What is BIOMOD?
BIOMOD, short for Biomolecular Design, is an annual undergraduate competition sponsored by Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering since 2011. It is an opportunity for undergraduates from all around the world to explore new technologies as they build projects ranging from molecular robotics, to nanoscale therapeutics, and autonomous robots, all while using molecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins to do it. Along with the research portions of the project, the competition motivates students to become involved with entrepreneurial skills as they must build their project from the ground up and secure work spaces, funding, and materials. Each year, students from all teams around the world gather at the BIOMOD jamboree in University of California, San Francisco to present their project and get awarded for their hard-work.