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This Week’s Discoveries | 26 April 2016

  • Leiden iGEM team
  • Amir Saedi (LION, ARCNL)
26 April 2016
This Week's Discoveries

First Lecture

Leiden iGEM team: Students colonize Mars with E. coli bacteria

Abstract: For the first time, a student team of the Faculty of Science will participate in this year's iGEM competition, which challenges teams to engineer bacteria using synthetic biology approaches. The Leiden team consists of thirteen enthusiastic students with backgrounds ranging from Biology and Life Science & Technology to Physics and Mathematics, combining all disciplines in a self-chosen project. During This Week’s Discoveries, they will discuss their plans, and thereby officially launch project ideas. 
The team will put this idea into practice by building a Genetically Engineered Machine out of self-made and pre-existing modular 'BioBricks', which can be used freely by the synthetic biology community. At the end of October, the team will present the project at the Giant Jamboree in Boston (USA). The team is supervised by dr. Dennis Claessen and prof. Han de Winde of the Institute of Biology Leiden, together with a number of enthusiastic advisors.
If you are interested in the project, or if you would like to collaborate with the team, please contact igem@science.leidenuniv.nl or follow Twitter and Facebook.

Second Lecture

Title: When vapor deforms the metal:Thermodynamics of deposition flux-dependent intrinsic film stress

Speaker: Amir Saedi (LION, ARCNL)Amir was a postdoc in the VIDI project of Marcel Rost at LION. Recently, he moved to the Nanolayers group of Joost Frenken at the Advanced Research Center for NanoLithography (ARCNL) in Amsterdam. ARCNL focuses on the fundamental physics involved in current and future key technologies in nanolithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry. The Nanolayers group investigates the fundamental physics and chemistry of surfaces, interfaces and ultrathin films that do or may play a role in present and future EUV nanolithography technology.
Amir will discuss his work at LION that was published in Nature Communications last February.