Florida State University's International Genetically Engineered Machine (FSU iGEM) program provides students from all majors an undergraduate research experience focused on innovation and team-based science and engineering.

Recruitment for the 2024 team has closed.

Problem Identification Workshops will resume in September 2024.


The International Genetically Engineered Machine (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 has a long history of involving students and the public in the development of the 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
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Mathematics (STEAM) education
  • Project-based exposure to biological science and engineering
  • 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 201720182019and 2020 FSU iGEM projects by clicking on the links. The projects are presented at the iGEM Giant Jamboree. Click on the link to learn about the 2022 Grand Jamboree and watch the video to see highlights from previous Jamborees. Click here to see the 2020 presentation videos.

The FSU iGEM team will begin recruitment for the 2025 team in September 2024.If you have any questions about the program, please email Dave Montez at dmontez@fsu.edu. For more information online, visit our webpage at the College of Medicine, https://med.fsu.edu/igem/home.