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About Us

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 to improve patient and environmental health.

The DIY Diagnostics stream aims to produce simple diagnostics that can be used by people with no medical or scientific training. Our inspiration is the home pregnancy test. We do not adhere to any particular technology platforms and attempt to create diagnostics using any combination of the following; molecular biology, chemistry, electronics, and computer programming. Educationally, the DIY diagnostic stream emphasizes the iterative nature of prototype development along with the power of teamwork to solve difficult problems. DIY believes that all students join the stream with unique backgrounds and skill sets that are assets to the research team. DIY nurtures these individual skill sets both to build student confidence and to foster a more creative environment.

The DIY Diagnostics Stream engages freshman science students in the design and development of inexpensive and easy-to-use medical, public health, and industry diagnostic tests at The University of Texas at Austin.

Course Details

COURSE CREDIT Spring Semester: NSC 109 (Conference Course-FRI) AND CH 204 (Intro to Chemical Pract-FRI)   OR    BIO 206L (Lab Exp Bio: Strc/Func Org-FRI) Fall Semester: BIO 377  OR   CH 369K  OR   CS 378 Who is this stream for? Science majors looking for computer experience Computer Science… read more 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about what the stream is about or how to join, don’t hesitate to contact: Dr. Tim Riedel triedel@utexas.edu Research Educator Office in Painter Hall PAI 3.04N (512) 232-8346 office