Emily Hicks – Founder
Emily Hicks, born and raised in Calgary, has been heavily involved in the iGEM competition since the beginning of her undergraduate degree. First recruited as a team member in 2009, Emily became passionate about synthetic biology and has been involved in the Calgary iGEM team ever since, acting as a student team leader for the past two years. During this time, the team won many awards both at iGEM and beyond including Best Environmental project, Best Human Practices project, and 1st runner up in the Western Americas. Outside of iGEM, Emily has been the recipient of various awards and scholarships including top presenter in both the Western Canadian and Americas finals of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Present Around the World competition and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s Dr. Norman Wagner Award for excellence. Emily has been heavily involved in research throughout her undergraduate degree, working in many labs at the University of Calgary as well as at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Recently completing her Bachelors of Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, Emily wishes to continue on in synthetic biology. She is in the process of founding FRED with several former iGEM students. A start-up company stemming from the iGEM competition, FRED focuses on detecting various toxins found in water samples within the oil sands industry.