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 synthetic biology.


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
  • Leading the conversation on the opportunities and impact of synthetic biology at FSU and beyond
  • Having fun

iGEM teams spend the summer addressing a need and/or solving a problem using synthetic biology. You can review the 2017 FSU iGEM project and other 2017 projects by clicking on the links. The projects are presented at the iGEM Giant Jamboree. Click on the link to learn about the 2018 Giant Jamboree. Watch the video to see highlights from 2017. Click here to view photos from prior iGEM Jamborees.

iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree Wrap Video-HD 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 events, and the advisors that are available for helping with the success of the FSU iGEM Team.


January 25
5:00 - 7:00 PM
FSU iGEM Encore Presentation
Innovation Hub
March 1
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Needs and Problems Workshop I
Innovation Hub
March 8
5:00 - 6:00 PM
FSU iGEM Mixer
Innovation Hub
March 29
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Needs and Problems Workshop II
Innovation Hub
April 12
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Needs and Problems Workshop III
Innovation Hub
April 19
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Needs and Problems Workshop IV
Innovation Hub
April 26
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Needs and Problems Workshop V
Innovation Hub
May 17
5:00 - 7:00 PM
FSU iGEM Workshop
Innovation Hub

FSU iGEM Kickoff Social
Fraziers' House

May Design Thinking Workshop
October 25 - 28 iGEM Giant Jamboree
Boston, MA

The FSU iGEM Advisors are experts available for assisting the FSU iGEM Team in identifying challenging problems, needs, and questions then 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.