iGEM UZurich 2020


Team Members

Franka Butzbach Organizing team structures and participation in the competition, initiating the project pitch, finding a host lab and PI, public representation, social media management, interviews, high school presentations, finance management, sponsor acquisition, BioRender illustrations
Timothy Kurer Human Practices, in silico epitope comparisons, science communication and education, synthetic biology workshop, presentations (Swiss iGEM meetup and high school presentation, iGEM recruitment, iGEM final presentation)
Elio Marangi General wetlab, plasmid design, experimental design, sequence analysis
Nicolas Fink General wetlab, interviews, PRR guide, final presentation
Michelle von Arx General wetlab, interviews, illustrations, promotion video illustrations & production, wiki design, wiki illustrations, final presentation
Jonas Trottmann General wetlab, sequence analysis, Registry part documentation, final presentation
Philip Schulz General wetlab, YFP fluorescence quantification, wiki design & development, synthetic biology workshop, Swiss iGEM meetup Presentation, final presentation
Erik Jung Evaluating chemical backgrounds, BioRender illustrations, literature research, photography, final presentation


Prof. Dr. Cyril Zipfel Principal Investigator, host laboratory, PRR knowledge, project guidance, project & experiment planning, sponsoring
Dr. Kyle Bender General lab advice, lab supervision, demonstration of lab techniques, cloning workflow instruction, instruction to lab equipment, project advice, experiment design, problem solving
Dr. Isabel Monte General lab advice, lab supervision, demonstration of lab techniques, cloning workflow instruction, instruction to lab equipment, project advice, experiment design, problem solving, imaging


Cauã Westmann Main iGEM advisor, iGEM advice, wiki advice, fluorescence measurements, FACS measurements
Dr. João Molino General Chlamydomonas advice, Chlamydomonas part design, Chlamydomonas strains

We would also like to thank...

The members of the Zipfel lab ... for always being ready to jump in to answer whatever question we had or help with a problem.
Sophie Wagner ... for supporting the team in the early stages of the project and aiding in our education efforts.
Dr. Julien Gronnier ... for advice & assistance with confocal microscopy.
Dr. Philip Koester ... for performing a Co-IP experiment for us.
Dr. David Chiasson ... for providing us with the plasmid collection for our LI and LII constructs.
Prof. Van der Meer
Dr. Eva Reynaert
Prof. Eberhard Morgenroth
Dr. Frederik Hammes
Dr. Anselme Fournier
Alessandro Franchini
Dr. Susan Mercado
...for taking the time to talk to us about our project and contributing to our Human Practices efforts.
Dr. Anna Deplazes
Martin Haab
Prof. Beat Keller
...for discussing synthetic biology with us and contributing to our Science Communication efforts.
Gabriele Kappeler ...for hosting us in her classroom to present about synthetic biology.
Life Science Learning Centre Zürich ...for providing space, equipment, time and experience to organize a synthetic biology workshop for a high school class.


The 2019 alumni of the UZurich iGEM team have founded the SynBio association after their first competition season. SynBio's goal is offering a platform to interested students in the field of synthetic biology. They association contributed greatly to our iGEM experience and we appreciate their efforts to support us.

A big Thank You to Dominic Tinner who, with his experience and knowledge, supported the production of our promotion and presentation video. He was always ready to help us with the creation, and also offered valuable inputs concerning the form and content of our clips. Next to expertise and software, he also supplied us with the needed hardware and helped us to set up the production.

The Central IT, Multimedia & E-Learning Services at the university helped us to produce our expert-interviews for the science communication. By providing us with a studio, filming and cutting the video, they contributed to our iGEM experience.

Due to the unforeseeable COVID consequences, we were unable to our iGEM project in the Pelkmanslab. Nonetheless, after having hosted last year’s team, they were eager to support us and encouraged us to pursue iGEM in another research facility. A warm thank you to them.

UZH Botanical Garden header image by: Burkhard Mücke, own work, 28 August 2017, shared under CC BY-SA 4.0