Research Teams

HM Clause


This team of BIG researchers is collaborating with commercial seed company HM Clause to develop new solutions for assaying plant disease.

To learn more, reach out to Natalia Franco-Hernandez at

Real Vegan Cheese


The Vegan Cheese project is synthesizing key cheese proteins in yeast to reduce the environmental impact from traditionally-made cheese.

To learn more, reach out to Eilis Hegarty at




Microfluidics is the science of manipulating tiny quantities of fluids — think microliters and picoliters. The team is in the process of 3D printing, soldering, and assembling the components of its second microfluidic controller.

To learn more, reach out to Ares Torres at

Algae to Insulin


Our newest project is researching algae-based alternatives to manufacturing insulin.

To learn more, reach out to Daniel Graves at



The Bioprinter team is tackling the production and purification of transgenic proteins via a perfusion bioreactor.

To learn more, reach out to Anna Rita Moukarzel at



iGEM is short for International Genetically Engineered Machine. (See why we call it iGEM?) This team engages in a summer-long research sprint before presenting their work at the annual iGEM competition.

To learn more, reach out to Jessica Lee at