The Queen's Genetically Engineered Machine Team (QGEM) is a multidisciplinary, student-lead research/design team that works throughout the summer to develop a synthetic biology project to solve a local problem with a global prevalence. his year, the team will be collaborating with Queens research group "Open Plastic" to develop a novel project involving plastic degrading enzymes (PETases).

Each year, the team competes in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition held in Paris France where over 350 teams from all over the world come together to compete for medals and awards.

QGEM consists of three sub teams which students can volunteer for: wetlab, drylab or outreach. Tasks that volunteers may do include (not limited to):

  • Wetlab: Researching and assisting in the development of experimental procedures, registering parts in the iGEM directory, molecular modelling using programs such as GROMACS or pymol.
  • Drylab: CAD modelling, mathematical modeling, prototyping, graphic design.
  • Outreach: Conducting interviews with professors and other professionals, helping organize public events such as science rendezvous, assisting with public interviews, assisting with summer camp events

Applications close March 18th at 11:59 pm.

If you have any questions, please address them to qgem@