• Competition Deliverables
  • We have completed the competition deliverables including the wiki, poster, presentation video, judging form, and promotional video which can be found here.

  • Attributions
  • We have created an attributions page outlining all the people who have helped us along the way to bring Oviita to fruition

  • Project Description
  • We have created a project description page to outline our motivation, goals, and various components of Oviita.

  • Contributions
  • We have created a contributions page outlining everything we have contributed to the iGEM community. Additionally, the characterization of the existing registry part, BBa_K211700, is documented on our characterization page.



  • Engineering Success
  • Oviita has multiple sub-projects that were designed carefully and thoughtfully. Our engineering success page outlines the each of our subprojects that had to be designed and carefully using the engineering design process: cellulase integration , biocontainment, thymol production, bioreactor creation, and Randle's Cell Testing Device. The Engineering Success page provides an overview of all these projects, but you can find more details on each the on their respective subproject specific pages.

  • Collaborations
  • We have collaborated with a number of teams this year all over the world! Check out our collaborations page to learn more.

  • Human Practices
  • Oviita was designed thoughtfully with the inclusion of stakeholder opinions every step of the way. We have created a human practices page to outline our work.

  • Proposed Implementation
  • We have planned extensively for Oviita to be successfully implemented in communities. Check out our proposed implementation page to learn more.



  • Integrated Human Practices
  • We designed Oviita to be consistently human-centered and community-based. Check out our integrated human practices page to learn more.

  • Project Modelling
  • We have used extensive modelling to inform our wet lab projects and our bioreactor design. Check out our modelling overview page to see how modelling influenced our project.

  • Science Communication
  • We have created an education page to outline the synthetic biology course we made, describe our extensive mentorship endeavours, talk about other initiatives we started to promote synthetic biology education.


Other awards

  • Integrated Human Practices
  • Oviita is a system that prides itself on being inexpensive, sustainable, and easy to maintain. In order to make this system as accessible as possible, we wanted to take into consideration the culture, lifestyle, and needs of those that would be using it. This use of integrated human practices was achieved through discussions with anthropologists, non-profit organizations, and healthcare workers.

  • Hardware
  • The design of specific hardware tools were essential for the creation of Oviita. Specifically, we designed a bioreactor for community-based implementation, and Randle's Cell Testing Device to address inadequate vitamin A testing.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • We have incorporated Oviita as a non-profit organization and have taken the next steps to introduce Oviita to the communities we aim to serve have through our various our wet entrepreneurship initiatives.

  • Education
  • We have successfully created a senior-level university synthetic biology course and have implemented it in our school as the first synthetic biology-specific course offered at our institution. This is a major step forward in promoting synthetic biology education. Furthermore, we are dedicated to helping all iGEM teams develop good strategies for human practices and team organization.

  • Part Collection
  • We created the first part collection of its kind that includes modular Gibson Assembly compatible parts that make Y. lipolytica an easier chassis for iGEM teams and the synthetic biology community.

  • Modelling
  • Modelling was integrated throughout the project. The most prominent impact was in our engineered cellulase enzymes. Other aspects of our project influenced by modelling were the Randle's Cell Testing Device and the bioreactor.

  • Measurement
  • Measurement is difficult, especially for quantizing the nanoscale movements of biological molecules. To address this, iGEM Calgary introduces GausHaus, a parameterization method for protein dynamics. This is enabled by molecular dynamic simulation and by Gaussian process dynamic models. This method can also be used for the estimation of protein dynamics. Learn more on our measurement page.

  • Software
  • Software development was an exciting portion of our summer. We were able to develop GausHaus, Sticks, Hardware programming, and Bellatrix. These software tools were able to enrich our project and ensure that what we were doing was reproducible at every stage.

  • Sustainable Development
  • We designed Oviita with the UN SDG goals in mind, and tackled a number of them in various aspects of our project. Learn more on our sustainable development page.