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As a research team, our goals are two fold: to mobilize the crispr/cas bacterial immune system on a plasmid, and subsequently utilize this system as an intelligent gene targeting method capable of eliminating antibiotic resistance.
Georgia Tech iGEM 2011

Who we are

Dr. Eric Gaucher Dr. Eric Gaucher exploits a multidisciplinary approach towards research to generate an 'evolutionary synthetic biology'. This combination of molecular evolution and biomedicine provides a better understanding of basic molecular processes while simultaneously generating biomolecules useful for industrial and therapeutic purposes. Dr. Gaucher received his Ph.D. in 2001 and then worked for NASA until 2003 studying the Origins and Evolution of Early Life. He was then Researcher/President of a non-profit research organization until 2008 at which time he accepted an Associate Professor position at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Brian Hammer Dr. Brian Hammer is a molecular microbiologist interested a process of chemical communication called Quorum Sensing, which bacteria use to orchestrate group behavior. He received his MS in aquatic ecology from the University of Michigan in 1995 and his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2001. He was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist at Princeton University from 2001-2008. Dr. Hammer joined Georgia Tech in 2008 where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Biology. Dr. Hammer is funded by two programs at the NSF: the Division of the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB); and the Network Science and Engineering (NetSE) program.

Many of his lab members study the aquatic pathogen Vibrio cholerae, with a focus on the molecular mechanisms that permit this bacterium to convert extracellular chemical signals into changes in the expression of genes important in marine systems and the human host. In addition, other members of the Hammer lab are developing synthetic quorum sensing systems to model, simulate, and experimentally validate the fundamental limits and protocols for molecular communication. This work is in collaboration with several professors in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Mark Styczynski Dr. Mark Styczynski uses experimental and computational techniques to study the connections between the different layers of regulation in cells and the cells' ultimate phenotypic outcomes. Of most interest to his lab are metabolites, the small molecule building blocks necessary for all cellular functions both as source materials and as cues that prompt regulation and other cellular responses. He studies metabolism in a variety of systems ranging from yeast to human cancer cell lines. Dr. Styczynski received his PhD from MIT in 2007, was a postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute from 2007 to 2009, and joined the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2009 as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Joshua S. Weitz Dr. Joshua Weitz is a quantitative biologist interested in the structure and dynamics of complex biological systems. He received his PhD in Physics from MIT in 2003 and was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University from 2003-2006. Dr. Weitz joined Georgia Tech in 2007 where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology with courtesy appointments in Physics and Bioengineering. Dr. Weitz is the recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface and is funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, NSF, and DARPA. His research group includes ecologists, mathematicians, physicists and bioinformaticians working on four major research themes: (i) viral dynamics at the molecular, population and evolutionary scales; (ii) quantitative systems biology and bioinformatics; (iii) structure and function of vascular networks; (iv) theoretical ecology and epidemiology. The work in the Weitz group is primarily theoretical in nature, and utilizes the tools of nonlinear dynamics, stochastic processes, and large-scale data analysis to interact with experimentalists. Examples of recent and ongoing projects include studies of collective decision making in bacterial viruses, robustness and fragility of gene regulatory networks to copy number variation, unsupervised approaches to binning short environmental sequence fragments, network phenotyping and classification of root system architecture, and a Hierarchical Bayesian analysis of allometric scaling models in biology. .
Student Members
Mitesh Agrawal
Calvin Goveia
Kettner Griswold Jr.
Hannah Keith
Priya Kurani
Paul Sebexen

What we did

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