018 team of TU Darmstadt, I came back as a PhD student to advise the team. I am eager and thrilled to utilize my iGEM experience to help such a diverse and motivated team of students through their challenges. Especially the interdisciplinary work is an enrichment that blossoms into new perspectives and possibilities. I’d like to pass on my own excitement with iGEM to the next group of iGEMers so that they too can gather such awesome experiences.