The Bioengineering Institute kick-off demonstrated the relevance of next generation sequencing, as well as the impression of our topic. The main speaker at the event was Clive Brown, Chief Technology Officer at Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT). During his presentation, he explained exactly how nanopore sequencing works, the latest advancement in their technology platform, and current drawbacks their platform is facing, as well as a path forward for ONT. Additionally, during the poster session, we had the opportunity to present our iGEM idea to scientists working at the interface of biology and engineering. Not only were we able to spark a lively discussion around our topic, but we also received valuable feedback on both our topic, gene doping, as well as the method, next generation sequencing, we have chosen.