Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST)


Building the Alaska BLaST Program

Our BUILD-funded Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program will enhance capacity for undergraduate biomedical research training and efficacy for engaging students from diverse, especially rural Alaskan, backgrounds in education and training for biomedical research careers.

NIH Diversity Statement 
Every facet of the United States scientific research enterprise—from basic laboratory research to clinical and translational research to policy formation–requires superior intellect, creativity and a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints. NIH’s ability to help ensure that the nation remains a global leader in scientific discovery and innovation is dependent upon a pool of highly talented scientists from diverse backgrounds who will help to further NIH's mission.

Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. There are many benefits that flow from a diverse NIH-supported scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the researchers, advancing the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in, and benefit from health research, and enhancing public trust.


Five BLaST graduates
Nikola Nikolic
Congratulations on your graduation!

Current Scientist of the Month

flyer with scientist of the month Kaia Victorino


2024-2025 Undergraduate Research Experience
Earn up to $6,000 (Dependent on funding)
Applications accepted April 8 – May 27, 2024



Medicine based on the application of the principles of the natural sciences and especially biology. Biomedicine is also the application of the principles of the natural sciences, especially biology, to clinical medicine or public health.
The customary and traditional harvest, processing, and use of wild resources for food, raw materials, tools, and other purposes have provided for the cultural, spiritual, physical, and economic survival of Alaska Native peoples for over ten thousand years. The Alutiiq, Unangan, Ahtna, Deg Hit’an, Dena'ina, Gwich’in, Han, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Lower Tanana, Tanacross, Upper Tanana, Upper Kuskokwim, Eyak, Haida, Inupiat, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Yupik, and Siberian Yupik nations are the first peoples of Alaska. Upon arrival, over the past couple of centuries, many Euro-Americans have also adopted aspects of these subsistence practices, especially in rural Alaska.
One Health emphasizes that human, animal and environmental health are inextricably linked, and it promotes a strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications to attain optimal health for all. Join us at the One Health Seminars to hear speakers present their research on Mondays from 4-5pm held at the Murie Auditorium - UAF. One Health is also now a separate department, and you can find their information here