The DIY Vision


The DIY Diagnostics Stream is part of the Freshman Research Initiative, a program that teaches students science through independent research experiences, in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. We are part of the do-it-yourself (DIY) health diagnostics revolution, developing diagnostic tests and building visual interfaces to improve patient health.


Imagine picking up an inexpensive test at the local pharmacy that quickly and easily lets you know if you have a viral or bacterial infection — empowering you to decide if it is worth your time and money to visit a doctor.

Imagine an interactive computer interface that immediately recognizes you are having unintended side affects from your prescription — empowering you to take action weeks before your follow-up doctor visit.

Imagine your phone sends you a message that there is a flu outbreak in your dorm based on data gathered from social networks and flu tracking databases — empowering you to respond by washing  your hands or spending the weekend at your parents!

Now keep imagining, because this is only the beginning . . . 

Be a part of the ongoing revolution of do-it-yourself (DIY) health diagnostics!  Students in this new stream will design and develop inexpensive and easy-to-use medical diagnostic tests intended for the patient to use at home. This democratization of diagnosis will save time and money and help combat the growing cost of health care.  Concurrent with developing diagnostic tests, students will be building virtual interfaces to tap into the power of medical and social data sets for improving patient health. This stream is open to developing diagnostics utilizing any tools available including, but not limited to, biochemical tests, electronics, robotics, and large data sets including social networks.