Florida State University
International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM)

Florida State University's International Genetically Engineered Machines (FSU iGEM) Team provides students from all majors and all levels with a world-class experience in STEAM education, teamwork, and sharing.


The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition is the premiere student competition in Synthetic Biology. Since 2004, participants of the competition have experienced education, teamwork, sharing, and more in a unique competition setting. iGEM is also much more than a competition; the community has a long history of involving students and the public in the development of the new field of synthetic biology.

The mission of FSU iGEM is to provide students a world class experience focused on:

  • Inclusive excellence in empathy, curiosity, and ingenuity
  • Project-based exposure to biological science and engineering
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Mathematics) education
  • Developing and maintaining excellent multidisciplinary teams

iGEM teams spend the summer addressing a need and/or solving a problem using Synthetic Biology. You can review the 2016 projects by clicking on the link. The projects are then presented at the iGEM Giant Jamboree. Click on the link to learn about the 2016 Giant Jamboree. Watch the video to see highlights from the event.

iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree Wrap Video from iGEM Headquarters on Vimeo.

The iGEM experience provides lifelong memories and nurtures leadership skills that are useful for professional and personal challenges throughout life. Click on the tabs to learn more about the timeline of the competition, and the advisors that are available for helping with the success of the FSU iGEM Team.


December 8
5:00 - 7:00 PM
COM Research Building
Classroom 1303

FSU iGEM Mixer I

January 19
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House
4th floor, Great Hall
January 26
iGEM Headquarters
Release of the iGEM 2017 Website
February 2
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House
3rd Floor, Classroom 3008
iGEM Projects Workshop
February 9
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House
3rd Floor, Classroom 3009
Effective Pitches Workshop
Presenter: Ron Frazier
March 2
5:00 - 7:00 PM
COM Research Building
Classroom 1302

Project Ideas Workshop
Facilitators: Cesar Rodriguez and Emily Pritchard

April 1
1:00 - 3:00 PM
AME Building
Seminar Room 106

Project Pitches
Facilitators: Cesar Rodriguez and Emily Pritchard

May 20
4:00 PM
Fraziers' House

FSU iGEM Kickoff Party
Hosts: Ron and Janie Frazier

May Design Thinking Workshop
November 9 - 13
Boston, MA
iGEM Giant Jamboree

The FSU iGEM Advisors are experts available for assisting the FSU iGEM Team in identifying challenging needs/problems and pursuing innovative solutions.


Expertise Name
Biomedical Engineering Emily Pritchard, Ph.D.
Samuel Grant, Ph.D.
Cell Engineering Cesar A. Rodriguez, M.D.
Computer Science Robert Van Engelen, Ph.D.
Design Thinking Ken Baldauf, M.S.
Entrepreneurship Gustav Ray, M.S.
Ron Frazier, M.B.A.
Fundraising Jesse Torres
Microfluidic Systems Michael Roper, Ph.D.
Molecular Cell Biology Jonathan Dennis, Ph.D.
Neurophysiology James Olcese, Ph.D.
Protein Chemistry and Engineering Michael Blaber, Ph.D.
Stem Cells Cathy Levenson, Ph.D.