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Take part in an international competition

30 January 2018

Logo for Cardiff University iGEM team

Cardiff University is inviting biosciences students to take part in a unique student-led independent research project, with an opportunity to travel to the US.

The iGEM competition draws in teams of undergraduates from across the world, showcasing their work in designing and implementing an exciting student-led synthetic biology project.

Over the past two years Cardiff University has gained global visibility by entering this competition.

Each year, seven students are given the opportunity to lead a project of their own design as part of an eight week paid summer placement, before presenting their research at final conference in Boston, USA.

Dr Geraint Parry, Cardiff University School of Biosciences, said: “We are now recruiting for the 2018 team.

“The iGEM competition provides opportunities for students with a wide range of different expertise and a willingness of learn something new.

“We encourage applications from students who are interested in participating in a novel lab project on a student-led topic that will involve plant synthetic biology.

“The team will engage with the public, take part in educational events and human practices activities.

“Our students will also design and prepare the project webpage that will document the teams achievements.

“I will be discussing the iGEM competition on February 6th at midday in Martin Evans C0.13, and we welcome students to come along to find out more.”

If you are interested in the project, please email Dr Geraint Parry at

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