MBS Students Present Biotechnology Poster Session to Industry Judges

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On Thursday, April 28th, students from the MBS NextGen Biotechnology and Genomics class gathered in the foyer of Foran Hall to present posters on the technology they had been researching all semester. During the first month of the class, students enrolled in the course were instructed to choose an up-and-coming technology in the field of biotech or genomics and identify its potential applications. Over the course of the semester, they researched the technology in depth and gave a series of presentations on their topic. The course instructors, Dr. Lawton and Dr. Meers, provided feedback along the way. Several professionals from the industry and academic sectors attended the presentations to judge the students’ abilities to defend their posters.

Topics ranged from organs-on-a-chip, disposable platforms that mimic the 3D environment of an organ, to synthetic prebiotics, bacteria that can be manipulated to carry synthetic genes to an individual’s gut. The overall goal of the project was to show how biotechnology and genomics might be applied to problems in human health, agriculture, microbiology, diagnostics, sustainability, and the environment. Students were instructed to choose their technology based on viability and to highlight any potential barriers to its application. 

The student posters were reviewed by a number of judges that consisted of faculty members and several representatives from the biotechnology industry. At the end of the evening, prizes were awarded to the winning groups: brain on a chip and gene-encoded sensors for metabolomics.