Camp BIOmed Information

NWABR's 2015 Camp BIOmed!

Camp BIOmed, a summer camp for high school students, ran from July 6 to August 21 with three tracks: Do-It-Yourself Scientific Cancer Laboratory, Origami of Life (with Bioinformatics), and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) (See below for details on camps!). All students entering into Grades 9-12 in the fall of 2015 are welcome to register and attend. Each camp costs $600 for non-members and $500 for early bird registrants & employees of member institutions. Each camp runs from 9 AM to 3 PM (M-F) for a week. Every Friday, NWABR will hold a Culminating Expo from 1 PM to 3 PM, where the campers from all the three camps will come together, present their work, and share their experiences from the camp with their friends and family.

This summer, NWABR is collaborating with the Science Education Partnership at Fred Hutch and Digital World Biology LLC to pilot Molecule World at Camp BIOmed.  Molecule World is a user-friendly app for viewing and manipulating 3D chemical and molecular structures on the iPhone or iPad.  Learn more about Molecule World at





CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Camp:

NWABR proudly introduces a new camp track this year - CSI. Here, the students take charge of a mock crime scene to solve a mystery. The campers will learn and apply various scientific techniques used in the process of investigating a crime scene to analyze the evidence and reach a scientific conclusion. Techniques include DNA fingerprinting using gel electrophoresis and restriction digests, ELISAs (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays), blood typing, heart dissection, and blood spatter analysis. 





Meet the instructor for the track: Dr. Alaina Garland

Do-It-Yourself Scientific Cancer Laboratory in collaboration with Hive Bio:

Students will learn about the science of cancer through hands-on laboratory experience. Experiences include sheep brain dissection, DNA gel electrophoresis, building your own microscope, using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) to detect cancer biomarkers, and other scientific methods.

Meet the instructor for the track: Dr. Jan Chalupny







Origami of Life with Bioinformatics:

This track is a blend of wet and dry laboratory.  The dry lab comes with an introduction to bioinformatic tools like BLAST, which gives campers insight into studying protein sequences, conducting comparative analysis of sequences, and the application of computational biology in biomedical research. It will teach the students how mutations can radically change the structure of the proteins, which is a key point in developing personalized medicine.

Students will also have a hands-on experience with Foldit, an online video game developed by University of Washington which illuminates the functional elements of specialized proteins through the process of puzzle solving. The game asks students to fold proteins using acid chemical mechanisms to predict functionality. Campers will get a chance to learn about the origin of the game along with its real life application.

As a part of wet lab, students will also perform protein gel electrophoresis to learn about molecular biology.

Meet the instructor for the track: Andrew Klock





Meet the lead instructor for all three camps: Dr. Alaina Garland.

For grade eligibility and camp logistics, please visit FAQs.


Camp BIOmed, NWABR’s first summer camp was organized from July 7, 2014 to August 15, 2014 with two camp tracts - Protein folding (with Fold-It!) held at University of Washington, and Do-It-Yourself with Neuroscience held at Hive Bio. The camp had an overall student presence of 82 students across six weeks with two instructors, three volunteers to assist the instructors, a volunteer for marketing management and a full time volunteer as camp manager.

Life Center department of University of Washington and FHCRC supported NWABR for the development of the curriculum and the supplies for the two camp themes/tracks.  

Each Friday, both the camps came together at Puget Sound Blood Center Research Institute at Eastlake Avenue to showcase their projects to each other and to the parents. The culminating expo was open to public from 2 PM-4PM. Each camper gave a presentation (Poster/Power Point) and/or a display project. Parents and campers were very impressed with the quality of the work presented by the campers. 

The six week camp was a great success based on good and encouraging feedback from campers and parents.

For information on Camp 2014, click here.

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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