Team:St Andrews/Team

Shinescreen: A Novel,Entirely Reef-Safe Probiotic Sunscreen.


Anneleen de Ruiter

Third year BSc Management and Sustainable Development. Mainly responsible for leading human practices and business development strategy of the team. I host stakeholder meetings, foster partnerships with other teams, and host large iGEM meet-ups. I also lead the business development opportunities though pitching our idea to investors, handling intellectual property protection, and strategising market potential. Moreover, I created our promotional video and handle team finances and deadlines.

Enterobacter agglomerans - synthesises vitamin K in the human gut.

Bradley McCallion

Recent MPhys Graduate in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics. Responsible for managing the computational components of the project with a particular focus on macroscopic simulation of our theoretical sunscreen product on the surface of a human skin microbiome. Also assisted in several other area including networking, entrepreneurship, event organisation and brand design.

Geobacter metallireducens – I’ll eat anything.

Caius Gibeily

I am entering the 3rd year of a direct-entry pure Biology programme, with particular interest in cell biology and neuroscience. In the team, my roles principally included engineering and modelling of the gene circuit and its evolutionary consequences. Other roles include designing the Android application, ‘Coralware'.

Electrothrix – marine cable bacterium which directly channels electricity using filamentous wires.

Isobel Guthrie

I am a third year BSc biology student. One of my focuses is the biosafety of our project – ensuring that we build in robust and reliable safety mechanisms that keep our probiotic functioning as it should, as well as preventing the bacteria from persisting in the marine environment. I worked on the evolutionary mutation model, as well as on various projects within human practices.

Beggiatoa – found living around deep sea vents and are some of the only organisms on earth that do not rely on sunlight for energy, instead they source their energy from the metabolism of inorganic molecules.

Issac Johann Li

Second year Computer Science student who led the architecture and design of the iGEM Wiki page, ironing out associated bugs and issues and assisted in the HTML links required for the reef conservation case study questionnaire.

Deinococcus radiodurans - extremophilic bacterium and one of the most radiation-resistant organisms known.

Laurence Seeley

Third year Biochemistry student focusing on design and implementation of the gene circuit into our host organism. Some of my roles in the project have included optimising production of shinorine-producing enzymes, assembling parts for the BioBrick registry, and gathering data for the modelling sub-team.

Wolbachia – bacterial endosymbiont skewing host sex ratios.

Megan Fletcher

Recent fourth year student in biochemistry at the University of St Andrews, with passion about research and improvement in science. Main focuses within the group primarily includes graphic design, with work on logo design, elements within the promotional video and our wiki page. Minor contributions also include gene circuit and plasmid implementation.

Streptococcus pyogenes - docile but eats flesh.

Polina Foteva

Second year BSc Biochemistry student. As part of the team my work was focused on human practices and data analysis. I was involved in synthetic biology forum organisation, twitter sentiment analysis and sunscreen survey. In my spare time I love running, hiking and reading.

Cyanobacteria – love the sun.

Soo Bynn Lee

Third year Biology student whose work was focused on the human practices, particularly contacting community organizations and other iGEM teams to collect data for the sunscreen survey. I was also responsible for developing partnerships to promote the team’s initiatives and integrating social media platforms to advance our events and product to the public.

Aliivibrio fischeri-bioluminescent properties and in symbiosis with marine animals.

Yaxuan Kong

Final year statistics undergraduate student with particular interest in data science. As part of the team, I am leading Twitter Sentiment Analysis, which aims to use the sentiment analysis tool to analyse general public opinions towards GMO. I am also leading Reef Conservation Case Study, which aims to gain better understanding about people’s perceptions of a potential probiotic sunscreen.

Rhizobium – help plants to grow.


V Anne Smith

I am a computational biologist, specializing in networks across many levels of biological organization, including genes, brains and ecosystems. I am interested in synthetic biology and in understanding the behavior of synthetic circuits; I initiated the first iGEM Teams at St Andrews many years ago and continue to be involved in its returned appearance.

Chris Hooley

Dr Chris Hooley is a Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and the Operations Director of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (CM-CDT). His research focuses on collective behaviour in many-particle quantum systems, both in and out of equilibrium. In addition to this year’s, he was a staff member of the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2018 St Andrews iGEM teams.

Paula Miles

Dr Paula Miles is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Psychology & Neuroscience and is the School's Director of Teaching. Her initial work focused on helping children with special needs within primary and secondary school settings, but her current research focus has shifted to the higher education sector. Dr Paula Miles supervised the St Andrews iGEM team in their Shinescreen Case Study.

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