About QGEM

The Queen's Genetically Engineered Machine (QGEM) Team is the Queen’s University chapter of International Genetic Engineered Machine (iGEM). QGEM is an undergraduate research and design team that uses innovations in the fast-evolving field of synthetic biology to tackle current real-world problems related to medicine, industry, the environment, sustainability, and more. We also part of the collective Ontario Genetic Engineered Machine (oGEM), with whom we collaborate with to share ideas, lab protocols, and funding plans


Planning and executing a cutting-edge project each summer gives QGEM students a unique opportunity to develop their problem solving, team work, leadership, and laboratory skills that are not available in a traditional course. Via QGEM, students apply and enrich the knowledge learned in courses to create quality experiences that can be used for competitive employment opportunities post undergraduate studies. QGEM offers a unique opportunity for students from interdisciplinary backgrounds to collaborate, applying and combining knowledge from a wide range of disciplines. QGEM serves to inspire fellow students to use synthetic biology as a tool to push academic limits and explore synthetic biology in a safe and mentored environment. By supporting aspiring students in this field, as well as sharing this research with the greater student body, QGEM serves to be an invaluable experience for our students, collaborators, and sponsors.


Each fall we are proud to represent Canada and Queen's University at the iGEM Giant Jamboree competition held in Boston, MA. Over 300 teams from over 40 counties across the world attend and present. QGEM has won various medals and special awards.