Human Practices is one of the most essential facets of a viable project. It is integral to connect with any person or organization that our project directly or indirectly affects. With this in mind, we tried to interact with people and professionals from different backgrounds that could potentially contribute to our cause.

One of our first exposures to human practices was the BITSAA Global Meet in January 2023, where our team interacted with various alumni from our institute. This was a way of connecting with a large number of people from different ages and working in different sectors, which helped us gather contacts and plan our next moves. We then set up meetings with biotechnology executives, Mr. Kumaril Bhargava and Mr. Anupam Dokeniya, our college alumni, who helped us connect with more people. Slowly we narrowed to talking to more scientifically niche people who could help us with our ideation, as in our meeting with the oncologists at ACTREC. We were lucky to also talk to Melina Soares, from Immuneel Therapeutics Private Limited, one of the only companies in India working on CAR T cell therapy. These meetings helped us ideate a scientifically sound concept. Once we finalized our idea, we spoke to Dr. Shekhar Salkar, one of our state’s senior most oncologists, we talked about our hypothesis but also about its implementation in India. Through Dr. Salkar, we also managed to get in touch with patients, to gauge their needs and concerns with respect to our treatment

We believe that human practices start from our community, and studying in such a large university, we have a large platform to address. We engaged with our students at an orientation event where we introduced iGEM BITS Goa as a club, and spoke about our goals and activities. We were interviewed by our university's journalism department, where we spoke about our project, and how we as a club are trying to create an overall paradigm shift in our university culture to bring more people to our cause. We are also working in collaboration with our university’s NGO, to get in touch with underprivileged people who we could potentially help.


  • Interview with Dr. Shekhar Salkar
  • Interview with Tata Memorial Hospital’s Advanced Center for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer(ACTREC)
  • Interview with Kumaril Bhargava and Anupam Dokeniya
  • Interview with Immuneel Therapeutics Private Limited


The BITSAA Global Meet - 2023 was a grand conference that attracted a multitude of our esteemed alumni from our university, spread across continents. This year it was held in the city of Jaipur, and three members of our team travelled to attend this event. Our motive for participating in this event was clear - to enlighten our own alumni about Project CARkinos and its potential impact, and to amplify our collective efforts in the fight against lung cancers.

The event served as an ideal platform for our outreach, as we successfully managed to educate and spark some meaningful discussions with our alumni, facilitating them to convey the knowledge further with their network. We boosted our presence through various media like merchandise, posters, and brochures that summarised our pitch.

Through the end of this three-day event, we managed to not only inform but also inspire almost every one of the 1500+ attendees present, including some of our C-suite alumni from Fortune 100 and 500 companies. As a team, this event helped us craft our one-minute pitch - and enabled us to reach out to a lot more individuals further in time. We also managed to get monetary pledges and get contacts of some high-profile individuals, which have proven to be pivotal for our project’s success. BGM proved to be a success in various ways - we obtained a significant amount of our funding from the alumni we interacted with during the conference, and got in touch with people from various different sectors and industries that could help with research and scientific expertise as well. Talking about our project to a generalised audience helped us gain perspective that we would not get if we catered to a niche sample space.


On September 10th, we hosted an orientation session for the incoming freshmen of the 2023 batch at BITS Goa. Our main objective was to introduce our team, as well as talk about iGEM BITS Goa as a club of highly motivated students with diverse backgrounds with the goal of solving a global problem with the help of synthetic biology.

During the session, we delved into the intricacies of synthetic biology, highlighting its real-world applications. We also provided insights into our ongoing project, which involves modifying CAR T therapy to combat NSCLC, a form of lung cancer.

The response from the students, from freshmen to juniors was remarkable. They showed a keen interest in delving deeper into the world of synthetic biology and its potential. We introduced our team members individually, showcasing their roles and contributions within the club. This personal touch helped students connect with our mission and vision and further piqued the curiosity of the first-year students, motivating them to explore the fascinating world of synthetic biology, no matter what their majors are.

The enthusiasm displayed by the freshmen after the presentation was a clear indicator of their eagerness to become part of our journey, and we certainly hope to see them in our team next year!


Department of Journalism and Media Affairs (DoJMA), is BITS Pilani Goa’s official and longest running news department. Their newsletter is viewed across multiple colleges in India making them one of the biggest representatives of BITS Goa to the outside world. They had interviewed multiple technical clubs of the institute in the past month. These interviews were an effort to showcase the ideals of the club alongside with broadcasting the work and events that they are putting out. iGEM BITS Goa, amongst all technical clubs, is the only club representing the field of Biology in general, let alone Genetic Engineering and Life Sciences. They asked about the multiple workshops we hold throughout the year, ranging from simple and fun agar art workshops to full-fledged town hall-style debates on bioethics and the morals of genetic engineering.

They even asked us about our foundation and the principles that we promote. One of our core principles that is prevalent in every one of our events has to be the ethical and sustainable approach to Genetic Engineering and its many uses. We mentioned how we hold various talks across campus to promote this idea and also get students from multiple branches of college to be interested in Bioengineering. They concluded their questions with how we move forward with our projects and how as a student run club, we keep ourselves dynamic as the world of genetic engineering keeps changing around us. In a university that primarily focuses on traditional engineering disciplines and allied fields, our club’s aim is to go beyond the mould of iGEM – where we seek to promote the overall ideology of how a multi-disciplinary approach to Biology could revolutionize all the research being performed, as Biology is naturally meant and designed to be looked at from different vantage points. This interview really helped us promote iGEM BITS Goa as a club, and we received an overwhelming response from students who wanted to know more about us and what we do.


We collaborated with an on-campus chapter of the pan India NGO - Nirmaan, which focuses on public health as one of their core areas. As October is the International Breast Cancer Awareness month, we conducted a breast self-examination workshop for all women on campus. This included women from the housekeeping staff, cafeteria workers, etc., who are all from extremely marginalized communities with little to no access to any form of healthcare facilities. The workshop also involved a segment where we talked about possible measures of early detection of lung cancer which include yearly chest exams and X - Rays, apart from something known as a low-dose CT (LDCT) scan, which can detect abnormal areas in the chest cavity (which may be cancer) much more accurately. Symptoms of lung cancer were discussed and measures to avoid the occurrence of it were also discussed. The focus group for the lung cancer workshop was mostly older men (> 40 years of age) - which included mess/dining hall workers, housekeeping staff, hostel assistants etc., who were vulnerable to the primary cause of lung cancer i.e. smoke in any form.

The focus of both workshops was to make healthcare accessible to people from all strata, regardless of financial status. Both Breast and Lung Cancers are one of the leading causes of death in India and both can be largely avoided if proper precautions are taken, but marginalized communities often have disproportionate access to such resources causing a disproportionate rise in the number of cases and fatalities from these communities.