Camp BIOmed Information


CAMP VENUE: Eaton Hall, Seattle Pacific University   

INTRODUCING - NEW THEME: Medical Microbiology




Thanks to our generous sponsors we still have full scholarships available.  Contact Wendi Russac for scholarship information.

thank you, Sponsors

 PhRMA is thrilled to support youth, nurture their interests in biosciences, and empower them to grow through hands-on learning and personal advocacy. Camp BIOmed  is a wonderful opportunity to bring together passionate students with mentors who can help them jumpstart their future careers in the biomedical field. By sparking young people’s interest in biosciences today, we are supporting the future innovators of tomorrow.

 The Dean Witter Foundation







Camp BIOmed, a science summer camp for high school students, will run from July 8 to August 16 2019. NWABR offers five exciting tracks: The Molecular Biology of Cancer - good cells gone bad, Next Gen Science - Origami of Life & Bioinformatics, CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) - Solve a murder mystery, Genetic Engineering: Recombinant DNA Technology and Medical Microbiology. 

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All students entering into Grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019 are welcome to register and attend. Each camp costs $695 for non-members and $625 for employees of member institutions; Early bird discount available. Camp will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM (M-F) for a week in the laboratory facilities at Seattle Pacific University. Every Friday, NWABR will hold a Culminating Expo from 1 PM to 3 PM where the campers from all the camps will come together, present their work, and share their experiences from the camp with their friends and family

Genetic Engineering Recombinant DNA Technology

The genetic engineering camp introduces students to recombinant DNA techniques and its practical applications. The curriculum will provide students with an overview of modern biotechnology, genetic engineering and gene regulation. Students will also gain an understanding for how scientists isolate genes away from the genome through cloning and/or PCR, which is key to investigate a gene’s function.

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Meet the instructor: Dr. Sarah Louie

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

The campers will learn and apply various forensic and molecular biology techniques, including DNA fingerprinting via gel electrophoresis , ELISAs (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays), blood typing, heart dissection, blood typing, latent fingerprinting and blood spatter analysis.  Towards the end of the week, campers take charge of a mock crime scene and use the framework they have learned during the week to solve the mystery on their own!

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Meet the instructor: Gina Ann Vickrey       Mansi Kaushik

The Molecular Biology of Cancer- good cells gone bad

What is cancer? Why is it so hard to cure? What are the current approaches and techniques being used by research scientists to fight this devastating disease? In this hands-on laboratory camp students will learn the cellular and molecular basis of cancer and its causes and have an opportunity to perform some of the fundamental lab techniques that are the foundation of cancer research. Students will learn current laboratory protocols for techniques that include DNA restriction digest, gel electrophoresis, ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), and microarrays. Students will also perform an Ames tests, a brain dissection, and use basic online bioinformatics tools to explore gene mutations and cancer.

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Meet the instructor: Wendi Russac

Next Gen Science - Origami of Life & Bioinformatics:

The Bioinformatics/Genome Science camp will introduce students to modern genomic analysis by combining molecular techniques used in the laboratory with computer analysis.  Students will examine a genetic basis for human variation and DNA barcoding to study biodiversity or food fraud.  In each project, students will use several bioinformatics methods to analyze their data. It is a perfect wet and dry lab combination. For the students who have interest in computers and are attached to biology as well.

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Meet the instructor : Dr. Sarah Louie

Medical Microbiology

In medical microbiology, students will be introduced to common disease causing pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. We will also discuss the emerging understanding of the importance of the microbiome in human health and disease. 

In the lab portion of the class, students will examine prepared slides to learn to recognize identifying characteristics of different types of bacteria.  As an introduction to microbiological techniques, students will isolate and grow bacteria and fungi collected from indoor and outdoor environments, then test different strains of bacteria for resistance to several antibiotic compounds.  As a culmination, students will perform diagnostic tests as they work through a medical case study of a patient suspected to have a microbial infection.

* The curriculum of this camp is under development. Once finalized more details will be provided.

Meet the instructor: Dr. Allison Nishitani

* In order to be responsive to changing camp needs, we adapt curriculum as camp unfolds. Though we try to keep the final curriculum as close to the description mentioned above, please accept that there might be some changes in the camp week.

For eligibility, camp logistics, and more information, please visit FAQs.


Camp BIOmed is Six years old!, NWABR’s first summer camp was organized in 2014 with two camp tracks - Protein folding (with Fold-It!) and Do-It-Yourself with Neuroscience. It gradually moved towards three themes and then to four themes in 2017. From an overall student participation of 82 students across six weeks in 2014, Camp BIOmed enjoyed growth to 162 participants in 2018.   

For pictures of the camp, please visit our Facebook page....

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.
  • ·Promote awareness of the unique challenges faced by scientists from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in science.
  • ·Build a supportive community of students, science educators, and scientists. 
  • ·Provide staff and mentorship support for students to conduct their own Student Bio Expo project during the school year.
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