The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology has been involved in organizing, supporting, and mentoring NYUAD undergraduate students to participate in the iGEM program. iGEM is an international synthetic biology program and competition that occurs annually, to involve students in synthetic biology research and education. This activity, which was jointly supported by the NYUAD Office of Dean of Science and Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani from the Center, has resulted in mentoring NYUAD students across multiple disciplines during the previous years. The teams won a bronze medal (2015) for designing and constructing a sustainable mosquito trap, a silver medal (2016) for a test able to detect the Shiga-like toxin, and a gold medal (2017) for their device to detect genetic markers for the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli and malaria.

More information about the awards can be found at the links below:

The NYUAD iGEM team was successful at receiving the university's first gold medal (2017)