Rachael Blackstone, Spencer Cooper and Jack Jenkins are three students on a seven-member team from Georgia Tech to compete in the international Genetically Engineered Machines competition, which ran Friday through Monday.
Only 15 teams were selected nationwide to compete in the World Championship Jamboree at MIT.
The Georgia Tech team’s goal is to develop cells and platelets that display sensory-response behaviors and act as smart biobots, which can duplicate the function fo cells responsible for repair and adaption.
For four years, the school has participated in the event, but this is the first time the team has advanced to the world championship. The students faced off in the regional jamboree against 65 teams, and finished as one of the top 13 undergraduate teams to advance.
The three Forsyth students will be joined byTilak Balavijayan, Haoli Du, Casey Haynes and Jessica Siemer. The group was formed in the summer and has been working together on an e-coli cell project, a goal they’re still working toward.They used standard biological parts and those they designed on their own to build biological systems and operate them in living cells.
The iGEM Jamboree is the largest annual gathering of synthetic biologists.