The University of Washington's iGem team

The University of Washington may be losing on the gridiron. But get the UW’s tops geeks in the lab, and there’s no stopping them from rolling over the competition.

A team of 23 UW undergrads — spanning departments in biochemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, materials science and computer science — just took home the top honor in the iGEM World Championship at MIT.

iGEM is a synthetic biology competition in which teams compete by working on various technologies related to food, medicine, energy and other (You can check out the team abstracts here).

The UW team’s projects consisted of a microbial-based diesel fuel and research into a new enzyme that could act as a therapy for gluten intolerance. The UW beat out teams from MIT, Harvard, Imperial College London and ZJU-China.

More details on the team and competition at UWToday.

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