Meet Our Team
Hello! I’m Aruna and I’m a third-year student in Applied Biology. My main role in the team is to research the biosafety aspects of our project and complete the parts registry while simultaneously performing lab work. The iGEM experience has been transformative and a great learning opportunity. I am glad to have been able to contribute to the team and to our project.
I am Ava, a Year 3 student majoring in Applied Biology. Being a researcher in the field of biology is my dream and personal goal. I enjoy the process of scientifically finding the answer to a question. The iGEM competition is an invaluable opportunity for me to acquire more research experience in the field of synthetic biology.
I am Effie, a Year 3 Applied Biology student. I am an approachable person and also a good listener. Anyone is welcome to share their thoughts with me. I contributed to the team working on the Interlab study while also constructing our biobricks. iGEM provided me with a valuable chance to learn the basics of synthetic biology and to meet great people. Turning ideas into reality is also a new learning experience for me.
Hello. I am Esther, a Year 3 student majoring in Applied Biology. Genetics is my favourite field in biology because it demonstrates how complexity can arise from the simplest entity. My responsibility in the team is to keep everyone updated with news from the iGEM headquarters so that we don’t miss any deadlines. iGEM has been a precious experience. Besides a marked improvement on pipetting skills, I have learned to troubleshoot problems when they arise.
I’m Peter, a year 3 student studying Applied Biology. Nothing can fascinate me as much as life science. Countless human inventions and designs are inspired by nature. To me, the most compact natural storage system is the genome. iGEM provided me with an opportunity to create our own project and modify this product of Mother Nature. I appreciate the complexity of the genome. I have given by best to characterize the lysis cassettes and designing the team Wiki.
Hi! My name is Rocky. I am currently a high school senior studying at the International Christian School of Hong Kong. Over the summer, I had the privilege of working alongside the CityU iGEM team. Throughout my time with the team, I learnt many useful things about working in a lab and how to work towards a goal as a team. I sincerely hope my experience will take me to new heights in the future.
I am Tina. I have had a meaningful summer with the other team members. Putting what I have learnt to good use gives me contentment as an engineer in the making. Joining CityU iGEM team was a groundbreaking experience for me. It was exciting to put our innovative ideas into practical use. I have gained a whole new level of understanding about the world of biology, while gaining a lot of valuable knowledge and hands-on experience. These are things that will benefit my whole life.
Dr. Richard Kong is the Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong. His research interest is on the application of DNA-based technologies to develop novel risk assessment and bioremediation tools to address problems related to diverse aspects of pollution in the marine environment. He plays a major role in coordinating the iGEM Team, providing the necessary guidance, training and support to all the iGEMers.
Dr. Chiu is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. He is interesting in teaching students especially on technical skills in biomedical research. Therefore, I enjoy very much in participating in the iGEM competition by sharing my research experience and skills. His research focuses on the roles of transcription factor AP-4 during development and in metastasis of cancers.
Dr. Lau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the RNA biogenesis in infectious diseases, in particular those pathogens found in Hong Kong. He enjoys talking and asking questions about science. His role in iGEM team is to coordinate and provide support to the students.
Hi!I am a fresh graduate from City University of Hong Kong Applied Biology program. Currently as a research assistant in Dr Richard Kong’s lab. My duty is to ensure the iGEMers can get all the necessities for their experiments and to give technical support when they encounter difficulty. It is awesome to work with all the iGEMers and I really enjoy every minute with the team. I hope my limited experience in biology research can help the team and make things a little bit easier.
Molecular biologists are gift takers. Nature, through millions of years of evolution, has given us the best gift --- countless combinations and varieties of genes. We, the ambitious scientists, are trying to make even more out of it - putting together ingenious pieces to help our species live better, if not the whole world’s ecosystem. Last year, I was one of the innocent teens that stepped into this playground. Today, I am a mentor of the Breaking Lac team. Position changed, passion stays.
Ciao a tutti! I’m Maria. Last year, I was a student member of the 2014 CityU_HK iGEM team. iGEM offers me a lot of chances to open my eyes. This year I’m glad to keep living in the iGEM spirit as a mentor of the Breaking Lac team. I love to explore innovative stuff and to apply science concepts to improve human lives. Since building the wiki for my iGEM team last year, I have fallen in love with programming. I believe integrating programming and biology can create fascinating innovations.
I am the assistant of the CityU iGEM this year. I am glad that I can become part of the team. While helping them, I was surprised by their insistence and creativity, despite having no prior knowledge of synthetic biology. Even though there were many difficulties, they tried their best to solve the problems they encountered. I believe CityU iGEM would be an unforgettable lesson and memory for them this year.
Natural history aficionado, freelance artist/writer, fresh graduate from the City University Applied Biology program and currently working as a research assistant. I help conduct the longitudinal study on the Discovery-enriched Curriculum currently being implemented in the university. I took part in proofreading and editing of the CityU iGEM Wiki.