Emily Hicks


Team mentor, Notre Dame Collegiate in High River, Synthetic Biology



Emily Hicks is a graduate from the University of Calgary with an honors degree in Biomedical sciences as well as an alumnus of Singularity University. Always passionate about synthetic biology and how it can help the environment, Emily helped to lead the University of Calgary’s iGEM competition team to multiple international awards for their environmental projects.

An avid public speaker, Emily has received several recognitions including being a global finalist in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Present Around the World competition as well as an invited speaker for Singularity University, The Atlantic and Oxford University.

Currently Emily is President and co-founder of FREDsense Technologies. Coupling genetic engineering and electrochemistry, FREDsense creates portable devices that enable anyone, anywhere to measure trace contaminants in their water. Having founded FREDsense directly out of her undergraduate degree, Emily is currently a Kairos fellow, a top 30 under 30 in Canada for Sustainability, one of Bay Street Bull’s Top 30 under 30 Canadians and featured on Real Leader’s list of 100 young visionary leaders. In 2018, Emily was the winner of the She Loves Tech Global finals in Beijing, China. Always passionate about DIY bioengineering, Emily loves mentoring high school students in synthetic biology projects and other lab activities throughout Alberta.

” As an undergraduate student, I was so thankful for the opportunities iGEM and geekStarter provided me. I loved the competition and being able to push yourself to try new things. Getting to work on novel synthetic biology projects as a student, was incredibly exciting. As a mentor now, I love giving back and helping other students get those opportunities as well”