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.

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Highlights of our Undergraduates, Graduates, LRTTs, Faculty Members and Partners in our program.


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.