The team Bielefeld-CeBiTec 2021 consists of 15 highly motivated students from different faculties of Bielefeld University. The courses of study represented are Molecular Biotechnology, Biology, Genome Based Systems Biology, Molecular Cell Biology and Interdisciplinary Biomedicine. We are supported by Laura SchlüterProf. Dr. Jörn Kalinowski and other members of the CeBiTec.

 

 

Our Team

 

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Alexander Sommer, 21, Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
Participating in iGEM gives me the opportunity to work independently in the laboratory and to realize my own ideas.
 
What are your hobbies?
I play the piano and go swimming.
 
What is your favorite laboratory item?
Multichannel pipette.
 
What are your future plans?
Finish my studies and enjoy life to the full.
 
     
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Jacob Sarx, 21, Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
I participate in iGEM because I consider leisure an enemy of humanity. Jokes aside, I am a fundamentally motivated person. Why shouldn't I practise what I'm actually studying for while I'm still studying, if I have the opportunity to do so?

You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
Either bacteria that turn deodorant into butyric acid, or a pillow whose sides are always warm.

Which microorganism would you most like to be?
Escherichia coli, the girl for everything. Or toxoplasmosis, I like idea of haunting people's minds.

What are your hobbies?
Spending a hard day in the lab.

What do you do after a hard day in the lab?
I continue with my hobby.

What is your favourite laboratory item?
Vorterxter (Best activity) when waiting for rehearsals.

What are your future plans?
Jumping over Mars in a hopscotch game.

     
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Jasmin Schockenbaum, 24, Biology (Bachelor of Science)

 

You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
Work in Elon Musk's secret laboratory and create superhumans.
 
I haven't been properly in the lab yet, so I can't answer the other questions. That's why I hope to finally get some impressions of laboratory life this year.
I have no future plans. Just one step at a time.
 
What are your hobbies?
Before Corona, I spent most of my time traveling, getting to know other cultures and different personalities.
Unfortunately, at the moment I only spend my free time resting and sleeping.
     
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Jonas Dauster, 19, Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
To find innovative solutions together.

Which microorganism would you most like to be?
Lokiarchaeum.

You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
Bacterial colonies that display the time in digital format.

What are your future plans?
Learning and trying to keep a wide perspective.

     
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Johnny Le, 20, Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
Joining iGEM gives me the chance to gain new experience.

You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
Transferring the regenerative power of amphibians to humans or making an all-healing potion.

What are your future plans?
First of all, I want to successfully complete my education and then find a challenging job that develops me on a daily basis. 
Joining iGEM gives me the chance to gain new experiences.

What do you do after a hard day in the lab?
After a hard day in the lab, a challenging workout session is done to help the mind switch off. No matter what project you are working on,
the body remains the most important project.

     
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Julia Macholl, 23, Molecular Cell Biology (Master of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
iGEM gives me the opportunity to work on my own project with an interdisciplinary team of students, making your own decisions with your team from start to finish
and being responsible for the success of the project.

Which microorganism would you most like to be?
Chlamydomonas nivalis.

What are your hobbies?
Standard and Latin dance, football, creative design, reading, attending concerts.

What is your favourite laboratory item?
The Vortex.

     
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Lennart Lutz, 21, Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
I take part in iGEM because I make good use of part of the time between Bachelor and Master and because I'm dying to do a longer and more extensive project outside of the compulsory internship in the laboratory. In addition, I have always enjoyed solving problems in research projects, the various types of work in addition to research are a welcome change.
 
What do you do after a busy day in the lab?
Now that it's getting warmer again soon, I like to enjoy the evening with my roommates and a cold beer on the balcony.
 
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are bouldering, flying my FPV drone and actually everything you can do with friends.
     
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Louisa Lehmann, 21, Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
Because of my enthusiasm for synthetic biology and the opportunity to carry out a project outside the curriculum with a great and dedicated team from A to Z.

What is your favourite laboratory item?
Your own set of perfect calibrated pipettes.

What are your hobbies?
I'm involved with btS - the biotechnology student initiative, where I have the opportunity to develop my soft skills and meet lots of cool people
from the life science sector from all over Germany.

What do you do after a hard day in the lab?
Ordering a pizza and watching a good series on Netflix.
     
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Lucas Krause, 23, Molecular Biotechnology (Master of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
I am fascinated by the possibilities that synthetic biology offers to change everyday life and iGEM offers the opportunity to be creative in a team
and realise these possibilities.

Which microorganism would you most like to be?
Pelagibacter ubique, the ubiquitous marine bacterium. I love the sea and being a P. ubique would definitely get you around a lot in it.

What is your favourite laboratory item? 
The shaking flask. I find it very calming to watch a shaking flask being swung evenly on a shaking plate.

What are your hobbies?
Sports, playing guitar, video games.

     
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Mareike Keßler, 24, Interdisciplinary Biomedicine (Master of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
I am interested in research and would like to take on the challenge of setting up my own project with a great team. I am looking forward to the many national and international contacts and am excited about where this journey will take us.

What do you do after a hard day in the lab?
My favourite thing is to do sports and work out physically, go for a big ride with the horse or spend a relaxing evening with friends.

What is your favourite laboratory item?
Multipipettes of all types.

You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
I like humour and good humour, so I would probably develop breakfast cereals that put everyone in a good mood right after breakfast :)

     
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Marie Schmiedekamp, 26, Biology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM? 
iGEM offers you the unique opportunity to set up your own project with a team of young, open-minded people, which is completely self-organised and in which you can contribute your ideas and interests. It's not just about the pure laboratory work, but also about the economic aspects behind it. I'm looking forward to this challenge to learn new things, gain experience and make contacts.

Which microorganism would you most like to be? 
Noctiluca scintillans - the marine goby.

What do you do after a hard day in the lab? 
After a hard day in the lab, I like to meet up with my friends to cook together, watch a film or just spend a cosy evening.

What are your future plans?
In the future, I plan to do a Master's degree and then a PhD.

     
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Marvin Hildebrandt, 22, Genome Based Systems Biology (Master of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
I take part in iGEM because I find it exciting to carry out my own research project in a team and thereby gain experience for a later scientific career, going beyond the course content. iGEM also offers an introduction to synthetic biology, which I find a very fascinating research field.
 
You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
My project as a mad scientist might be a new spaceship drive to make interstellar travel possible. Naturally with the aim of answering and researching the question of life outside the solar system.
 
What is your favorite laboratory item?
My favorite lab item is the thermal cycler. You need PCRs for everything!
 
What are your future plans?
My plan for the future is definitely a career in science. And iGEM is the starting point... :D
     
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Matthes Haese, 20, Molecular Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
Apparently, I don ́t like to have free time, so I like to takepart in such cool projects.
 
Which microorganism would you most like to be?
Aliivibrio fischeri, it glows.
 
You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
GEZ.
 
What do you do after a busy day in the lab?
I have breakfast.
 
What are your hobbies?
Playing guitar, gamble, volleyball, sleeping.
 
What is your favorite laboratory item?
Vortex, of course.
 
What are your future plans?
I don't think so far.
     
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Paul Goffing, 23, Molecular Cell Biology (Master of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
To test the limits of what is possible.
 
Which microorganism would you most like to be?
Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Basis for beer, wine and pizza.
 
What are your hobbies?
Playing the violin in an orchestra.
 
What is your favorite laboratory item?
Dry ice with ethanol to freeze cells in it, it bubbles so nicely!
     
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Tim Prasun, 23, Genome Based Systems Biology (Master of Science)

 

Why are you participating in iGEM?
I decided to join iGEM because I like to work in groups with like-minded people on my own projects and I like to tackle complex issues. I would also like to gain additional practical experience in the laboratory and outside of it.
 
Which microorganism would you most like to be?
I would prefer to be a microalga like Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, because it combines many advantages of plants and microorganisms.
 
You are a mad scientist, what would your project be?
I would use ice-forming bacteria such as Pseudomonas syringae to fight the melting of the polar ice caps and glaciers. 
 
What do you do after a busy day in the lab?
After a strenuous day in the laboratory, during which I had to do a lot of thinking, I need a sporty balance. Then I prefer to go to the gym or do sports outside.
I often meet up with friends to end the day in a relaxed manner.