The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation focuses on the advancement of synthetic biology and development of open collaboration. Student teams use standard biological parts as a basis for designing novel cellular systems to fulfill unmet needs in society. iGEM projects culminate in submission of genetic vectors to the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, design of a website, engagement in community outreach, and presentation of findings to the nation’s largest annual synthetic biology conference. Read more here!
We are the University of Pittsburgh’s first iGEM team and we are developing a platform technology with novel applications in biologic research and in skincare products. Our technology will allow us to engineer the skin bacterium responsible for acne, Propionibacterium acnes, to create acne treatments, facial cleansers, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Read more here!