UGA’s International Genetically Engineered Machine, or iGEM, team won a gold medal and was runner-up for the best measurement project award at the 2015 iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston.
iGEM is an annual international collegiate synthetic biology competition, which originated from MIT. The 2015 event included 280 iGEM teams and more than 2,700 attendees from across the globe. The competition seeks to promote synthetic biology research awareness and collaborations to develop practical solutions for the real world. The teams are judged on their research novelty, impact toward real world solutions, outreach, collaborations and more.
The 2015 UGA iGEM team included 16 undergraduates from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, led by Rebecca Buchanan, who is studying biochemistry and molecular biology.