Rapid advances in synthetic and systems biology, metabolic and enzyme engineering and nanotechnology are having profound impacts on biotechnology and related engineering fields. To stimulate and nurture students’ interest in science and engineering and prepare them to be future leaders in these emerging fields, the Duke Undergraduate International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Team was founded. iGEM works to advance the state of synthetic biology both in and out of the lab.
The Duke iGEM team is led by faculty members Nicolas Buchler, Charles Gersbach and Michael Lynch. Student team members have varied backgrounds in biomedical engineering, biology, computer science and public policy studies. Their goal is to identify a particular challenge in such areas as health, sustainability or bioenergy, then apply advanced synthetic biology and metabolic engineering methodologies to create a solution.
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