Ashesi student research team earns silver medal at synthetic biology competition in Paris

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A Bioengineering student team from Ashesi University has won Silver at the 2022 International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation (iGEM) competition in Paris, France. Building on previous iGEM team research at Ashesi, the 2022 team designed a biosensor that can detect the presence of gold in land and make prospecting more efficient. By doing so, the project broadly sought to reduce cost, land degradation and the loss of lives during the gold mining process. Along with the silver medal, the team also won the Impact Grant and Biosecurity Grant from iGEM.

The Ashesi team comprised Ashesi students Michael Boateng ’22, Trish Maduche ’22, Rosemond Tawiah ’22, Edith Boakye ’23, Vera Bordah ’22, Gideon Bonsu ’23, Elijah Boateng ’23, Leeroy Magora ’25; and visiting students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Sandra Acquah and Betty Essien. The Ashesi team also collaborated with colleagues from Goethe University in Germany, Exeter in the United Kingdom, and Stony Brook University in the USA.

11 Nov 2022