Bioquest: For Students
What you'll learn at the BioQuest Academy
By enrolling into the BioQuest Academy, you will become part of the BioQuest global health community not only for the two weeks (60 hours) that you are physically at the Center for Infectious Disease Research, but throughout your senior year of high school and beyond! You will advance your understanding of infectious diseases and global health, and become part of the community who cares and works towards finding solutions to these problems.
What is included?
- Enjoy lab materials, research notebooks and meals while at BioQuest Academy at NO COST!
What is not included?
- Lodging for distant applicants or participants.
- Transportation and parking costs associated with travel to the downtown Seattle location of Center for Infectious Disease Research
Student testimonials for 2014 Bioquest Academy:
- “It is an AMAZING experience. You learn more in these two weeks than in a year of IB Bio”
- “It helped me find who I want to be through hands-on experience with amazing teachers and peers.
- “A word class facility with amazing Faculty”
- “There is no down side….”
- “It is an incredible unique experience that will prepare you for college and expose you to real careers in global health and biomed.”
- “AMAZING college help advices”
- “You get to meet awesome people. It is super fun”
- “You learn so much even if science is not your “thing”
- “Being surrounded by a PhD teacher inspire (me) to go to College”
Week One: Biomedical Boot Camp!
During the first week of the BioQuest Academy, you will learn through interactive global health lectures, hands on laboratory experiences, movies, and interactions with Center for Infectious Disease Research scientists the following:
- The mission of Center for Infectious Disease Research
- The research areas of Center for Infectious Disease Research
- Lab safety
- Infectious diseases epidemiology
- Your normal microbial flora
- Sterile microbiological culture techniques
- Use of a compound and dissecting microscope
- Liquid handling (micropipetting)
- Anopheles mosquito dissection
- Measuring gene expression and transcription rates
- Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
- Agarose gel electrophoresis
- Gram stain techniques
- Antimicrobials, drug development and testing for resistance
- The human immune system and vaccine development
- Blood separation
- DNA Forensics and restriction fragment analysis
Week Two: BioMedical Immersion!
On the second week of the BioQuest Academy, students will work of one of these team based projects. Students be working on one of the questions listed below and learn the scientific process behind answering scientific questions using real samples from Center for Infectious Disease Research! Don’t worry about the big words and whether you can do this: 100% of Academy students would recommend the BioQuest Academy to applying kids!
- Team HIV
The HIV team, hard at work: How can we measure what is the best vaccine against HIV?
We will explore this question by affinity purification of circulating HIV IgG antibodies from serum, analyzing antibody purity by SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and Western blot analysis, and by measuring antibody titers by ELISA. We will explore how to administer a vaccine that will protect against all HIV clades found throughout the world.
- Team Malaria
The malaria team analyzes data: How can we determine if a malaria vaccine will be protective against all malaria parasites throughout the world? We will explore this question using the power of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to look at the genetic variation in DNA prepared from malaria parasites from different parts of the world. Students will clone these gene fragments, and determine if the protein encoded in these diverse DNA samples would be a reliable vaccine antigen to protect against worldwide malaria.
- Team TB
The tuberculosis team: How does Mycobacterium tuberculosis adapt to life inside the human host? We will explore this question by investigating the impact of their own, unique experimental sample conditions on a safe cousin Mycobacterium smegmatis using molecular techniques such as mRNA extraction, cDNA synthesis and gene expression analysis. Using lab results, students will propose novel drug targets for tuberculosis.
We would like you to take the knowledge and inspiration gained during your time in BioQuest to your school and community and become a global health professional! Center for Infectious Disease Research staff will be there to support you with your senior year steps towards college careers in the biomedical tract, including:
- Assistance and mentorship with common senior year activities (including letters of recommendation, application essay support, scholarship essay support, local college tours) both during the program and throughout your senior year.
- Support with your senior year project related to global health, public health or infectious diseases.
- Access to the BioQuest Academy Facebookpage where we post internships, scholarships and global health news.
- In-school visits and presentations from the BioQuest team!
- Invitations to local public health and global health training sessions and lectures.
- Priority status for Center for Infectious Disease Research volunteering opportunities and internships.