The Harvard iGEM team

The Harvard iGEM team is one of the most unique summer research experiences you will find at Harvard. It is the closest thing to doing real research, other than graduate school, as you will have to design your own project, build your organism, and characterize the system. Then, you will have to write up your project in an online "wiki" that details your experimental designs, data, and conclusions. 

You should apply to the team if:

  • You are interested in synthetic biology or the idea of using biology to create things

  • You like working with other people, and the idea of working one-on-one with a grad student or by yourself in the lab for two months sounds daunting and lonely.

  • You're looking to challenge yourself and learn how to think like a scientist. 

We are looking for creative, interesting, and dynamic people who want to make something cool. In past years team members have come from different fields, including computer science, chemistry, and VES (visual arts). The most successful teams pool their knowledge backgrounds to create a well rounded and interdisciplinary project. 

If you're interested, please have a look at past team's wiki websites (found under previous teams). Also feel free to reach out to the board and past team members at The 2019 application and more information will be available during the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. 


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