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2008 Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team

Welcome to the 2008 VGEM Team's OpenWetWare wiki. This wiki contains the internal workings of our team, including our online lab notebook, project designs and other useful information. The VGEM Team is an undergraduate research group interested in synthetic biology and biological engineering, and will compete in MIT's 2008 international Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) in November. Check on our official iGEM wiki for our final project description and our external website for more information about the team.


The VGEM Team was made possible by the generous support from the following groups at the University of Virginia:
The Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biology, and Microbiology
The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the The Virginia Engineering Foundation
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
The School of Medicine

We would like to acknowledge and thank our 2008 corporate sponsor(s):
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Our group is an interdisciplinary conglomeration that includes researchers from The School of Engineering and Applied Science, The College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine.

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Undergraduate Team

Graduate Mentor

  • Brianne Ray, Microbiology

Lab Specialist

  • Kay Christopher, Biology

Faculty Advisors

Financial Administrator

Additional Contact Information


A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible.

- Freeman Dyson

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Reviews and Perspectives


Current Research