Help our high school students on the 2018 iGEM team travel to the iGEM Giant Jamboree!

Hello, we are the Baltimore Bio Crew and we are a team of high school students. We work at the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS). BUGSS is a public laboratory offering classes, seminars, and lab access so that anyone can safely and affordably investigate the living world. 

This year, our 2018 Baltimore BioCrew iGEM team is working on blood clotting. We’re engineering bacteria to produce proteins from snake venom. We’ll then use these proteins to create a quick treatment kit so that all people are able to respond quickly to accidents and injuries and help treat wounds. Because of the high rate of violence and homicide in Baltimore, this issue is especially important to us. While we care about combating violence, we know that they greatest killer in Baltimore and the US is heart disease, so we’re also engineering bacteria to produce blood thinning proteins that can break down clots and be used to treat people more economically. Learn more about our project on our wiki:

The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition is an annual event open to undergraduate teams, high school students, and community labs like BUGSS from around the world. The iGEM GiantJamboree is hosted in Boston, Massachusetts on October 25th-28th, and we need money to get to the competition so that we can present our work and meet other teams from all over the world. Any amount will help,  we appreciate your consideration to our team!

Thank you for your donation in any amount!




Want another way to help our team? How about free pizza!

We have a special fundraiser with Papa John’s! If you buy a fundraising card from our team for $15, you get buy one, get one free large pizzas for one year at participating Papa John’s! (Valid for carryout at over 150 participating locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia)

Buy a card for $15 at the link below and we’ll send your card to the address that you provide. Pass the word to family and friends or buy a card for them (or your favorite perpetually hungry student……). Thanks!! Contact us with questions at