Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team
Welcome to the Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team's home page! The VGEM Team is a student-run research group at the University of Virginia that is in its third year of competition in MIT's international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Our research is in the area of synthetic biology, an emerging engineering discipline that involves the [re]design and construction of biological systems.
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Research in 2012In progress. Visit the igem Virginia wiki for more!
Research in 2011
We took a synthetic biology approach to promote tissue regeneration at traumatic wound sites. We have devised a circuit to be incorporated in a yeast chassis that efficiently expresses two vital angiogenic proteins--vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF)--in a sequential and time-dependent manner that approximates the natural cascade of growth factor release in the human body. This microorganism can be incorporated into existing tissue engineering scaffolds for improved growth of vasculature.
Our research project has won the a silver medal in the Health and Medicine Category of the iGEM American Regional Competition
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