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Ohio State Students win Gold Medal at 2021 iGem Competition

Jan. 10, 2022
iGem team members (L-R Satvik Kethireddy, Yingyi Zhu, Lindsey Shimoda, Ryan Burrows, Ankit Annapareddy, Lizzie Chung)

For the second year in a row, a team of Ohio State students received a gold medal at the annual iGem Giant Jamboree. Three students majoring in food, agricultural and biological engineering (FABE), Lindsey Shimoda, Satvik Kethireddy and Yingyi Zhu, represented FABE on Lipid-A-Phighter, their submission for the 2021 competition. 

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. The iGEM Giant Jamboree is an annual event that showcases over 370 multidisciplined teams, solving local problems, all over the world. 

Shimoda, Kethireddy, Zhu and seven other Ohio State students were awarded for their work on creating an engineered phage therapy to combat sepsis, more specifically, the build-up of lipid A. 

“I’m proud of our gold rating. We worked really hard all spring and summer. It was my second year on the team which I think allowed us to spend less time brainstorming and more time pursuing our interests and factors that would strengthen our project idea,” said Shimoda

If you would like to learn more about the project, you can visit the website created by the team or jamboree results which also contains information regarding the project. You can also visit the iGem website to learn more about what they do.


by Eryn Oldham