University of Calgary

University of Calgary

November 01, 2011 12:55 ET

University of Calgary: Students to compete at MIT with biosensor to help detoxify tailings ponds

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) - A group of undergraduate students at the University of Calgary will compete this weekend in the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) World Championship Jamboree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Eleven students from the Faculties of Medicine, Science and the Schulich School of Engineering created a biosensor that uses genetically modified bacteria to detect levels of naphthenic acids (NAs), which are environmental toxins found in oil sands tailings ponds.

Media are invited to visit the lab where the students spent months growing the bacteria and experimenting with ways to enable it to detect NAs.

WHAT Media availability with University of Calgary iGEM team
WHEN Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10:30 a.m. – Laboratory demo
10:45 a.m. – Interviews
WHERE Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Hospital site, 3330 Hospital Dr. NW
Meet at the Information Desk in the lobby across from Parking Lot 6
Map: www.ucalgary.ca/dnalab/contact_us/directions
INTERVIEWS iGEM team members
Faculty advisor Lisa Gieg, Petroleum Microbiology Research Group

Contact Information

  • University of Calgary
    Schulich School of Engineering
    Jennifer Sowa
    Media Relations Officer
    Mobile: 403.993.8679
    jsowa@ucalgary.ca