Introducing Stony Brook 2020 iGEM team! Stony Brook iGEM was established in 2014, making us the 7th team to compete! Throughout the years, the team has found several
successes and we aim to continue that! This year brings a variety of disciplines across the spectrum together in order to tackle a real-world challenge.
Starting from February, we worked together as a team despite our differences and the challenges, especially that of COVID-19, in order to create a solution that each one of us is proud of.
Computer Science and minor in Bioengineering
Adit loves to learn about the intersection of Biology and Computations. In his spare time, he watches basketball and all forms of Spiderman media.
Web Development, Project Development
"We can always be kind of average and do what's normal. I'm not in this to be normal." - Kobe Bryant
As you can clearly see, Maheen has a third degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu. Recently, she seems to have gone through some strange cowboy phase.
Project Development, Outreach, Modelling
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy" - Rabindranath Tagore
Biology & Psychology
Laiba is an active skateboarder and tennis player, though she isn't winning an award any time soon. She has a pet goat that eats leaves, I just hope he's fed properly.
(Team Leader) Project Development, Outreach, Web Development, Modeling
"Be who you are and say what you feel because in the end those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” - Bernard M. Baruch"
Avi is a tennis addict going on 8 years, picking it up to play with his father when they moved. After lab hours, him and Laiba can be seen training together.
Project Development, Outreach, Modeling
"Tough times never last, but tough people do." - Robert Shuller
Physics & Mathematics
Abhishek likes to think about the 'behind the scenes' of things, espeically when it comes to computer science and math. He likes to run on his days off, though apparently the faster he runs, the quicker he can compile.
"When you die, you can't see sunsets." - Hayao Miyazaki
Chemical and Molecular Engineering
Aneeqa likes sunsets... a bit too much. Her roommates had to thaw her out of the snow when they couldn't find her in the morning. She's curbing the urge with YouTube compilations for now
Web Development, Outreach
"Life is like a chemical equation, you gotta keep it balanced"
An avid fan of rom-coms, much to Maheen's dismay, and lover of all things Italy. She's a huge marvel fan, fighting for a spot in her theater's Iron Man 2's premiere. I hope she hasn't seen Endgame.
Projec Development, Outreach
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A.A Milne Christopher Robin
Chiu Yin Lee
Electrical Engineering & Physics
Despite his looks, Chiu spends most of his time at the local buffets to make the most of his money. For some reason, the cafeteria never serves the daily special when he swipes in, how odd.
Web Development, Modelling
"It's hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one." - Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson)
Biochemistry and minor in Applied Math
A dumb blonde in WISE honors, daycare worker and part-time skydiver, there isn't anything Julia hasn't tried already. When she's not skiing on the Long Island Sound, she spends her time picking flowers on the Appalachian mountains.
Project Development, Modeling, Outreach
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so we can fear less." - Marie Curie
Biology & Psychology
For Simi, there's no such thing as a complete meal without ice cream. The last time she tried... didn't go too well. Whenever we meet up now, there's always a tun of Ben & Jerry's lying around.
Project Development, Web Development
"Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos" - Don Kardong
In an attempt to pay off her college debt, Melissa works at Starbucks as a barista. The next time your caramel macchiato isn't made as ordered, you know who to go to.
Project Development, Outreach
"Improvement is always an option, but failure is not!" - Me, Myself, and I
Fan of all things optogenetics, AJ's all about the biochemical process behind life. As the only one who knew how to GEM for iGEM from the start, he's our colleague and boss at the same time. You can never tell what's going on behind that devious smile.
(Team Leader) Project Development, Modelling
"I hate bees" - TJ
Aaliyah enjoys the finer things in life: the extra onion ring when ordering french fries, the flip of a Dairy Queen Blizzard, and long visits to East Side Dining. She can normally be found laying on the turf, between the 10 spike ball teams at noon.
"I like all things French: french fries, french toast"
Biology & Psychology
A certified Burger King connoisseur and pro gamer, Justin spends his time slaving away for the team website and being an absolute g. Tired of weighing the pos and cons, he decided his college on a coin flip, and now we're here. Never get in the way of him and a coke zero.
Project Development, Modelling, Outreach, Web Development
"There's no point if the dice is fixed"