NYU Abu Dhabi was established with a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. The multidisciplinary environment, resources, and strong community aligned perfectly with the diverse student body's intent of solving pressing problems of our times.
iGEM gives students the opportunity to tackle everyday issues by pushing the boundaries of synthetic biology. Multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques. Modern problems require modern solutions.
Since 2015, NYUAD has been an active member of the iGEM community. Beginning with the Exterminator Coli self-sustaining mosquito trap, then moving on to shiga-like toxin detection using PAGE gels with Prokary-eat, finally in 2017 we moved onto our current theme of pathogen detection using novel DNA amplification techniques. E.coLAMP was the first project using PDMS chips with LAMP reagents to detect E.coli, eventually developing into Pathogene which encompassed a sample collection and heating device, radial chip for multiplex detection using LAMP and RPA reagents and now culminating into Volatect. Currently, with over 5 years of experience, a wealth of knowledge, supportive mentors, strong partnerships and collaborations, the NYUAD iGEM team is confident in continuing culture of excellence and deliver a market-ready product.