QGEM 2016: (Top row, left to right) Julia G, Danielle C, Anna I, Matthew B, Danai T (Middle row, left to right) Dr. J Allingham, Simran S, Linor B, Yifei W, Vinith S (Bottom row) Dragos C, Jia T (Missing: Kennedy A, Hillary C, Sabrina Q, Rajiv T)
QGEM 2016: Solving global problems, inspiring scientific creativity, and bringing harmony to the world. Top: Anna I, Danielle C, Danai T, Jia T, Sabrina Q, Linor B, Julia G, Simran S Bottom: Dragos C, Matthew B, Yifei W, Kennedy A, Vinith S Missing: Hillary C, Rajiv T
The QGEM Exec, at the 66th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, fashionably posing for a team picture at the Medical Sciences Building of the University of Toronto.
The QGEM Exec (again), posing for a cute selfie outside of Macleod Auditorium in Toronto.
Enrichment Study Unit 2016
The Enrichment Study Unit (ESU) is a summer enrichment-study program held at Queen’s University for elementary and secondary school students. ESU offers many week-long courses that reach out to a variety of interests, and this summer QGEM is offering for the first time a synthetic biology course! Students learn the basics of cell biology, DNA, transcription and translation, and proteins through class lectures, interactive activities, and discussions. Pictured above: a class photo of ESU SynBio, including class instructors Jia, Yifei, and Matthew! (Missing: Rajiv - instructor)
Elementary students learn about the basic structure and components of the biological cell, including its organelles and their functions. Shown here is a dessert cell, an activity involving creating cell models using delicious treats such as Pop-Tarts® and gummy bears.
Elementary students also learn about the structure and importance behind DNA, the molecule that controls the cells that make up us! Shown here are students sculpting the structure of DNA using Twizzlers, marshmallows, and toothpicks.
Learning about DNA is fascinating, but nothing beats seeing the real deal with your own eyes! Elementary students here perform the extraction of DNA from bananas, and they get to see for themselves the physical entity of what controls our cells and makes us unique!
Shown here is QGEM executive Yifei teaching students the structure and organelles of a plant cell.
Elementary students learn about the basics behind the central dogma: how DNA is transcribed to RNA in order to be expressed as functional, working proteins. Students shown here are learning and identifying the 20 amino acids that make up all proteins in our body!
Shown here is QGEM member Rajiv coordinating an activity on transcription and translation.
2016 QGEM Interview Series
We kicked off our summer interview series with Dr. Michael Adams, the head of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. Dr. Adams provided us with a recount of his experience of getting a drug targeting male sexual dysfunction to the market.
QGEM Exec Yifei setting up the camera in preparation for the interview.
QGEM at Work
Pictured above is Co-Director Dragos Chiriac excitedly opening the 2016 iGEM DNA Kit.
Team Socials 2016
A handful of team members gracefully posing for a group picture at our early morning social, highlighted with pancakes made by our very own Co-Dictator Dragos, and coffee from (the best PI ever!) Dr. Allingham.
(From left to right): Simran, Rajiv, Yifei, Dr. Allingham, Julia, Dragos, Danai (taking picture: Jia)
A gorgeous picture of the QGEM members who met up for a delicious lunch at Geneva Bistro.
(From left to right): Julia, Sabrina, Vinith, Joanna, Jia, Danai (taking picture: Yifei)
The QGEM team at the base of Rock Dunder ready for the hike!
QGEM team members Jia and Anna exploring a cabin along the trail.
The QGEM team posing for a team photo while enjoying the lookout at the peak of Rock Dunder of Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands!
iGEM Competition 2016
Check back in early November for our 2016 iGEM Jamboree photos!
The Ontario iGEM (oGEM) collective includes executive members from the iGEM teams of Queen’s, Toronto, Ryerson, McMaster, Ottawa, and Waterloo who meet to discuss project planning, funding, iGEM logistics, and collaboration for all iGEM teams in Ontario.
Our meetings throughout the year helped us coordinate collective goals with each of the other iGEM teams leading up to the annual iGEM Competition, as well as discuss potential new sponsors and reaching out to corporations and institutions to support the Ontario iGEM community. This year, oGEM also assisted in integrating a new iGEM team from Ryerson University to the iGEM community!
This year, the University of Toronto iGEM Team hosted the first ever U of T BioHacks competition in March to invite students from engineering, life sciences, and computing backgrounds to an overnight bio hack-a-thon. The weekend was highlighted with guest speakers, coding workshops, and many late-night coffee breaks as teams from all across Ontario competed to formulate solutions to real-life biology-based problems. Queen’s iGEM went and participated as a team in what was a challenging and rewarding experience.
QGEM members (from left to right) Dragos, Hillary, Jia, Danai, and Yifei at the iGEM booth at the 66th Annual Conference for the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) venue in Toronto. The purpose of the booth was to promote synthetic biology awareness amongst the conference delegates, while also telling professionals about our research in the field of nonribosomal peptides.
Members of oGEM who attended the CSM Conference in Toronto. A main project that oGEM is working on this year is creating a synthetic biology network for professionals in Ontario, which was one of the key points we shared to conference delegates at our iGEM booth. In addition, oGEM members also had the opportunity to discuss collaboration on certain projects between our individual iGEM teams.
QGEM 2015 Team Photos
The 2015 QGEM team posing for a group photo on campus!
(Left to right): Morgan L, Justine R, Candice T, Danielle C, Julia G, Dragos C, Jia T, Malak E, Kersh T, Dr. J. Allingham, and Joanna S
The team posing for another photo at Ontario Hall, Queen's University.
(Left to right): Dr. J. Allingham, Danielle C, Malak E, Jia T, Julia G, Kersh T, Morgan L, Justine R, Dragos C, Candice T, and Joanna S
iGEM Competition 2015
QGEM members Danielle (left) and Dragos (far right) presenting the project poster for "Breaking the Ice".
The iGEM Giant Jamboree was held at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
QGEM members (from left to right) Joanna, Dragos, Morgan, Malak, and Danielle posing for a picture with the 2015 project banner.
QGEM at Work
High school students practicing pipetting and lab safety as part of the SHAD summer enrichment program, through which QGEM offered its two-day molecular biology program.
Students enrolled in the QGEM SHAD workshop experienced lab techniques such as DNA minipreps, restriction digests, and gel electrophoresis just to name a few. Shown here are the Eppendorf tubes used for an activity involving determining the culprit of a murder mystery.
Shown here are Julia, Jia, and Danielle giving a presentation on the applications of the 2015 QGEM project in organ cryopreservation.