University of Washington
UW iGEM is a multidisciplinary group of students who run a synthetic biology laboratory and conduct independent research with the help of graduate students and acclaimed University of Washington professors. Since 2007, our team has provided undergraduates with a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research and take responsibility for their own engineering projects.
Through synthetic biology, we harness the power of living systems, modifying small organisms like yeast and bacteria to perform tasks that can improve nearly every area of life, including agriculture, medicine, and the environment. Every summer, our team works with UW synthetic biologists and members of the community to design and complete a novel research project. In the autumn, we present our findings at the iGEM World Championship Jamboree, an international competition held in Boston where student scientists can share their projects and experiences with one another.
Our team has a history of excellence, bringing home first place 2011, and earning a gold medal in 2014. Some of our previous projects include optimizing enzymes to ameliorate Celiac's Disease, creating bacteria that synthesize diesel, and building biological systems to kill anthrax.