UC Berkeley iGEM Synthetic Biology Research Program
The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition is an undergraduate biotechnology "Olympics" and the pre-eminent international event for synthetic biology. iGEM challenges teams of students from universities around the world to design and implement a synthetic biology project over the summer and present their results in juried competition in the fall.
UC Berkeley's summer iGEM program immerses 5-7 talented and motivated undergraduates in a dense hands-on research experience. iGEM is an unparalleled opportunity to experience graduate-level research from project conception to implementation and presentation in an international arena. The program increases participants' competitiveness as candidates for admission to prestigious graduate institutions. Berkeley has sponsored an iGEM team since the iGEM competition began in 2005. The Berkeley team has consistently been recognized as one of the foremost iGEM teams in the world, receiving major awards at the Jamboree each year. Team members receive a stipend and travel/registration to attend the Regional Jamboree and, if the team is advanced, they will also have their expenses paid to attend the World Championship Jamboree at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The application period for the 2013 UC Berkley iGEM team is now closed. The application deadline for the 2014 UC Berkeley iGEM team will be January 30, 2014. The application link will be posted to this website in early December 2013.
Team members must be enrolled in undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. The Berkeley iGEM team welcomes students from a wide range of disciplines, including:
- chemical engineering
- chemical biology
- molecular and cell biology
- integrative biology
- computational biology
- electrical engineering
- computer science
To learn more about UC Berkeley's past iGEM teams and projects, click below:
- 2012 UCB iGEM team
- 2011 UCB iGEM team
- 2010 UCB iGEM team
- 2009 UCB Experimental team; 2009 UCB Computational team
- 2008 UCB Experimental team; 2008 UCB Computational team
- 2007 UCB iGEM team
- 2006 UCB iGEM team