Hosted at the Institute of Integrative Biosciences – CECOS University and funded by the Directorate of Science and Technology – KP Government, iGEM Peshawar is Pakistan’s first and only team to represent the country in Boston.
Headed by Dr. Faisal Khan, Director IIB, the 12 member 2016 team put Pakistan on the Synthetic Biology map by competing against 300+ teams from 40 countries and winning a Bronze medal at the iGEM World Championship for their project “Inspector NOCOLi” a bacterial biosensor for the detection of harmful gases in vehicle exhaust fumes. Read more about their project here.
The 2017 team brought further honor to the country by winning a Silver medal this year as well as a Best Biosafety nomination for their multi-faceted “Project F”: An engineered fish to sense and report for the presence of heavy metal contaminants in freshwater as well as the world’s first ever Bacterial-Human Interface – MAX – a bot that allows bacteria to send humans text messages. Read more about their project here.