The Cornell iGEM Team is an award-winning synthetic biology research team comprised of 30 undergraduate students. The team is comprised of five subteams: Wet Lab, Product Development, Policy and Practices, Business, and Wiki/Design. The team works throughout the school year and summer to solve local and global problems related to medical applications, environmental concerns, and human and animal health. We compete against 300+ multidisciplinary teams from all around the world at the iGEM Giant Jamboree, hosted annually by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation.
Check out the Cornell iGEM Team, 2017 winner of Gold and Best Supporting Entrepreneurship against 310 other international university teams!
Novel drug delivery system and probiotic treatment for Bacterial Coldwater Disease and app for monitoring nutrient content in fish hatcheriesAchievements
The wet lab subteam integrates myriad ideas and subjects them to rigorous testing and analysis. Using the most advanced techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry, we design novel experiments to purify our therapeutics, to assess their efficacy, and to test their stability. We are committed to making contributions to synthetic biology through the heterologous expression and the characterization of proteins that remain poorly understood.
The business subteam has two primary roles within Cornell iGEM. First, we establish partnerships and sponsorship with many outside organizations to ensure that the project is financially viable. Second, each year we evaluate the marketability of our project and consider applications of our project to improve existing industry. Our coordination with sponsors and development of business models for Cornell iGEM positions us as the fiscal backbone of the team, helping to bring the team’s project ideas to reality.
The product development subteam is an end-to-end product development team that is user centered and engineering focused, with the end goal of bringing Cornell iGEM's biological engineering technology to the real world. We apply design thinking and various engineering disciplines to explore user needs, generate a problem statement, design and prototype a solution to the problem, and create product specifications and prepare for manufacture.
The Policy and Practices subteam contextualizes Cornell iGEM's genetic engineering projects and examines its impact through community engagement and collaborations. The subteam coordinates outreach events such as youth mentorship programs, forums, and expos. Policy and Practices also analyzes policies, and connects those who are familiar and unfamiliar to our project. Through interviews with field experts and interactions with the public, we are reminded that the people we meet always have stories to tell. We aim to share our story with them, too.
Our team is made of students from every year, every college, and every major. From gene-splicing in wet lab to pursuing business endeavors to organizing outreach events, bright passionate students make this team thrive.
We recruit in both fall and spring. Below is the breakdown of what a year on Cornell iGEM looks like:
We are not recruiting at this time. We will start recruiting for the spring in December so be sure to check the website again for updates.
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