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Let’s Light Up Science

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

The goal of this project is to design and employ fluorescent and luminescent biomolecules in innovative ways. We are currently using molecular structure-based design and ensemble analysis to envision applications for these fluorescent biomolecules to detect viral RNA and RNA remodeling in human health.

Experience Gained

Students can expect faculty and research group supported training with emphases in research activities; including developing “design thinking” and scientific method for laboratory experiment preparation, data analysis, and critical thinking.

Methodologies/skills used to achieve project goals:

  • bioinformatics
  • UNIX
  • scripting (e.g. python)
  • professional development and portfolio preparation (e.g. LinkedIn, ICUR meeting, etc.).
  • science communication and outreach
  • data visualization and application of elements of art and principles of design to scientific themes.ign/implementation
  • 3D design
  • coding and coding software
  • design thinking
  • laboratory testing
  • qualitative research methods
  • quantitative research methods
  • writing

Majors and Interests Needed

Any/All majors welcome, but specifically seeking students from these majors:

Anthropology, Art, Bachelor of Applied Science, Biological Sciences, Biomolecular PhD Program, Chemistry-Biochemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundation Studies, Electrical & Computer Engineering, English, Environmental Studies Program, Gaming and Interactive Mobile Media (GIMM), Geosciences, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Literacy, Language & Culture, Materials Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Multidisciplinary Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Teacher Education, Theatre Arts

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Eric Baggs
Postdoctoral Researcher
Phone: (208) 426-3482

Course Information

Full semester course.
Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits in VIP 200, VIP 400, or VIP 500
Team meetings TBD by participants.

Want to join the team?

Please complete this interest form and you will be contacted by the faculty to learn more about their project. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register: search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section with “Let’s Light up Science” as topic name of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number

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