Gold medal to Uppsala IGEM 2015


The Uppsala team in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition won a gold medal for Quality in the Environment category at this year’s competition. The Uppsala team was top 4 out of 33 teams from all around the world.

IGEM is a competition in synthetic biology, a field on the rise. It is often described as a mix between biology and engineering. 24 students from both bachelor and master level make up the Uppsala team; from biology, biomedicine, chemistry, bioinformatics, and molecular biotechnology engineering.

Uppsala's IGEM team 2015
Uppsala's IGEM team 2015

This year’s project aimed to construct a bacteria capable of breaking down environmental toxins, focused on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). These toxic compounds are created in incomplete combustion, such as the burning of waste. The toxic compounds are then accumulated in air, soil, water, plants, and animals.

Winner of the Grand Price was a team from Delft in the Netherlands, their project focused on creating artificial biofilms.

Read more about Uppsala’s IGEM project at, and on this year’s project page

Read more about the whole competition at