iGEM Team 2015-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

iGEM Team 2015

The iGEM team is a team of undergraduates interested in synthetic biology. The team will conceive and complete a project and participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition at the World Jamboree in Boston from September 24-28, 2015. We are looking for undergraduates in biology, engineering, computational biology, business and art.

This is a competition where every project is an invention! The interdisciplinary team will identify a problem and a need, design and build a prototype from standard biological parts (this is Synthetic Biology), and then share their project with the community.  The core values of effort, accomplishment, respect, cooperation and especially scientific integrity and truth are promoted and achievements are celebrated at the World Jamboree.

This spring the team will be formed and the team will decide on the topic and scope of the project and begin collecting background and safety information and components from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Students work full-time in the summer to create their project and the Jamboree is in the fall. Visit the iGEM website for deadlines. Students receive a stipend for the summer and academic credit for the fall.

The project of interest is designed, planned and managed by the team members with advisors serving to provide guidance.  In the lab, the parts are cloned, combined, tested, documented and submitted to the Registry. Models of the system or device are developed and validated with lab results. Human Practices are designed to communicate the synthetic biology project. Skills are developed for communication of projects using wikis, posters and oral presentations.

There will be info sessions on Tuesday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 28 in the UC Dowd Room. Refreshments will be available at 4:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 5 p.m.

Applications consist of the student’s resume and a one page description of why they are interested in iGEM and how they would contribute to the team. These items are to be sent to Dr. Cheryl Telmer (ctelmer@cmu.edu) by February 2, 2015.


Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.
Office: MI 749

Diana Marculescu, Ph.D.
Office: 2124 Hamerschlag Hall

Natasa Miskov-Zivanov, Ph.D.

Cheryl Telmer, Ph.D.
Lab: MI755