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What is Virginia iGEM?

We are a student-run research team and synthetic biology interest group. Every year, we select a new team from our pool of applicants; those applicants will participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

Team members work together to discover problems that can be solved using synthetic biology, design and engineering solutions to those problems, and implement functional prototypes of those solutions that will be presented during the iGEM Conference.

The Virginia iGEM Team consistently sees success at the international competition, which happens every Fall. This past year’s 2024 team worked on developing Bliss, a probiotic designed to treat Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. Check out the current team's wiki to learn more!

More About Us

  • Virginia iGEM will be Recruiting in the Fall Semester!

    Want to know more about Synthetic Biology? Do you find genetic engineering fascinating? Do the words 'sustainable biomanufacturing' excite you?

  • Current Team and Project

    9 students spent their Summer and Fall semesters developing BLISS, a probiotic that releases synthetic pancreatic enzymes into the human body to treat exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).

  • Past Teams and Projects

    Ever since 2007, Virginia iGEM has been giving students the opportunity to get their feet wet with synthetic biology.