Who we are and what we do
Harvard College iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) seeks to establish a community of creative synthetic biologists from a variety of disciplines and value earnest curiosity, courtesy, and contribution among our board and club members. We offer academic and social opportunities to understand research, conduct experiments, explore careers, and communicate ideas.
On campus, we have our very own wet-lab space in the Pierce basement. Interested students may comp the club to gain access to the lab. Members may then submit grant proposals to the board for their own synbio projects, or join another member's project. The lab also serves as an educational experience and we encourage those who wish to have more hands-on experience to join the the club.
For those would like to have a more intense experience outside the busy academic year, Harvard iGEM organizes the iGEM BioDesign Bootcamp. The bootcamp is a one-week immersive experience over Wintersession for undergraduates interested in the field of synthetic biology. Participants will gain both theory and hands-on lab experience. The Bootcamp also acts as a recruitment tool for our team, and we highly suggest undergraduates (especially freshmen) interested in the team to apply to the bootcamp in the fall.
The club also hosts events such as field trips to local synbio startups and speakers who are at the cutting edge of the field. These events are open to the general members of the Harvard and Cambridge community, with priority given to active club members.
Regarding competitive team: iGEM is an international competition in the field of synthetic biology. Teams from around the world do research over the summer and meet at the Giant Jamboree, the largest synbio conference in the world, to present their research. The Harvard College iGEM club manages and selects the Harvard team for the iGEM competition, but also has a growing presence on campus.