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Welcome to the Stanford team Wiki for iGEM 2009

  • Stanford iGEM is a student-run, faculty-directed research group at Stanford University. The objective of our interdisciplinary group is to design and build novel engineered biological systems using standardized DNA-based parts to submit to the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition, held annually at MIT.
  • We will be competing for the first time in 2009. Last year, over 750 undergraduate students from over 50 research universities participated. For more information on this year's iGEM competition, visit http://2008.igem.org.
  • Our research draws from the principles of Synthetic Biology, an emerging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary area that involves the design and construction of biological systems.

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Interested in learning more about iGEM 2009?

For more info on this year's iGEM please see 2008.igem.org.

Many more valuable links and helpful tidbits are available at the iGEM Resources page

What is Synthetic Biology?

"Over the past 50 years, several pivotal advances have transformed the life sciences, including the discovery of the structure of DNA, the deciphering of the genetic code, the development of recombinant DNA technology, and the mapping of the human genome. Synthetic biology is another transformative innovation that will make it possible to build living machines from off-the-shelf chemical ingredients, employing many of the same strategies that electrical engineers use to make computer chips. Drawing upon a set of powerful techniques for the automated synthesis of DNA molecules and their assembly into genes and microbial genomes, synthetic biology envisions the redesign of natural biological systems for greater efficiency, as well as the construction of functional “genetic circuits” and metabolic pathways for practical purposes.

Among the potential applications of this new field is the creation of bioengineered microorganisms (and possibly other life forms) that can produce pharmaceuticals, detect toxic chemicals, break down pollutants, repair defective genes, destroy cancer cells, and generate hydrogen for the post-petroleum economy. Although synthetic biology is chiefly an engineering discipline, the ability to design and construct simplified biological systems offers life scientists a useful way to test their understanding of the complex functional networks of genes and biomolecules that mediate life processes."

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Calendar of Events

Want to join the iGEM team?

The application for 2008-2009 is now available!!! Access it here: IGEM APPLICATION 2008-2009 The deadline will be December 1, 2009.

If you are a graduate student, please contact Ariane Tom or Nghi Nguyen at igem.stanford@gmail.com for more information.

Want to help out the iGEM team?

Please send an email to igem.stanford@gmail.com


  • December 1-Applications due
  • sometime winter break-team announced
  • Winter Quarter: enroll in Introduction to Synthetic Biology
  • Spring Quarter: enroll in Synthetic Biology: DNA 2.0 and optional laboratory class
  • April 10 - UROP funding deadline
  • April 18 - iGEM registration opens
  • May 3 - Teachers Workshop, MIT, USA
  • May 9 - Registration closes
  • June 22 - Summer term, lab work begins
  • June 15 - Team rosters due
  • July 1 - Registration fee due
  • August 1 - Team project descriptions due
  • August 31 - Summer term ends
  • September 1 - Final team roster due
  • October 1 - Jamboree attendance fees due
  • October 15 - Project Summary form due
  • October 29 - Project and part documentation due
  • October 29 - BioBrick Part DNA received by the Registry
  • November 8-9 - iGEM competition Jamboree, MIT, USA

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Meeting Logistics

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The Stanford iGEM team will consist of 6-12 undergraduate students, and will also include graduate student mentors and faculty advisors. Students will work full time throughout the summer of 2009 to engineer a synthetic biological system, and will present their project in the form of posters and a 20 minute presentation at the Jamboree.

Commitment to iGEM is year-round, as iGEM team members will be responsible for recruiting other student participants and faculty advisors, directing fundraising and promotion of the team, and researching the principles of Synthetic Biology to develop possible project ideas.


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