FREDsense Remastered: An In-Depth Case Study

So back in 2012, little baby Patrick was part of an immensely successful iGEM team. We were hoping to engineer bacteria that could detect and remediate toxins in oil sands tailings ponds. The following year, six members of that team […]

How to start a company during a pandemic

This article was originally written for Genome Alberta’s Genomics Blog. The pandemic has put significant pressure on many small businesses and startups around the world. But for a group of student entrepreneurs, COVID-19 has actually opened up a lot of […]

Designing therapeutics for the coronavirus on all fronts

This article was originally written for Genome Alberta’s Genomics Blog. As we enter the fourth month of physical distancing in Alberta, I’m sure many of us are eagerly waiting for the day that the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end. […]

How Alberta’s iGEM Students are Persevering through COVID-19

This article was originally written for Genome Alberta’s Genomics Blog. Normally at this point in the year, students around the world would be hard at work in the lab, getting ready for the iGEM competition. Teams competing at this synthetic […]

Four Alberta teams gathered for a photo at the 2019 aGEM competition.

Alberta Teams Off to Boston for iGEM 2019

Ah, iGEM season. My favourite time of year. As I sit here in the airport waiting for my flight to board, I feel like I should take some time to share with you all what Alberta’s students have been up […]

5 Entry Points to Calgary’s Life Science Community

A while back, I was chatting with somebody in Calgary who was trying to build software to detect heart attacks. The thing is, they don’t come from a health background: they’re trained as a software engineer. I spent some time […]

Growing Innovation in Alberta

With a little love and care, a rainforest can grow in Alberta. Okay, not literally. The rainforest is a metaphor for messy, vibrant, uncontrollable ecosystems that are always growing. They change in unpredictable ways and are always evolving and adapting, […]

Alberta’s Achievements at iGEM

Well, another year of iGEM is officially over. I was fortunate enough to see the Alberta teams do their final presentations over the five-day competition. It’s incredible to see how much they’ve improved since the aGEM competition just last month. […]

iGEM Calgary 2018

Towards Safer Gene Therapy with Calgary Undergrads

Genetic engineering isn’t easy. Sure, modern synbio techniques are easier than techniques of yore, but there are still a lot of challenges that researchers face. Take gene therapy and precision medicine, for example. Very hot topics, because you can customize […]