About Us

Through open communication and task delegation, our team combines everyone’s individual strength, interest, and experience to create a great working atmosphere and team spirit.

We formed our group at the end of 2019. We consist of eight students from the biology, chemistry and physics departments of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern who are passionate about our subjects and the challenges iGEM presents us. Since we are second iGEM team of our university, as well as in the entirety of Rheinland-Pfalz, our aim is to successfully continue to establish iGEM at the TUK.

Our team is supported by three academic instructors of the departments of Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Prof. Dr. Frankenberg-Dinkel / Professor of Microbiology

Prof. Dr. Schroda / Professor of Molecular Biotechnology and Systems Biology

Jun. Prof. Willmund / Junior Professor of Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes

Name: Sarah Abdul-Mawla

Age: 24

Degree Program: Bachelor in Biology

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Pipette, because you can do so much with it

Main Roles: Lab Work, Social Media

Motivation for iGEM: I wanted to get more practical experience outside the usual uni-stuff and having a choice in the project we create is also great.

Name: Richelle Avers

Age: 23

Degree Program: Molecular Cell Biology

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Main Responsibilities: Laboratory work

Motivation for iGEM: I wanted the opportunity to expand my laboratory experience while working with the team.

Name: Emily Becker

Age: 22

Degree Program: Bachelor in Biology

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Centrifuge

Main Roles: Laboratory Work, Sponsoring

Motivation for iGEM: iGEM is a great opportunity to learn to work independently in the laboratory.

Name: Daniel Brady

Age: 24

Degree Program: Masters in Physics with a focus on theoretical physics

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Exit

Main Roles: Simulation, Website Design

Motivation for iGEM: Offers a great opportunity to learn about webdesign, modeling, and gathering team-work experiences.

Name: Nicolas Freche

Age: 20

Degree Program: Bachelor in Biology

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Vortex mixer

Main Roles: Social Media, Design

Motivation for iGEM: The urge to research and know everything.

Name: Stefanie Heinrich

Age: 23

Degree Program: Bachelor in Life Sciences

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: PIPETBOY

Main Roles: Laboratory Work, Social Media

Motivation for iGEM: I hope to gain a lot of experiences in the laboratory and to be able to contribute something to this project.

Name: Allyssa Hinkle

Age: 27

Degree Program: Master in Biology with a focus in Ecology

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Flourescence microscope

Main Roles: Laboratory Work, Sponsoring

Motivation for iGEM: To learn new techniques in the laboratory and grow my fundamental skills as a scientist.

Name: Linda Müller

Age: 24

Degree Program: Diploma in Biophysics

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Photometer

Main Roles: Event Organization, Laboratory Work

Motivation for iGEM: I am looking forward to working on a project from its conception to its implementation with a nice team and having the opportunity to utilize all the knowledge earned in my studies.

Name: Helena Schäfer

Age: 21

Degree Program: Bachelor in Biology

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Vortexer

Main Roles: Laboratory Work, Sponsoring

Motivation for iGEM: through iGEM I learn how to plan, evaluate and interpret a complete project, soft skills and the organization of a possible project are also learned.

Name: Yannik Schermer

Age: 22

Degree Program: Bachelor in Food Chemistry

Favorite Laboratory Equipment: Soxhlet extractor

Main Roles: Event Organization, Laboratory Work

Motivation for iGEM: I like the idea of being able to do research with potential real-world application before finishing university.