Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The iGEM Diversity and Inclusion Committee is responsible for promoting and improving the accessibility to iGEM for women, members of the LGBTQ community, and other members that represent our diverse community.
Some of their efforts include:
- Working with iGEM teams to help improve gender-sensitive issues in their projects
- Designating gender-neutral restrooms at the iGEM Giant Jamboree
- Increasing the percentage of female and LGBTQ iGEM judges
- Providing lactation rooms at the iGEM Giant Jamboree
Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Committee's work for this year's competition on the 2020 Copmetition Diversity and Inclusion Hub:
Do you have any ideas about how we can make iGEM even more inclusive? Do you have any concerns about diversity at iGEM? Please contact us at: diversity AT igem DOT org.
The Diversity Committee works with the iGEM Foundation to provide guidance on gender issues and other areas of diversity. Our members are a diverse group of people who are interested in diversity in synthetic biology and beyond.
University of Rochester
Anne is a synthetic biologist who uses bacteria to create advanced materials, sometimes with our home-built 3D bacteria printer. She has been an iGEM advisor and judge since 2011.
Divya is a Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate at Boston University. She has participated in iGEM since 2012 as a team member, instructor, and judge. Divya is actively involved in Graduate Women in Science & Engineering organizations to support and promote women in STEM. She seeks to identify innovative ways to increase representation and build inclusive communities.
Georgia State University
Christina is a senior biology major with a concentration in biochemistry. After becoming VP of the Synthetic Biology Club at Georgia State, Christina made it her mission to make the world of research as is pertains to synthetic biology accessible to all. She is a member of 2 premedical organizations on campus, 3 research organizations and finds time to be in 2 social organizations on campus. Of Haitian descent, Christina loves to go to Haiti where she volunteers with medical assistance and educational opportunities in local communities. Her volunteer work serves as the foundation of her passion to inform and educate all people, especially people of color, that the world of science is for everyone.
Alba Iglesias Vilches
Alba is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University, where she applies Synthetic Biology approaches for the discovery of novel bioactive compounds. She has been involved in iGEM as student, advisor, instructor and judge.
Landon is a PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University studying the environmental survival and pathogenesis of the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Landon also has a keen interest in bioethics and the social responsibility of science. As a gay man, Landon is invested in diversity and inclusion initiatives to ensure fair and equitable spaces for LGBTQ+ folks and other underrepresented minorities.
Asal is a genetics graduate with a passion for science communication, policy and bioethics, which she developed through her participation in Cardiff's 2016 iGEM team. Alongside synthetic biology, her previous projects involve pedagogy, classification, and epigenetics. She spent a year working with microscopic worms at Warwick, and still has a soft spot for nematodes. She also loves poetry, tea and bad sit-coms.
Arizona State University
Alyssa is a graduate student at Arizona State University who is working on an interdisciplinary dissertation in the Biological Design Ph.D. program and ASU's science and technology policy certificate program. She is also involved in the student government as the Director of Advocacy for the ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association.
University of Edinburgh
Louise and her group research the use of synthetic biology to valorise wastes. She teaches synthetic biology to postgraduate students and has integrated iGEM participation into the taught MSc programme at Edinburgh.
Cibele Zolnier S. do Nascimento
University of São Paulo
Cibele is an undergraduate student in Biochemical Engineering at the University of São Paulo. Passionate about science in general, she believes in its promotion for the general community and on the solution of environmental and human problems through it. As the former VP of Synthetic Biology Club of USP-EEL, she actively works on the dissemination of the scientific knowledge that is many times kept only inside laboratories. She attended on iGEM for the first time in 2018, as the team leader of her group. Currently, she is helping as instructor of the new team from the University.
University College London
Darren Nesbeth is a synthetic biologist in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL). Darren has been Chair of the 'Athena Scientific Women's Academic Network' (AthenaSWAN) committee for UCL Biochemical Engineering from 2012-2019. As Chair he coordinated a broad range of events and practical steps to foster a culture that supports students and staff of all genders, ethnicities, beliefs, sexual orientation, levels of disability, and intersections thereof, to realise their full potential, irrespective of marital status, age or parenthood status.
Peivand Sadat Mousavi
University of Toronto
Peivand is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto where she uses synthetic biology to make molecular diagnostics. Her love for synthetic biology initiated from three years of iGEM experience during her undergraduate studies at University of Waterloo where she also led a Women in Science program in her final year. She is passionate about mentorship and increasing visibility of scientists with different levels of disabilities and sexual orientation. Currently she volunteers for a high school mentorship program and helps organizing a Women Leadership book club at her department.
V. Anne Smith
University of St Andrews
Anne is a computational biologist, who concentrates on studying biological networks across multiple levels of organisation, from genes, to brains, to ecosystems. She is heavily involved in undergraduate teaching and curriculum development. She supervised St Andrews first iGEM teams in 2010-2012, and has been involved in a recent revival of iGEM at St Andrews.
University of Poitiers
After a PhD on monoclonal antibodies production in France and a post-doc at UCLA on molecular cloning of trp channels, Brigitte is a cellular and molecular biologist working on mechanisms of cancer at the University of Poitiers, France. She was an iGEM Judge in 2018 and is an iGEM advisor in 2019.