Vilnius-Lithuanian University Students Winners of 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition in Boston, MA, USA
Lithuanian Vilnius University students proudly brought home gold and bronze medals in the world renowned 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. They placed in the ‘Best Foundational Advance Project’ category. The iGEM Foundation is an ‘independent, non-profit organization dedicated to education and competition, the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of an open community and collaboration’. The competition, held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, attracted the best and brightest from around the world, including Oxford University, Imperial College, New York University Abu Dhabi, Yale University and Shenzhen University China, to name a few. There were two teams from Vilnius University, comprised of undergraduate and post-graduate students. The undergraduate students’ project focused ‘on a novel platform for membrane protein research it offers various future applications’. Learn more about their project here. The post-graduate team designed a framework ‘to make working with single and multi-plasmid systems precise, easy and on top of that - more functional’. Learn more about their project here.
The Baltic American Chamber of Commerce (BACC) met and congratulated the Vilnius champs on October 31, 2018, along with the Counsellor at the Lithuanian Consulate General, Gitana Skripkaite and Managing Director of Life Sciences at WeFund Health, Algirdas J. Lukoservicius at the Lithuanian Consulate General in New York. This is a prominent accomplishment for the Baltic States.