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The Uytengsu teaching lab welcome student groups from across the School of Engineering. If you are interested in working in the teaching lab, check out the reservation process or email lab management.

Student Group Mentors are available. Student group mentors are experienced folks that are selected to advise a specific group with their project. This is a generous resource the Uytengsu teaching lab offers for students. Any student group can nominate an experienced mentor that fit their project needs. For more information on this benefit, contact Jeffrey or Mong.

Current Groups

Chem-E Car

Power Team

As the Power Team Co-Leads for ChemE Car, we will build a zinc-air battery to be used to power the car. We will be performing experiments to determine the ideal composition of the battery [...] varying the amount of materials inside the battery as well as the porosity of the steel wool and the potassium hydroxide electrolyte. 


Stopping Team

Chem-E-Car is project where students construct a car that runs and stops based on chemical reactions. In the stopping team, we aim to set up and calibrate a chemical reaction to create a graph that correlates changes in measurable quantity as a function of time.

2023 Team


iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) projects involves designing, building, and testing biological systems using standard biological parts with the aim of addressing real-world challenges. Teams work on innovative projects that span synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and biotechnology to contribute to the advancement of science and technology. 

SSI AstroBio Team

We plan to simulate the Martian regolith environment in order to observe tardigrade (Hypsibius exemplaris, strain Z151) survival, reproduc8on, and behavior. We will modify pressure, humidity, temperature, and environmental chemical composition.


Research Workshop Series

We will host a series of wetlab workshops including teaching Proper Pipetting Techniques, Gibson Assemblys, E. coli Transformations, Liquid Cultures, Minipreps, Stock Solutions, Sequencing, Plasmid Purifications, PCRs, Gel Electrophoresis, and Purifications.

Biodesign NEXT


Biodesign NEXT Circardium are continuing the project we have worked on the past two quarters to prototype our concept idea in the lab. We are focusing entirely on electrical circuitry, and do not plan to work with biological or chemical materials. 

Hepatitis E Vaccine Project

Project HEV is an independent research initiative at the UTL. Here, we are working to develop the first universal, peptide-based vaccine for Hepatitis E, thought to affect nearly 30M people around the world every year.


Developing an oral chemical diagnostic for colorectal cancer; will be using the cell culture room,



We are developing a topical cream with carefully selected and engineered skin microbes that naturally live on human skin. 



We are looking to automate PCR and bacterial lysis using the Opentrons OT-2 robot. We will be identifying and profiling the different bacteria types in water samples of Lake Lag on Stanford campus. 


ToeHold Project

Developing a paper bioassay indicator for pathogenic RNA within food samples, using an RNA Toehold switch. Democratizing the ability to test food samples for pathogenic bacteria.


Rice production generates 972 million tons of agricultural residues annually, with 70% being waste rice straw. Burning over 500 million tons of this straw for field clearing significantly impacts human health and the environment due to PM2.5 emissions, a major cause of premature death globally. Our solution involves collecting and pretreating rice straw from smallholder farms and using an engineered fungal strain (A. oryzae) to convert it into high-value commercial enzymes, such as xylanase. This approach aims to reduce PM2.5 emissions by 95%, add $13/ha of value to farmers, and decrease GHG emissions, offering substantial health and economic benefits.


Our team is developing a wearable chest band called NeuroBeat, which will continuously monitor the athlete's heart rate variability (HRV) during play. Our aim is to improve concussion diagnosis and monitoring on-site, enabling a clear return to play for collegiate athletes.


Exploring the gut-brain relationship at the intersection of stem cells and microfluidic testing platforms. Treating in vitro patient samples with common medications to understand serotonin expression on a patient-specific level.

Addicera Therapeutics

Our primary goal is to engineer a cutting-edge biomedical device that will administer medication to patients in a temporally dynamic and efficient manner via transdermal delivery. 

Biodesign Students

Team LoopIn

Assessing ammonia production for E. Coli under control conditions as well as under interactions with different drug compounds.