Team 2011 having a great day together in the lab

DTU Biobuilders

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 at least a Gold Medal in the competition.  

In 2011 one of the teams was also awarded a Special Mention for Best Wiki, and the 2014 team very impressively won an Interlab Study Award and Overgrad Best Parts 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.

In 2015 DTU Biobuilders became a DTU Blue Dot project. Read the 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 Associate Professor Christopher Workman at DTU Bioengineering for inquiries on the application process in the current year.


Christopher Workman
Associate Professor
DTU Bioengineering
+45 45 25 27 00

iGEM Gold medal

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