University of York
The University of York is a member of the elite Russell Group of universities and is a dynamic, research-intensive university committed to the development of life-saving discoveries and new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. The University opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then it has become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse where a clear focus on excellence has secured national and international recognition alongside longer established institutions. We would particularly like to thank Professor Brian Fulton, Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences, for the allocation of funds towards our project.
Department of Biology, University of York
One of the UK’s elite university biological sciences departments. The Research Excellence assessment (2014) has again placed Biology at York in the Top 10 in the UK and in 1st place for impact outside academia with its research having major influence on environmental policy, industry and health. In teaching, it retains a position in the top five biological sciences programmes in the UK, according to the most widely-used indicators published by The Times and The Guardian and the department scores highly for student satisfaction in the National Students Survey. We would like to thank the department for the generous financial support given towards our project, including the Giant Jamboree registration, travel and co-funding our student stipends through the joint iGEM funding scheme.
Department of Computer Science, University of York
A leading department for Computer Science in the UK, and is consistently highly ranked in UK league tables and for student satisfaction. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results ranked York's Computer Science 7th overall in the UK; 5th for impact and 6th for environment. We would like to thank the department for their financial contribution towards our project.
YuFund, University of York
YuFund, University of York, exists thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends. It gives grants to innovative and worthwhile projects run by student clubs and societies, departments and colleges. We would like to thank YuFund for their financial contribution towards our project.
Derwent College, University of York
Derwent College, University of York, was one of the first colleges to be established at the University of York in 1965. It has a proud history as a lively, social college in the heart of the Heslington campus. We would like to thank the college for their financial contribution towards our project.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
The BBSRC is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). They fund world-class bioscience research that helps to tackle major challenges such as the impact of climate change, a healthier old age , and sustainable food production, land use and energy production. We would like to thank them for co-funding our student stipends through the joint iGEM funding scheme, which was coordinated by Professor Richard Cogdell FRS (University of Glasgow) and Professor Tracy Palmer FRSE (University of Dundee).
The Wellcome Trust
A global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health by supporting bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences, and public engagement. We would like to thank them for co-funding our student stipends through the joint iGEM funding scheme.
A membership organisation for scientists who work in all areas of microbiology. It is the largest learned microbiological society in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools. We would like to thank them for co-funding our student stipends through the joint iGEM funding scheme.
The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM)
The oldest microbiology society in the UK, serving microbiologists around the world. As the voice of applied microbiology, SfAM works to advance, for the benefit of the public, the science of microbiology in its application to the environment, human and animal health, agriculture, and industry. We would like to thank them for co-funding our student stipends through the joint iGEM funding scheme.
The Society for Experimental Biology
One of five owner societies working together at Charles Darwin House to strengthen the voice of Biology and create a national hub for the subject. It aims to promote, and increase the influence of, Experimental Biology within the scientific community and society. We would like to thank them for co-funding our student stipends through the joint iGEM funding scheme.
Santander believes that the University plays a fundamental role in the knowledge society. Through its Santander Universities Division, it has collaborated with universities for 18 years, providing support for the development of academic initiatives relating to scholarships; mobility grants; research programmes; university-enterprise relations; new technologies; promotion of the Spanish language, and global projects. Santander Universities and the University of York in America (alumni and friends in the USA), have funded generous Santander International Connections Awards to members of the team. The awards were applied for through the Centre for Global Programmes, and significantly contributed towards the travel and accommodation expenses for the Giant Jamboree.
Yorkshire Water manage the collection, treatment and distribution of water in Yorkshire, supplying around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water each day. At the same time, they also collect, treat and dispose of about one billion litres of waste water safely back into the environment. They operate more than 700 water and sewage treatment works and 120 reservoirs and look after 62,000 miles of water and sewerage mains - enough pipework to circulate the earth! Yorkshire Water donated money towards our project and also gave us advice on the wastewater industry. A special thank you to Jon Brigg and Dr Amber Bullen, for their help and support with our project.
Agilent Technologies is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. The company provides laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, enabling customers to gain the insights they seek. We would particularly like to thank Dr Ben Borgo and Caroline Tsou for their help and for sending us a free SureVector kit.
Zymo Research Corporation
Zymo Research Corporation is a private company based in Irvine, California. Since 1994, it has been providing the scientific community with comprehensive nucleic acid solutions for DNA and RNA research and epigenetics. Cambridge Bioscience is proud to be the exclusive distributor for Zymo Research in the UK and Ireland. We would like to thank Phil Dobson, from Cambridge Bioscience, for sending us multiple samples of DNA Clean & Concentrator™ kits and Zymoclean™ Gel DNA Recovery kits.
New England Biolabs
New England Biolabs is a recognized world leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. They donated a BioBrick® Assembly Kit, Q5® High-Fidelity 2X Master Mix, Quick-Load® Purple 2-Log DNA Ladder and NEB 5-alpha Competent E. coli. We would particularly like to thank Dr Chris Lounds for his advice.
QIAGEN is the world’s leading provider of innovative Sample & Assay Technologies, and a key player in the molecular biology revolution. More than half a million customers throughout the world rely on the company’s products. We would like to thank Dr Rahna Ayub, for donating two QIAquick Gel Extraction Kits and for arranging a discount on QIAprep Spin Miniprep Kits.
SnapGene offers the fastest and easiest way to plan, visualize, and document molecular biology procedures. They provided us with 4-month licences, to allow us to design our own constructs. We would particularly like to thank Aline Glick and Dr Michael Scott for their help.
Integrated DNA Technologies
Integrated DNA Technologies sells short strands of DNA called oligonucleotides. It is the largest manufacturer of custom oligo products in the US today. We would like to thank them for donating 20 kb of gBlocks® Gene Fragments.
GATC Biotech is Europe’s leading service provider of DNA sequencing, with more than 10,000 academic and industrial customers worldwide. For over two decades, they have offered sequencing and bioinformatics solutions, from single samples up to large scale projects. We would like to thank Dr Andriana Gigova and Gemma Hughes, for providing us with LIGHTrunTM DNA Sequencing barcodes.