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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 2023 team worked on developing NiSkin, a topical treatment for cellulitis infections. Check out the current team's wiki to learn more!


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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?

Learn More and Apply!

Current Team and Project

10 students spent their Summer and Fall semesters developing NiSkin, a topical cream that treats cellulitis by using TD-1, a skin penetrating peptide, to transport nisin, an antimicrobial peptide, to the dermis layer of the skin.

Learn more about the team

Past Teams and Projects

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

Meet the iGEM Family