We're a team of young, highly-motivated and ambitious scientists with skills across biology, chemistry, computer
science, design and mechanical engineering.
"We are friendly butterflies"
Melissa is a student at Aalto University pursuing a Master's Degree in Biosystem and Biomaterials with a minor in Health
Technologies. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Bioproducts at Aalto University with a minor in Molecular Biology at
the University of Helsinki in Espoo, Finland.
All the new lab skills she has learnt.
"Convinced, concerned, confused"
Veera is a student at the University of Helsinki and started her Master's Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences
this summer. She recently received a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Helsinki in
Suddenly standing in the lab for 5 hours instead of the planned 2 hours
"But isn't it common to see naked people around here?"
Amna is a student at Aalto University pursuing a Master's Degree in Biological and Chemical Engineering for Sustainable
Bioeconomy. She received a Bachelor's Degree with honours in Biotechnology at University of Peshawar in Peshawar,
Working on her Master's thesis in parallel
"We are a team of students that don't know what the heck is going on in their life."
Lilith is a student at the University of Helsinki pursuing a Master's Degree in Microbiology and Microbial
Biotechnology. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a minor in Medicinal Chemistry and
Chemical Biology at Jacobs University Bremen, in Bremen, Germany
All the chocolate in the office
"It's not easy peasy lemon squeezy; it's hard lemon, difficult."
Mari is a student at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University pursuing Bachelor's Degrees in Food Sciences and
Design, respectively with a minor in Psychology.
Was experimenting with professional camera equipment
"Salt takes up so much space"
Zsófia is a student at the University of Helsinki pursuing a Master's Degree in Translational Medicine with a minor in
Infection Biology. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Law with a minor in Medical Ethics at Cambridge University, in
Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Volunteering for all the tasks the others already chose for her.
"Also, being positive is better. I still need to work on that."
Anniina is a student at the University of Helsinki pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biosciences.
All the chemistry calculations the team could not do by themselves.
"We don't necessarily need their faces; their bodies would be enough"
Diogo is a student at the University of Helsinki pursuing a PhD in FIMM and EMBL. He recently finished his Master's
Degree in Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at the Instituto
Superior de Tecnologias Avançadas in Lisbon, Portugal.
Office dog Hugo.
"But that's how clinical trials work; you take a bunch of people, stab them and apply your medicine."
Hanna is a student at the University of Helsinki pursuing a Master's Degree in Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine. She
received a Bachelor's Degree in Bioinformatics at Saarland University, in Saarbrücken, Germany.
The 9 € ticket to travel to the European Conference.
"Don't quote me on this."
Joose is a student at Aalto University pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During Fall he started a
second Bachelor's Degree programme in Science.
Flexible working hours.
Heli is a Lecturer at Aalto University, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems. She has been involved as
iGEM team advisor since 2015. Her professional field of expertise includes molecular genetics and
synthetic biology, cell and molecular biology in general.
The multidisciplinarity. It's fantastic that people from many different and very diverse fields can join their forces to lead the world towards
more sustainable future.
The new brilliant ideas that the iGEM teams come up with. It's very rewarding to see the
development of our own team and its members during the year, how they build and execute the project. Also the
togetherness of the whole iGEM community is great
Markus is a Professor of Biomolecular Materials at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at the Aalto University
School of Chemical Engineering, and the leader of the Biomolecular Materials research group. His research combines
synthetic biology and materials, studying novel biosynthetic production as well as interactions between living and
non-living systems. He was part of Aalto-Helsinki since its start in 2014.
chromoproteins from 2012 of the Uppsala team
All the different participants
Sesilja is a staff scientist at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at Aalto University.
How synthetic biology allows us to learn from and mimic nature, but also to reassemble and redesign the pieces and
Being able to to hear about the ideas and to follow the development of the iGEM teams. It is impressive how the teams manage to take
over challenging and innovative projects in a very short time
Ville is a university researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology in the University of Helsinki, and the leader of the
Proteostasis and chemical Biology research group. His research focuses on the secretory pathway and the biogenesis of
proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum.
The use of cutting edge molecular biology to develop new applications and molecules.
The power of motivated student teams in iGEM for tackling really challenging problems every year is inspiring.
Ilse is an iGEM alumni from 2019. She is working in the Hematological Genetics lab at
UH and studies inherited bone marrow failure syndromes and their progression in leukemia. She would be happy to work
with medical innovations to make an impact.
The potential to solve some of the most burning challenges that
society faces today. “Only imagination is your limit [in synthetic biology]”.
Juuso is currently in his PhD studies at UH focusing on the function of membrane contact sites in endothelial cells through
high-throughput omics methods. He hopes that he'll be able to work on applied projects in the future that have an
emphasis on omics.
Molecular sticks you can use to poke at individual genes and see what happens.
Rishi is currently in his PhD working on neonatal mitochondrial disease, GRACILE syndrome. He would like to work in the
R&D division of a pharmaceutical company in future.
By redesigning organisms through engineering, we can use them for various purposes by introducing new abilities.
Sami is finalising his PhD in the Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine. He researches and develops gene-editing
therapies seeking to correct genetic mutations.
In the future, he would like to work in a team performing clinical trials of gene-editing therapies.
Directed evolution applied to the creation or improvement of proteins. It already yielded priceless tolls for the
gene-editing field and will surely be crucial in the future.