Camp BIOmed 2023

A unique opportunity for students to engage in scientific exploration and hands-on experimentation in a university lab!


What: Camp BIOmed is a week-long science summer camp for high school students interested in biomedical or health science careers. 

Who: All students entering into Grades 9-12 in the fall of 2023

Where and when: Camps will run from June 26 to June 30, 2023 at Whitworth University in Spokane and July 10 to August 18, 2023 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle.

Four exciting tracks: Choose one or all!

Changing the Blueprints of Life: Genetic Engineering:        

Learn the basics of genetic manipulation and unravel the mysteries of recombinant DNA and its practical applications. Discover how scientists isolate genes using cloning and PCR, Introduce a new trait into bacteria via the process of transformation, a key genetic engineering technique. Explore modern biotechnology as you perform numerous experiments typically used by molecular biologists.

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Meet the instructor - Dr. Sarah Louie



Solve a murder mystery: CSI (Crime Scene Investigation):

Become a forensic expert and delve into the intriguing world of crime scene investigation. Uncover the secrets of DNA fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, and latent fingerprint examination. Master the art of deductive reasoning as you apply molecular biology techniques to solve captivating mock murder mysteries. Can you decipher the clues and catch the culprit?

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Meet the instructor - Mansi Kaushik



Good Cells Gone Bad: The Molecular Biology of Cancer:

Discover how normal human cells acquire the mutations that cause them to go rogue. Learn and apply some of the fundamental lab techniques that are used by cancer researchers including: DNA restriction digests, ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay) and microarrays. Take on the role of oncologist as you apply your lab findings to specific patient case histories and explore rapidly evolving treatment options. Perform a brain dissection as part of a unit on brain cancer.                                                         

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Meet the instructor - Wendi Russac



An Invisible World:  Microbiology:

Dive into the fascinating world of bacteria, fungi, and viruses and explore their pathogenic potential. Utilize advanced microscopy techniques to identify distinct bacterial characteristics. Collect, cultivate and analyze microbial strains, investigating their susceptibility to antibiotics. Fill the shoes of a microbiologist, epidemiologist, and even a doctor as you complete a case study about a patient at risk of acquiring a hospital-associated infection

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Meet the instructor- Nathan Wells




Camp BIOmed Goals

· Increase student understanding of how biomedical research is conducted; from exploration and discovery to testing and analysis.

· Increase student awareness of how ethical considerations play a role in research, including the ethical guidelines that govern research.

· Promote awareness of science careers.

· Build a supportive community of students, science educators, and scientists. 


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