TaxolThe iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) program is the premier student competition in synthetic biology. The CU team has included undergraduate students from both Arts & Sciences and Engineering. They learn to use molecular biology techniques to create biological systems that help solve real world problems. Research on their project is performed over the summer and fall. The team is currently engineering a biological system to synthesize the chemotherapeutic Taxol that is inefficiently extracted from the Pacific yew tree.

In the fall of 2022, CU Boulder’s iGEM team will present their project at the international jamboree in Europe and compete against teams from other top universities around the world. Last year’s competition had 300 teams and more than 4,000 participants. 

We need your support to show the world how science and engineering students at the University of Colorado are improving our world. The team is seeking donations and sponsorships to assist with project and travel costs. CU iGEM donations or contact Dr. Brian DeDecker with sponsorship inquires.

Team picture

Applications are available in the spring for next year's team and a preparatory iGEM based course is offered. If interested, please contact the iGEM faculty sponsor, Dr. Brian DeDecker.








CU iGEM team sponsors (click on logo for link)

Berg HillSheridan Ross


InscriptaLab SocietyClovis OncologyUROP


Boettcher Foundation

OpentronsBio Basic