Student Design Teams

Supporting Undergraduate Research 


The UBC BIOMOD team consists of talented engineering and science students who plan, design, and create a new research project every year under the field of biomolecular nanotechnology to compete against other universities worldwide. Students have the opportunity to contribute their own ideas to the research topic, tackling real-life issues. Some of our previous projects have ranged from developing a more efficient drug delivery mechanism for targeting acute myeloid leukemia, to creating an early diagnostic for lung cancer. By doing so, students learn useful research development skills, gain method optimization experience, and develop valuable laboratory techniques. Our team members also become experts in website design and video animation.

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UBC’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team is a multidisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students who are deeply intrigued by synthetic biology and the potentials of genetic technology. Every year, they develop a genetic engineering research project, designing and building biological systems, to address pressing global issues. Their previous projects range from discovering biosensors for potent neurotoxins, to synthesizing anticancer drugs, and even developing probiotics for bees. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic they seized the opportunity to develop a deep learning software to provide solutions for future pandemics. Members of UBC iGEM get real opportunities to practice what they are learning, innovate at the cutting edge of biotechnology, and cultivate their skills in a motivated environment. iGEM projects are not only biology-based, but are multi-faceted through science, coding, business, design, engineering, and much more.

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