Plasma Medicine

Global Challenge

Plasma is the fourth state of matter, an ionized gas containing ions, electrons, and neutral gas particles. A new area of research uses plasma for bio-medical applications including wound healing, bacterial disinfection, and tissue engineering. Our group will study the use of plasma for treatment of chronic wound healing. The research team will consist of a student group of engineers, biologists, and chemists to work on the multi-disciplinary aspects of such a treatment.

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Experience Gained

Faculty researchers will support the research group and provide training. Students will meet in a 1-2 credit course each semester where they will be trained in research activities including laboratory experimental preparation, data analysis, and critical thinking. Through this, they will learn the important aspects of modern research in multi- disciplinary teams, of professional communication, and of team leadership.

Majors or Interests Needed

We’re looking for students with the following majors or interests:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

VIP Coaches Information

Dr. Jim Browning is the Chair and Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Contact  Full bio at

Dr. Don Plumlee is the Chair and Associate Professor in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering,and  manages the Ceramic MEMS research laboratory. Contact  Full bio at

Dr. Julia Oxford is a Professor in Biology and Director of Boise State’s Biomolecular Research Center. Contact Full bio at

Dr. Ken Cornell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Associate Director of the Biomolecular Research Center.  Contact Full bio at 

Course Information

Full semester course or a 2nd 8 week course. 1-2 credits for VIP  200, VIP 400, or VIP 500 level.
Team meets Fridays 3:00-3:50 pm

Here is how to join the team

For more information and to request a permission number to register, contact the coach related to your major or interest. (see above)