Measurement Hub

Good measurement is essential to ensure that iGEM teams’ work is reproducible and useful to the wider community. It is important to consider appropriate equipment, experimental design (including necessary controls and standards), and assay methods. The reporting of experimental data is also an important part of good measurement; sensible data handling, visualisation, and reporting metadata should be considered. The various sections found here on the iGEM Measurement Hub explain why good measurement is important, how to perform good measurement, and provides links to helpful resources.

"Measurement is fundamentally an act of communication." - Jacob Beal

What is Measurement?

Learn about Measurement and why it is an important part of iGEM.

How to Succeed

Careful measurement practices are a hallmark of successful iGEM projects. Check out our tips for taking successful measurements in synthetic biology.

Measurement Kit

The measurement kit is included in your iGEM distribution kit. Teams can use this kit to measure GFP, RFP, and cell density reliably in a plate reader. Find out how you can use the measurement kit here.


Getting started? These resources can help you think about how to integrate good measurements in your project design.

Measurement Protocols

Good protocols are key to measurement. This year, teams can use to describe and share their protocols. Find out how you can make the most of this tool, and see existing iGEM measurement protocols you can use.


Measurement efforts at iGEM are guided by this committee.


If you have questions or suggestions, please email us at measurement AT igem DOT org . We love hearing from teams. Best of luck with your projects!

Measurement Committee Webinars and Office Hours

This season the Measurement Committee will be hosting online events to connect with teams. Biweekly office hours to answer questions and a new series of weekly webinars to help iGEM teams with your projects!

Topics include taking your ideas into the lab, designing DNA sequences, DNA part assembly from classical to modern methods, engineering your organism, modeling your project, measuring cellular phenotypes like fluorescence, and how to purify and characterize protein products.

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Ask a Question

Office hours are now concluded, but you can also ask us questions using the anonymous form below and we will post answers online on our FAQ page!

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