Camp BIOmed 2022

Registration opens January 15 2023


Camp BIOmed is a week-long science summer camp for high school students interested in biomedical or health science careers. Camps will run from July 11 to August 19, 2022. NWABR will offer three exciting tracks: The Molecular Biology of Cancer - good cells gone bad, CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) - Solve a murder mystery, & Genetic Engineering: Recombinant DNA Technology.

Scroll down for a short introduction to individual camp themes.

Who is eligible?

All students entering into Grades 9-12 in the fall of 2022 are welcome to register and attend. In order to ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff, we require that all the students must be fully vaccinated. Submission of vaccination proof is mandatory. 

What does the camp cost?

Each camp will cost $695 for non-members and $625 for employees of member institutions. Early bird discounts and scholarships are available. Visit registration page for details and Financial Assistance page for scholarship application.

Where and when are the camps held?

Weeklong camps will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM (M-F) at the Seattle Pacific University campus laboratory from July 11-August 19. Visit registration page for complete schedule details.

A Culminating Expo will be held each Friday from 1 PM to 3 PM giving campers from all camp tracks an opportunity to come together, present their work, and share their camp experiences with 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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CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Camp: Solve a murder mystery 

What is forensic science? How do scientists go about solving a crime scene? The campers will learn and apply various forensic and molecular biology techniques, including DNA fingerprinting, ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays), blood typing, latent fingerprinting and blood spatter analysis. They will also do a pig heart dissection. Towards the end of the week, the 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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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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* Although we try to keep the final curriculum as close to the above descriptions as possible, please be aware that some curricculum adaptations may be necessary to the individual camps as each week unfolds.   

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


NWABR’s first summer camp was organized in 2014 with two camp tracks. It gradually moved towards three themes, to four themes and then to five themes in 2019.   

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


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