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iGEM 2021 | Miami University

iGEM 2021 Miami University’s

CROP's Goals

Create a Foundation

Provide a foundation for RuBP optimized regeneration via metabolic engineering to yield a more robust biomass generation in plants

Research Feasibility with Computer Modeling

Analyzing the impact and feasibility of two redesigned pathways on cell metabolism using computational modeling.

Research Feasibility in Wet Lab

Test one of the redesigned pathways in wet lab to characterize the change in growth via experimental data.

Provide Educational Opportunities

Due to the vital role of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in future applications of our project, we aimed to educate groups who had limited opportunities to accurately learn about GMOs.

Awards & Nominations

Gold Medal Winner

Kiwi standing on oval A Gold medal is awarded to those iGEM teams that have shown excellence in multiple areas beyond that go above and beyond both Silver and Bronze Medals. The Miami University iGEM team was able to do just that!

Learn more about the gold medal and what was needed to meet the criteria at

Best Plant Synthetic Biology Nominee

Kiwi standing on oval The Best Plant Synthetic Biology award is designed to celebrate exemplary work done in plant synthetic biology. Special thanks to the hard work put in by the Miami University iGEM, the CROP project was nominated for Best Plant Synthetic Biology.

Learn more about the award and other nominees at

Best Food & Nutrition Project Nominee

Kiwi standing on oval People need to eat. Can biotechnology be responsibly used to produce food or nutritional molecules without causing widespread shortages of either, and without harming the environment that future generations will inherit? The Miami University iGEM team was nominated as an exemplary project that address just that.

Learn more about the award and other nominees at

Start Exploring

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About the Wiki

The wiki you see now is the product of months of design, iteration, and dedication. Take a moment to learn about what makes it so special!

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The world depends on high agricultural productivity to provide food and resources to local and global communities. However, global demand for crop production is expected to increase dramatically. Learn how Miami University's CROP could increase the yields of crop plants.

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Proof of Concept

Explore the experiments conducted by our wet lab team and see the results of our genetic modification in cyanobacteria!

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The work done by Miami University's iGEM team was made possible by a team of dedicate and passionate students and advisors from a range of different STEM subject domains! Take a moment to learn more about Miami University's committed team!

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With any project, thinking carefully about and managing any risks is a vital step. Between the inherit risks of our project as well as challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, our team had to be thoughtful. Learn how the Miami University team handled safety and risk here!

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Not only did the Miami University iGEM team work to make a phenomenal project, we also spent an exceptional amount of time teaching others about plant synthetic biology! Take a moment to learn more about that on our education page!