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UNC iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) awarded Bronze Medal at iGEM Grand Jamboree Competition


UNC's iGEM research team stands in front of the iGEM logo at a recent research event

From November 2nd to 5th, 2023, five UNC undergraduates traveled to Paris, France to attend the iGEM Grand Jamboree, the world’s largest synthetic biology competition. More than 400 international teams participated, presenting projects that addressed various challenges from climate change to cancer therapeutics. UNC iGEM showcased their project, PyoPower, which developed a self-powered sense-and-treat pyocyanin electrochemical biosensor forĀ Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. Guided by Dr. Koji Sode, the team dedicated the past year to progressing their project from ideation to presentation, conducting wet lab experiments, creating mathematical models, producing promotional videos, collaborating with regional iGEM teams, and building the wiki website. The team’s efforts were rewarded with a Bronze medal, a notable achievement for a first-year iGEM team. This recognition underscores UNC iGEM students’ dedication, innovation, and the promising future of their work in synthetic biology.

Interested in being a part of the 2024 UNC iGEM team? CompleteĀ this form to stay in the loop with updates on interest meetings and applications opening next semester. For additional information, follow the team on Instagram @unc.igem or reach out with any questions to