Congratulations to UVa's iGEM team for receiving a Silver Medal in the 2021 iGEM Competition, held virtually November 4-14, 2021. The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition is an annual collegiate research contest in Synthetic Biology, an area of research at the interface of biology and engineering, in which designer cells are computationally modeled and engineered to solve global problems. Thousands of students from 248 institutions competed in 2021. The Virginia iGEM team presented “Manifold," a novel biological platform to improve the metabolic engineering of bacteria. Support from the National Science Foundation and MITRE Corp. was especially key to enabling UVA to compete for a 15th consecutive year in the competition. Team Virginia (shown above) included Nikki Akula (Biomedical Engineering), Annie An (Human Biology/Statistics), Rahul Andurkar (SEAS), David Bass (Statistics/Mathematics), Victor Jian (Biomedical Engineering), Allison Kumar (Biology), Maria Lyons (Biology), Collin Marino (captain, Chemical Engineering), Christopher Nguyen (Chemistry), Robby Phillips (Biology), and Joel Valliath (Biology). The Virginia iGEM advisors are Profs. Keith Kozminski (Biology) and Jason Papin (Biomedical Engineering). Click here to learn more about the Manifold project and iGEM at UVa.