HyDRA

We are a group of highly dedicated and motivated individuals working to combine micro and molecular biology with robotics. We, at HyDRA, are a research group working on long-term projects, with the goal of presenting and publishing our findings.

Our current project, the Hydroponics Dynamic Reduction Apparatus, or HyDRA, is working to engineer bacteria and hydroponic systems to create a better indoor, fully automated plant growth machine.

  This project has three main components:

     1. Create a fully automated, sensor wielding hydroponics system.

     2. Engineer aquatic bacteria to express plant promoting genes within that                          system.

     3. Engineer a microbial sensor to detect possible pathogens and our modified                   bacteria within the system.

We welcome collaborations with enthusiastic undergraduate students, professors, and graduate students interested in this field, and are open to feedback on our design! Please email Claire Murphy (ctmurphy@uwaterloo.ca) for any inquiries.

DNA sequence of our plasmid!
Meet the HyDRA Team!

Claire Murphy

Team Lead

Alex Chan

Laboratory

Darius Nguyen

Laboratory

Annabelle Wicentowich

Laboratory

Mehal Kushalkar

Laboratory

Michael Spinazze

Software

Amanda Johnson

 Software

Vicente Garrido

Software

Braeden MacDougall

Hardware

Anjiya Sharif

Hardware

Sofia Rizzo

Hardware