NYU Shanghai iGEM Team Presents Research at Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

Aug 11 2015

The NYU Shanghai Team for the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) presented their research at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum on August 8th, 2015.

Along with seven other teams from Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tongji University, Zhejiang University, and Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University, the NYU Shanghai iGEM team showcased their research results at the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum’s 1st floor hall, while educating the audience about synthetic biology.

With the research topic of "an exploration of bacterial-generated music,"  the NYU Shanghai iGEM team aims to translate the color and positions of bacteria colonies on a petri dish into sound composition. By combining the unpredictable nature of life sciences with digital technology, the research aims to introduce new forms of biodata into the realm of sound and art. This largely cross-disciplined research integrates talents from Biology, Interactive Media Arts, and Computer Science.

The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education, competition, and advancement of synthetic biology as well as building an open community and collaboration. The competition was launched in 2003 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a high concentration of undergraduate student participants. In September 2015, 260 teams from around the world will gather in Boston where the final competition will be held.

Photos by Nicholas Sanchez, Zhang Zhan