This year’s iGEM Peshawar team from the Institute of Integrative Biosciences, CECOS University, Peshawar and supported by the Directorate of Science and Technology, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was awarded a Silver Medal at the Award Ceremony that took place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston this Monday afternoon. iGEM Peshawar 2017 was also nominated for the Best Biosafety Award this year.
This year’s iGEM Peshawar team worked towards developing a reporter fish – a fish that can detect heavy metal contamination in fresh water and in response to it, change the color of its body. The team have designed and built the genetic (DNA) circuits needed for this function and have tested them in bacterial cells. The team believes this would have a direct impact on the livelihoods of fish farmers and the health of fish consumer across the country.
Team members who travelled to Boston and represented the IGEM Peshawar team included Muhammad Dawood, Ushma Farooq, Hassan Raza, Hassnain Qasim, Ayesha Khan and Babar Nawaz. The entire team consists of 2 girls and 10 boys from cities including Lahore, Attock, Islamabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Khyber Agency, Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar, Swabi and Mardan, making it a diverse group of young scientists from across the country.
‘I am super proud of the team who put in a lot of effort to win us a Silver this time. A lot of thanks to the Government of KP and CECOS university for the sponsorship and the all out support throughout the competition this year’ said Dr Faisal Khan, the supervisor of the team. ‘We hope our industry will join hands with us in IGEM 2018 – like all other teams here from different countries’, he added.