IGEM Paris Bettencourt 2011 team members
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- Adrien Lhomme-Duchadeuil
As far as I can recall I was always immersed in the Sciences
and multi-culturalism. Following a bilingual education in France,
I obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Anthroplogy and
in Biology from the University of Toronto. Drawing from such a
wide education, I really wish to participate in the iGEM
competition so that I can bring to the team my biology skills and
my anthroplogical knowledge. I want to seize the opportunity
and contribute to this new adventure that synthetic biology is.
- Axel Séguret
After many talks with some teachers, I had the wish to
participate in iGEM competition. The idea of life engineering
seems to me very interesting. To create standards could
simplify experiments and all shares. We are not yet researchers
but we have the ambition to achieve a research project end to
end. Finally, iGEM contributes to the development of synthetic
biology, while attempting to desecrate the image of science. I
think science is accessible to people that get caught into the
- Camille Huet de Froberville
It's in the CRI I discovered and enjoyed really, Synthetic and
Systems Biology in a multidisciplinary and international
atmosphere that fitted me well. It's also during my master that I
heard about iGEM. It's for me, a unique opportunity to work in a
lab and to be confronted to its management. Moreover it allows
to completely get involved in a project that is ours from the
emerging idea to its realisation. Last, iGEM needs us to surpass
ourselves. That's something that motivates me a lot : pushing
further our limits to accomplish something that we can be proud
- Edward Kwarteng
iGEM competition is platform for young researchers to develop
their talents in such a world competition.Participating in Igem
competition will give me the opportunity to think of a scientific
problem and design how to solve it autonomously with
colleagues from different disciplines. It will enhance my
capabilities to work in a group and share ideas with fellows.
Synthetic biology is a great tool for future discoveries and i see
iGEM as the gateway for me to develop interest and equip
myself in this upcoming field of science.
- Laura Da Silva
While having a bachelor's degree in Biology of Lyon 1
University, physics and computer science have always
interested me. iGEM meaning interdisciplinarity: the mixture of
all basic sciences, represents, in my mind, a unique opportunity.
It is an adventure not only from the personal point of view:
working and setting up a team with students from different
backgrounds and interacting on different views of Life Sciences
induced, but also from a professional point of view: to have the
possibility at our study level to take part in the creation and in
the development by ourselves of our own scientific project, so
means a source of intellectual enrichment, at which I am willing
to take part.
- Mathias Toulouze
I am very impatient thinking about this competition. According to
me, it is a special opportunity offered to us. Indeed, in the
course of this competition we will have the opportunity to
leverage our creativity, our passion for science and our team
spirit. Synthetic biology is an emerging discipline that has
already led to several innovations, which transforms a little
more, each day, our vision of life. IGEM is a unique opportunity
for us to learn and to excel.
- Babak Nichabouri
I am currently following the Pharma.D Phd Program. I have to
do a summer internship in the lab of my choice. I chose the CRI
for the multi disciplinary aspect and particularly innovating side.
It is important for me to not shut myself away into one particular
domain, as interesting as it is, and to be always open minded.
iGEM is not only a simple lab internship, it is a pedagogic
program, with no equal, and we will learn as well about people
we work with as ourselves. But iGEM is also a competition, a
great team challenge that motivate us to do great thinks and do
- Baptiste Couly
- 3rd Year, Engineer, Ecole des Mines ParisTech
I am an engineering student in his final year of study at Mines ParisTech. I discovered synthetic biology almost by chance during an introductory course I took because I remembered dimly that I liked biology in high school. I never regretted it. Synthetic biology is for me the opportunity to design complex systems using the strengths of life to create devices that "traditionnal" engineering can not. It is also the perfect time to work with a team with all kinds of backgrounds.
- Oleg Mikhajlov
- 1st Year, Engineer, Ecole des Mines ParisTech
I'm a first year student at Ecole des Mines de Paris. Before that I studied at the physics faculty of Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. Now I would like to see how physics works in biology. Synthetic biology seems to be an excellent example of the interdisciplinary science that regroups biology, physics, computer science etc. That's why I joined the igem team.
- Ouriel Caën
As a Physics student my curiosity and enthusiasm towards life
sciences has been the driving force to undertake a research
internship in an Israeli laboratory of modern theoretical
Biophysics. There, I learned that Biology is an inexhaustible of
functions and systems which identification, recombination and
adaption will help to better understand life, and open a new era
of original and fruitful technologies. Synthetic Biology and iGEM
are the best way to implement this teaching. The numerous
testimonies of former iGEM participants evoking an invaluable
personal gain as much on social, organizational and
psychological dimensions, convinced me of my interest to join
the Paris iGEM team.
- Hovannes Agopyan
An opportunity to work with future researchers in a daring
project? A way to get matches in scientifically viable? The
opportunity to be the strong link in a chain? To assume our
capabilities and know how to cooperate?Take pleasure by
advancing? That are the questions that I would like to meet and
answer through my participation in IGEM! I want to test my my
own limits in a group that strives for excellence through powerful
synergies. IGEM is probably the missing link that connects
youth and dynamism to the particular world of research. Finally,
I see in IGEM the opportunity to serve Human being, regardless
of the adopted draft.
- Danyel Lee
I learned about iGEM from a classmate that also wants to
participate in the project. A unique project planned and carried
out by a interdisciplinary group of students, both creative and
innovative, iGEM was clearly not an opportunity that i could
pass by. I look forward to learning from the other members,
learning through the experience, and contributing my own
knowledge and assets to the team.
- Kevin Yauy
I wanted to participate to iGEM for a long time and this year I
have finally possibility, motivation and energy do it! The project
sounds amazing, work with other peoples, discover new things
in biology, do research. Enpowering my mind. I'm very
interested because I think that I can learn differents things with
this competition than if I do another classic internship. It will be
a special experience to live and this is the moment maybe
where with ideas of mine and the team could change our world.
Computer sciences students
- Adrien Basso-Blandin
My internship's subject deals with Synthetic biology and I would
like to do my thesis on the same subject. Thus, participating to
iGEM allow some practice in synthetic biology. It is also the
opportunity to share knowledge with members of other scientific
communities (biologist, physicist, engineer). Beeing computer-
scientist, I see iGEM like the creation of RISC processor, an
oportunity to search similitudes between different older projects
in order to model these. Hopefully, this research will simplify
next years' work by proposing better computer-science tools for
- Cyrille Pauthenier
I'm a student in chemistry master at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Aware that most of the common chemicals we use in our common life derived from oil and because I also enjoy studying biology, I started to focus my interest on living materials as an alternative source of carbon for chemistry, and natural chemical transformation processes. This is how I first stepped in Biocatalysis. Then, I discovered the iGEM contest, and get very fan of the idea of engeenering life for our own human interest. I'm a very motivated guy, loving to work in team, and on such interesting projects. My aim is to going on in Synthetic Biology after the contest, and probably make a PhD in metabolic pathway engeenering.
The supervision team
- Ariel Lindner
INSERM tenured senior researcher and co-director of the AIV master, has graduated from the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) "Amirim" interdisciplinary program with major in Chemistry and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) in Chemical Immunology for his work on catalytic antibodies as enzyme models, antibody conformational changes and directed evolution. After a research period at the Scripps Institute (California, USA), he received EMBO and Marie Curie fellowships to pursue postdoctoral work in Paris. His study interestevolve around applying Physical, Chemical and Biological approaches to study variability between clonal individuals. he si an associate professor at the Paris Descartes university faculty of Medicine (2008/9) and serves as the director of studies of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI).
- Antoine Decrulle
Currently in Master 2 and preparing a thesis, i was in the team
Paris-Lilianne Bettancourt during the last edition of the iGEM
competition. For me, it has been a great scientific and human
experience. This year I decided to be part of the new team as
advisor in order to share my experience and to keep learning
from the student and the new project.
- Aleksandra Nivina
I discovered the iGEM competition one year ago, and
committed myself to this scientific adventure by joining the 2010
team. Having learned a lot during this intense and exciting
work, I would now like to share my knowledge and experience
with the members of the next team. I'm sure this collaboration
will be interesting and fruitful for both me and the new iGEMers.
- Raphaël Pantier
Last year, I participated to the iGEM competition as a student,
this experience was incredibly exciting and instructive.
However, building a project from its imagination to its design,
modeling and achievement at the bench is not an easy task…
That’s why I would like to share my experience and help the
new iGEM team to go as far as they can!
- Thomas Lombès
Last year’s IGEM competition was for me, as an advisor, a great
human and scientific experience. I am already thrilled by the
brainstorming sessions we have for the 2011 IGEM edition. I will
be glad to share my experience and help the new IGEM team
as much as I can.
- Yifan Yang
Naturally, I would be glad to contribute my experience in
previous iGEMs to the current team. Besides the science side,
I'm very interested in teaching science with research, and
untraditional mode of scientific research. IGEM is the perfect
model of both of these. From the teaching side, I'm really
excited by the prospect of getting to know and working with
people from different backgrounds. In addition to that, iGEM is
an opportunity where interdisciplinary projects got done by
undergraduate students, which would never happen in
traditional scientific labs. It's exciting to participate in such
endeavors year after year.
A special thanks to the following people who have significantly contributed one way or another to the discussions and debates but are not part of the official team
- Cristina Acasuso
- Master 1, Interdisciplinary approaches to Life Sciences (AIV), Paris Descartes University