The University of Tennessee’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team won a Silver Medal at the 2018 international iGEM competition held in Boston October 24-28. This year’s UT iGEM team focused on processes that break down environmental toxins such as dichloroacetate and included BCMB undergraduate Karl Leitner. His trip was supported by the J. Gordon & Elizabeth Carlson Scholarship from BCMB.
The 2018 UT iGEM team was led by faculty advisers Frank E. Löffler and Steven A. Ripp, and mentored by two graduate students in the Bredesen Center, David C.
Garcia and Nannan Jiang. In addition to Karl Leitner, five other University of Tennessee undergraduate students attended and competed this year including J. Scott Dixon, Brandon D. Kristy, Molly E. Landon, Ralph B. Laurel, and Morgan T. Street.