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BIT students made acdemic exchange in MIT

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Translator: Iyayi Emmanuel Prosper (Nigeria)
Editor: News Center of BIT  Zhao Lin


 
    BIT iGEM Delegation (BIT-China) with students of Life College as their main body under the leadership of Prof. Li Chun went to Boston to participate in the "2014 International Centre for Genetic Engineering Machine Design competition" that was held between 29th October 2014 and 4th November 2014 emerging eventually with the gold medal. At the invitation of Professor Anthony J. Sinskey the world's leading Industrial Microbiologist Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; all members of the BIT-China team between November 5th and November 7th together with Prof. Sinskey Task Force and its partner companies shall carry out academic exchanges.

    The MIT Campus looked exceptionally beautiful in the golden autumn. BIT-China team came to Professor Sinskey Research group, Department of Biology, under the guidance of Assistant Researcher Dr. Jens Plassmeier visited the laboratory. During the visit, Dr. Plassmeier introduced all types of research facilities to the students and patiently answered questions that were raised. Under the guidance of Dr. Peng Jiao Technical Director, CONAGEN a partner company the Research & Development base was visited, the Bio-Tech company's pioneering model was impressive. After the visit, the two sides conducted in-depth academic interaction. First, Dr. Jens Plassmeier representing Prof. Sinskey MIT research team presented their work on Metabolic Engineering in recent years, Bio-energy, Bio-high-flux screening and Biological Research in the field of micro-reactor conditions.
 

 
    Afterwards Cao MingMing, Wan Zhong and Li ChenYi of the BIT-China delegation with other licensed students carried out a detailed introduction of the competition result "E.co-lock" from different points of view. The aim of "E.co-lock" is: to protect outstanding bacteria and to make technological innovation safer. It is widely known as an outstanding microbial strain that is a scientific and economic production valuable resource. However, theft and loss of species could cost scientists and entrepreneurs years or even life-long labors to be lost irrevocably. For this reason, BIT-China team designed a genetic code to protect valuable Engineering Bacteria. This genetic lock consists of three parts, the first part is a multi-logical A.N.D gate, through ligand and protein binding partner linkage, the opening of the next password is launched. The second part is the sRNA Regulatory system designed to inhibit ligand or switch sRNA chaperone protein expression in order to achieve a password. The third part is the cell division regulation system, the number of cells are subject to human intervention. The genetic lock is opened only after the entire procedure matches the established genetic code. This way the normal use of engineering strains is ensured.
 

 
    Finally, Professor Li Chun was also invited to make an academic report on "Intelligent Microbial Heat Regulating Engine for Improving the Thermo-robustness and Efficiency of Bioconversion". The results of the project can be significantly enhanced heat resistant microbial cells, improve the biological conversion efficiency, thereby reducing energy consumption and production costs of the fermentation process. On the basis of in-depth exchanges, the two sides reached a cooperation. At the end of the academic exchange activities, the students posed for pictures at the Department of Biology as a memento.
 

 
    At the end, based on the MIT exchange, by November 9 - November 15, in response to the invitation by Professors from Iowa State University (ISU), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the Georgia Institute of invitation Technology (Georgia Tech), Professor Li Chun will pay a visit to the Departments of Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering of the three aforementioned universities and present academic reports. During this period he will join ISU National Bio-Renewable Chemical Engineering Research Center Professor Zenyyi Zhao, Professor Laura Jarboe, Professor Marna Nelson and Professor Zhiyou Wen together with Professor Huimin Zhao and Ting Lu of the Department of Bioengineering and UIUC to carry out separate academic exchanges. With the assistance of local Foreign Chinese University Students Federation, Professor Li Chun conducted a high-level overseas talent recruitment propaganda activity for Beijing Institute of Technology in the three universities.

    In addition, the BIT students in the United States conducted academic interaction and competitions, and constantly improve the high-level universities and overseas exchange mechanism, strengthen communication and networking, with a more broad-minded, more open awareness and promote a common progress.

    Students who participated in the exchange activity: Li ChenYi, Cao MingMing, Wan Zhong, Bai Wenxin, Li JinLin, Lu ZongZhi, Gao Nan, Yang JiaHai, Xu Ke, Xiao Bing and Sun Huan and other 11 students.


 
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