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News and Acheivements

Congratulations to all our new CU iGem members!

Check out our feature in the Cornell Chronicle.

Our 2015 project, fishPHARM, was a big success! We won Best Undergrad Environmental Project along with Best Applied Design and Best Supporting Entrepreneurship.

Thanks to everyone who supported our crowdfunding campaign and helped us reach 128% of our goal this year!

Our work on the standarization of genetic engineering of filamentous fungi from the 2013 project was published in ACS Synthetic Biology.

We won a gold medal at the 2014 giant jamboree! Click here to learn more about our project.

Check out our article published in Elsevier!

SnapGene featured us in their newsletter. Without contributions from sponsors such as SnapGene we wouldn't have been able achieve our goals. Thanks to all those who supported us!

Take a look at another story about us in the Cornell Daily Sun.

We recieved Best Human Practice Advance at the World Jamboree! Popular Science considered us among the 9 coolest projects at the competition!

We were featured in the Cornell chronicle. Check out the article here!

Cornell iGEM recieved a gold medal and the Best Human Practices award for the second year in a row at regionals. We're also advancing to the world championship jamboree at MIT!

A sincere thanks to all our supporters on microryza. We reached our goal of $3000!

At the World Championship Jamboree, Cornell iGEM placed in the top 16, one of only five North American universities to do so!

Cornell iGEM was a finalist at the Americas East Regional Jamboree, and won Best Human Practices and Best Wiki.

CU GEM was featured in the April issue of IDT's DECODED quarterly journal.

CU GEM won in the Manufacturing category of the iGEM 2011 competition!

About Us

The Cornell University Genetically Engineered Machines (CU GEM) team is an international award-winning biology-inspired project team based in Cornell University. Our group is completely student run and is comprised of undergraduate students drawn from various disciplines and levels of expertise across the university. The team’s mission is to design and develop a novel genetically modified platform, using the principles of synthetic biology, to compete at the world’s premier synthetic biology competition - international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM). Our vision is to create synthetic biology tools and processes that will offer breakthrough answers to the many needs of industry and the economy.

What is synthetic biology?
Synthetic biology is based on the application of systems design to complex biological processes. By applying proven concepts from more traditional engineering fields to the biological domain, we seek to create new functions using standardized and well-characterized biological parts. In the same way that a electrical engineer picks parts off a shelf to design electrical circuits, synthetic biologists are well on their way towards creating an online registry of standardized parts (the Registry of Standard Biological Parts) which they can use to design genetic circuits.