Human Practices/Committee

Human Practices Committee

On this page you will find information on: contacting the committee, the committee, and the committee alumni.

Members of the 2019 iGEM Human Practices Committee at the Giant Jamboree.

Contact the Committee

We know it’s not always easy to navigate the human practices issues that emerge as you’re working on your iGEM project. The Human Practices Committee is here to help!


Contact the committee via email at: humanpractices [AT] igem [DOT] org

You can ask us questions like:

  • Does a particular aspect of my team’s project count more as public engagement or as integrated human practices?
  • Can you recommend any points of contact to ask about synthetic biology policy in my country?
  • What is the iGEM protocol around conducting interviews with stakeholders?

We’re happy to clarify medal criteria, help you to plan engagement with people outside of your team, and otherwise assist with your human practices work. You might also want to read through the FAQ or the What Is Human Practices? Introduction page.

Human Practices Committee

On the iGEM Human Practices Committee, we recognize that using synthetic biology to address real-world problems requires thoughtful and ongoing engagement with the world. We are trying to create a framework that helps iGEMers become reflective, responsive and responsible practitioners.

Our committee of volunteer advisors is responsible for developing Human Practices-related elements of the competition. We do this through offering guidance, incentives, and recognition, in an iterative process through which we are also learning. The policies and decisions of iGEM relating to Human Practices do not necessarily reflect the opinions of individual committee members.

Committee Members

JC Gray

Committee Coordinator

Cofounder, Diatech Diabetic Technologies

Kevin Chen

Committee Coordinator

CEO, Hyasynth Bio; Director, Bricobio & Helios Makerspace

Ahmed Rezk

Undergraduate Medical Student, AFCM-Egypt

Andrew Gao

High School Student, Bioinformatics, Canyon Crest Academy

Bushra E Anjum

COO, Wizkit

Dan Santos

Geography PhD Candidate, Clark University, USA

Diuto Esiobu

Microbiology & Biotechnology Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Farhan Malik

CTO, Architecture of Things

Gokul Bhaskaran

Undergraduate Student, IISER Berhampur

Harkirat Singh Arora

Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Student, IIT Rorkee

Janet Standeven

Teacher, Lambert High School; Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology, Bhamla Lab

Jessica Scherer

Biomedical Engineering Master’s Student specializing in Regenerative Medicine, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Intern, T-Cure Bioscience

Jordan Hartunians

Synthetic biologist, France

Joy Zhang

Associate Professor in Sociology, SSPSSR, University of Kent

Julie Trolle

Synthetic Biology PhD Candidate, NYU Langone Health

Melody Wu

Biological Engineering, Undergraduate Student, MIT, USA

Muhammad Atif

Microbiology Undergraduate Student, Center of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Peshawar

Nancy Burgess Christen

Independent Consultant, Former Project Manager for the US Department of Defense

Nina Youssoufou

Political Sciences Student, Sciences Po Grenoble

Olatunbosun Obayomi

DIY Biologist/Inventor, BioApplications Initiative, Lagos, Nigeria

Pepe Alonso

Graduate Student and Bioethics Lecturer, National University of Mexico

Pete Jones

Territory Sales Manager, Singer Instruments

Pim Klassen

Assistant professor Science and Technology in Society, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Rahmat A. Kemal

Lecturer, Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Riau

Rajiv Ranjan

Assistant Professor, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra, India

Salman Promon

Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Life Sciences, Independent University, Bangladesh

Smriti Suresh

Incoming Biotechnology Graduate Student, McGill University

Umut Berk Bilgiç

Distributed Software Systems Master’s Student, TU Darmstadt

Vinayak S

Masters Student, IISER Berhampur

Zhandong Jiao

High School Student, Tsinghua International School

Benjamin Schwetz

PhD Student, IT University of Copenhagen

Cristian Delgado

BSc Biology, Nehenemi Labs

David Garcia

Biotech Engineer, Assistant Professor, Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, Cibus 3.0 CEO

Madina Akan

PhD Student, VUB/HGU

Maria Mercedes Roca

Executive Director, BioScience Think Tank

Matsuri Rojano Nisimura

PhD Candidate, University of Texas, Austin

Matt Peterson

Group Leader, Bioinformatics and Data Analytics, The MITRE Corporation

Michael Taylor

Biochemistry Assay Development - Test Engineer 1, Gingko Bioworks

Prachiti Vithole

Undergraduate Student, IISER Berhampur

Ruban Cornelius

Postgraduate Student, Lund University

Rupal Gehlot

BS-MS Undergraduate Student, IISER Pune

Shirley Shi

Academic Director of Biology, Worldshaper Academy

Shrestha Rath

Undergraduate Student, IISER Bhopal, India

Susan Moenga

Postdoctoral Researcher, ICRISAT, UC Davis

Sylvia Niyitegeka

Undergraduate Student, Makerere Univeristy

Advisors & Liaisons

Megan Palmer

Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of Bio Policy & Leadership Initiatives, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Todd Kuiken

Senior Research Scholar , Genetic Engineering & Society Center, North Carolina State University

Sam Weiss Evans

Program on Science, Technology & Society, Harvard University

Dorothy Zhang

HQ Liaison, Community Engagement

Tessa Alexanian

HQ Liaison, Safety & Security

Committee Alumni

  • Swati Carr, Digital Education Analyst, Extension Engine; PhD in synbio
  • Jane Calvert, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Genya Dana, Head of Precision Medicine, World Economic Forum
  • Emma Frow, Assistant Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Luz Alba Gallo Herrán, Service and Experience Designer, Ministry of ICT and Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá-Colombia
  • Terry Johnson, Associate Teaching Professor in Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ellen Dias Jorgensen, Cofounder & Chief Science Officer, Aanika Biosciences; Founder & Board Member, Biotech without Borders
  • Linda Kahl, Senior Counsel and Director of Ownership, Sharing and Innovation, The BioBricks Foundation
  • David Lloyd, CEO, FREDsense Technologies
  • Kenneth Oye, Professor of Political Science and Data Systems and Society and Director of the Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET), MIT
  • Hassnain Qasim Bokhari, Coordinator After iGEM, co-Editor-in-Chief iGEM Digest
  • Zoë Robaey, Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology; Philosophy Chairgroup, Wageningen University
  • Larisa Rudenko, Research Affiliate, Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET), MIT
  • Matthew Sample, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
  • Tim Trevan, Co-Founder, Chrome Biorisk Management Consulting
  • Pieter van Boheemen, Researcher, Rathenau Instituut
  • Amy Weissenbach, Masters Student, History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, University of Cambridge