Hello, iGEM Community! 
The iGEM Ambassadors here. As Ambassadors, we have had the chance to speak with many of you at meetups, at the Jamboree, or via email chat this year to talk about synbio and iGEM in your local regions. These conversations inspired us, and, we would like to say thank you for making this season amazing!

To ring in the New Year, we have cooked up exciting new projects during the month of December. These projects include:
  • Interviews with iGEM alumni for the iGEM Digest
  • Developing the mentorship program
  • Initiating a public forum to centralize iGEM and Synthetic Biology discussions
  • Developing an educational hub to share materials for instruction at all levels of education
  • Managing and user databases to enable users to cross over between platforms seamlessly and interact with either community 
We would love to hear about your online experience at and any ideas you have to make it better. We welcome your feedback!

This Month's Features
  • iGEM World News
  • Opportunities for you
  • Group discussions on hot topics
Now, let's dive into the latest happenings this month in the iGEM and After iGEM world.
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Announcing the Thomas F. Knight
Matching Fund

You may be surprised to hear that 90% of iGEM’s funding comes from the Competition. While that allows us to run the Competition, it does not support expansion or new programs. We ask you now for your help to take iGEM to the next level. iGEM visionary and synthetic biology pioneer Tom Knight has already pledged his support, and today we are delighted to announce the creation of the Thomas F. Knight Matching Fund!

Thanks to this generous pledge, for every dollar donated to the iGEM Foundation before the end of the year, the fund will donate another dollar. Your gift of $25 could become $50; or $100 could be $200! This is the first time iGEM has raised money with the help of a matching fund, and we would like to invite you to take this rare chance to double your impact if you donate by December 31, 2018.

Learn More

Your donation will help create more opportunities for iGEMers, and support projects like:

  • The iGEM Ambassador Program - appointing iGEMers to represent iGEM and act as the linking force to develop the synthetic biology ecosystems in their regions
  • The iGEM Delegate Program - bringing iGEMers to policy meetings to shape international discourse about synthetic biology
  • International expansion of iGEM - giving iGEM a truly international presence to support our community as it grows around the world
  • The "Where Are They Now?" Initiative - finding and celebrating the achievements of iGEMers since their participation in the competition
  • Visibility Initiative - growing iGEM’s global presence to ultimately help teams secure funding and support
To make a contribution to iGEM, click the button below:


Automation Padawan
(1-year paid internship)


Ginkgo is looking for a one-year full-time intern, or padawan,  to work hand-in-hand with their jedi team of  biologists, software developers, and other engineers to co-develop the wetware, hardware, and software infrastructure that underpin the foundry. Click here for more info.
Foundry Operations
Paid Co-op

Ginkgo is looking for a full-time co-op student who will be responsible for learning and performing a particular set of operations within our foundry. Foundry operations include genetic engineering and molecular biology, enzyme screening, metabolomics, proteomics, fermentation, and purification.This full-time co-op is paid and duration is 6-9 months. It is intended for students. Click here for more info.

Last month, we released the inaugural issue of The iGEM Digest. Download/view it here:
iGEM Digest
We are now accepting stories for future issues. If you would like to share an experience in the lab, a lesson learned, an exciting revelation, or  anything else that might be of interest to your fellow iGEMers, email your story to If selected it will be featured in the next issue of the iGEM Digest.
Submit Your Story


Can Gut Bacteria
Affect Host Fitness?


Communities of bacterial species that exist in the gut of a fruit fly interact with another- and influence the insect's health and longevity. How might microbial interactions drive animal health? Do microbiome interactions mediate a life history tradeoff between lifespan and fecundity? Share your thoughts in After iGEM's group section.
DNA Hard Drive

It is possible to use bacteria to produce all kinds of exquisite flavors and fragrances. Doe that make these products natural or synthetic? And, should we bother? Share your thoughts and experiences in After iGEM's group section.

iGEM Groups


After iGEM is for everyone who has gone through the competition since it began in 2004. Nearly 30,000 iGEMers -- students and instructors -- have participated in the program over the past 13 years.

Where are you? What are you up to? How did iGEM affect your world?

After iGEM is a way to continue to make an impact. You are the leaders of the field -- and we want to help you succeed.

Join After iGEM to (re)connect with this powerful community, to join programs created exclusively for you, to take what you learned in the competition and to expand on that knowledge to continue to build a better world.

Find fellow iGEMers, post your own opportunities, and learn out more about After iGEM through our online platform.

Join today!

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