Extract DNA, Examine The Human Brain And Explore Cutting-Edge, Local Research At Life Sciences Research Weekend, November 6-8

Oct 3, 2015

By Reitha Weeks Ph.D., Life Sciences Research Weekend Program Lead


Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist, handle real lab equipment, touch a human brain or learn how new drugs are developed? You can do it all at Life Sciences Research Weekend!

Companies and research institutions from around the state will acquaint you with innovative life sciences research through hands-on activities reflecting their research. Bring your curiosity, join in the fun. Leave excited about science and impressed with the researchers that make it happen.

Three of the groups that you will meet at Life Sciences Research Weekend are from Washington State University (WSU), Phytelligence and University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing.

Phytellligence is a company from Pullman that formed from WSU’s Horticulture Department, under the leadership of Dr. Amit Dhingra. Students from WSU and researchers from Phytelligence will show how plant breeding, genetic testing, and optimized growing conditions have contributed to better flavor, nutrition, and faster growth in fruits like apples and grapes. Guests will extract DNA from plants and see how different lights affect plant growth.

Have you always wanted to see a human brain? Plan to visit the UW School of Nursing’s activity table! Dr. Trez Buckland and Jenny Williamson, project director with the School of Nursing Education Outreach, will be present to answer your questions, explain how the brain sends messages and how drugs can interfere with those messages.

“We are so grateful for people who were willing to donate their brains for use in education. The brain is an amazing organ!” says Dr. Buckland. “The thing I like best about Life Sciences Research Weekend is the opportunity to interact with the public and help them learn how cool neurobiology really is.”

Scientists who create and plan table activities recognize the importance of hands-on learning. With hundreds of guests each day, scientists gladly explain their research to future scientists of all ages. Their excitement and passion for their work is evident while they introduce you to their favorite topics, including human genetics, nanotechnology, the immune system, and the heart.

Meet scientists from 25 companies and research institutions, including Emergent Biosolutions, inviCRO Seattle, Pacific NW Diabetes Research Institute, Phytelligence, WSU Horticulture, and UW Medicine. View a complete list of participants.

Life Sciences Research Weekend is November 6-8 and is included with general admission to Pacific Science Center. Join us on Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to check out other related exhibits such as GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body and Meet Your Microbes! inside The Studio within Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness.