TaxolThe iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) program is the premier international student competition in synthetic biology. The CU team includes 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. The chemotherapeutic Taxol is currently extracted from the endangered Pacific yew tree and the team is currently engineering an alternative plant to produce the therapy sustainably.

In the fall of 2022, CU Boulder’s iGEM team will present their project at the conference in Europe and compete against teams from other top universities around the world. The competition has 350 teams and more than 4,000 participants per year from 46 countries. 

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.

Applications are available in the spring for next year's team and a preparatory iGEM based laboratory course (MCDB 3000) is offered in the fall and spring to prepare for the team.

If interested, please contact the iGEM faculty sponsor, Dr. Brian DeDecker.

iGEM team 2022

CU iGEM team sponsors (click on logo for link)


Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, LLP


Sheridan Ross, PCEngineeringWatchmaker Genomics