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iGEM

iGEM stands for international Genetically Engineered Machine and is an organisation that promotes the use of synthetic biology to help solve real-world problems.

Since 2019 our Hiram Bingham students have been participating in the iGEM competition as part of a joint high school team with Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only high school team in South America.  As part of this co-curricular activity, the students learn and practice genetic engineering/synthetic biology and educate others regarding our project and synthetic biology in general.

You can learn more about the iGEM organisation and competition on their website and see our FDR-HBPeru iGEM team projects on our websites throughout the years:

The iGEM competition season culminates with the iGEM Grand Jamboree, a scientific conference where teams present their results, and answer questions about their project from judges and participants prior to the award ceremony.  As a team, we have been fortunate to be able to participate in the iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston (2019) and online (2020, 2021), as well as the more recent Grand Jamborees held in Paris (2022, 2023). This has been an amazing opportunity for our students as they not only present their work at an official conference but also get to meet scientists and see first-hand innovation and design in synthetic biology from other top universities and high schools around the world.