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Medical & Bioscience Research


HShowalterDr. Holly Showalter


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Medical and Bioscience Research is offered during Blocks 1-2 in the spring semester and Blocks 3-4 in the fall semester and spring semester .


Waukee Innovation and Learning Center Research Lab, 295 SE Ashworth Road, Waukee, IA 50263

Course Description

The Medical and Bioscience Research course is hands on, inquiry-based research within health and biosciences including a laboratory component. Students will interact with business partners that have laboratory project needs in the area of tissue cell culture (examples: cancer cells, animal cells or plant cells), DNA, natural products discovery, protein and cellular regulation, diagnostics tests for bacteria, food contamination, fungal disease, and more. These biotechnology concepts can transcend medicine, biology, chemistry and all health and bioscience research career areas. Students will become familiar with using biotechnology equipment such as incubators, laminar flow hoods, pipet technique, gel electrophoresis, purification, and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

Course Guide

Career Opportunities

Students will be connected to industry partners to explore projects and career opportunities such as microbiologist, chemist, parasitologist, zoologist, genetic counselor, botanist, medical and clinical technologist, veterinarian, plant scientist, medical scientist, nurse and physician.