DTU Biobuilders aim to solve real life problems with synthetic biology as the main driver. The team of students is put together on a yearly basis and every year DTU Biobuilders participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, which is the largest synthetic biology competition in the world. DTU Biobuilders’ activities are primarily driven by students, with the support of several faculty supervisors.

The first DTU iGEM team came together in 2009. This was also the first time Denmark participated the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. The team came in stong and won a Gold Medal. That set a precedence and since then every team has won a medal in the competition.  

In 2020 the DTU Biobuilders achieved a Gold Medal and won a number of special awards, including Best Manufacturing Track,  Best Model and Best Part Collection. The 2019 team brought home the Best Software prize along with their Gold Medal. In 2011 one of the DTU teams was also awarded a Special Mention for Best Wiki, and the 2014 team very impressively won an Interlab Study Award and Best Part Collection in addition to their Gold Medal. In total the DTU iGEM teams in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 have registered 102 novel BioBricks that are freely available for the scientific community.

Since 2015, the DTU Biobuilders have been one of DTU's Blue Dot projects. More information can be found in this article DTU Biobuilders - a new student run project.

Want to join?

DTU Biobuilders is a great chance to participate in a large project that potentially can be very rewarding. Experience a full-scale research project from brainstorm to proof of concept. Gain experience in all the major components in a multidisciplinary project such as brainstorming, project management, project planning, fundraising, leadership, collaboration and the design and implementation of all the experiments in the laboratory and the necessary data managing and computer modelling.

The application process starts in late November each year for the following year’s team. See the "DTU Biobuilders" Facebook group for more details.

Contact Kristian Barrett at DTU Bioengineering for inquiries on the application process in the current year.