I am an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Manhattan College. I have a passion for biological chemistry with a particular interest in chromatin dynamics. Throughout my entire scientific career I have been fascinated by the use of genetic engineering to study proteins and biological pathways, but even more so by the fact that we can redesign entire pathways to create useful biological machines. The iGEM competition encompasses everything I love about science and I am using that platform as a way to introduce students to the exciting field of synthetic biology. I have recruited engineers, biology and biochemistry students in an attempt to have them learn about how their specific disciplines can overlap and how we can use concepts in engineering to create living circuits in biology.