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2007 Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team

Welcome to the 2007 VGEM Team's OpenWetWare wiki. This wiki contains the internal workings of our team, including our online lab notebook, project designs and other useful information. The VGEM Team is an undergraduate research group interested in synthetic biology and biological engineering, and will compete in MIT's 2007 international Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) in November. Check on our official iGEM wiki for our final project description and our external website for more information about the team.


The VGEM Team was made possible by the generous support from the following groups at the University of Virginia:
The Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biology, and Microbiology
The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the The Virginia Engineering Foundation
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
The School of Medicine

We would like to acknowledge and thank our 2007 corporate sponsor:

Resources Project

Our 2007 project is focused on energy biotechnology and is titled "Harvesting Plant Biomass and Sunlight to Power Butanol Biosynthesis: A Synthetic Biology Approach to Metabolic Pathway Engineering." More information about our project can be found at our official iGEM wiki, which you can get to by clicking the iGEM logo below. Please check out our other project designs by clicking the "projects" link listed below the iGEM logo.



People Personnel

Our group is an interdisciplinary conglomeration that includes researchers from The School of Engineering and Applied Science, The College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine.

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Undergraduate Team

Graduate Mentor

  • Brianne Ray, Microbiology

Lab Specialist

  • Kay Christopher, Biology

Faculty Advisors

Financial Administrator

Additional Contact Information


Engineering is a great profession. There is the satisfaction of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realisation in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer's high privilege.

- Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)



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