Camp BIOmed Information



Camp BIOmed is a week-long science summer camp for high school students interested in biomedical or health science careers. Camps will take place July 13th to August 21 2020. 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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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.

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, heart dissection, latent fingerprinting and blood spatter analysis. They will also do a pig heart dissection. 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!



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.


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.

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. 

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.


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.   

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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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