iGEM 2019

During the summer vacation 2019 a group of undergraduate students from the University of Nottingham sought to build upon the medal winning success of two previous Nottingham iGEM teams.

This year’s team designed and conducted a novel scientific research project for the prestigious and internationally renowned “iGEM competition” (international Genetically Engineered Machine).

The project "Notox" developed a new system that can “sniff out” when food preservation and packaging methods fail, allowing the growth of dangerous Clostridium botulinum bacteria. These bacteria can cause a type of food poisoning which may result in paralysis or even death.


Team Nottingham 2019 travelled to Boston, USA to present their work at the iGEM jamboree and can now proudly boast a Gold Medal along with nominations for ‘Best Food and Nutrition project’ and ‘Best Human Practices’.

The Team

Nottingham’s team of 10 undergraduate students was drawn from the Schools of Life Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science. 

Team leader Saniya Crouch was aided by:

  • James Abbott
  • Jacob Gausden
  • Alice Hodson
  • Millie Johnson
  • Fiona Kemm
  • Marta Marcheluk
  • Mohamed Rahman
  • Yaseen Tengur and
  • Daniel Vaughan 


The iGEM Team 2019


For the duration of their project they were embedded within BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) at Nottingham, under the overall guidance of Prof Nigel P Minton (PI) and Dr Ruth Griffin (CoI) and under the close supervision of a dedicated multidisciplinary team comprising of:

  • Louise Dynes
  • Jacque Minton
  • Dr Carmen McLeod
  • Dr Maria Zygouropolous
  • Francois Seys
  • Dr Andrew Dempster
  • Dr Thomas Millat
  • Dr Nicole Pearcy
  • Dr Rupert Norman
  • Dr Jon Humphreys and
  • Dr Terry Bilverstone

Read more about the project at igem.org.