Dustin Shipp

Faculty Member

Dustin Shipp


I received a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University. I then moved on to the University of Rochester for a Ph.D. in Optics. My dissertation research focused on using light scattering to measure the sizes of cellular organelles.

After a quick stint teaching physics at Rochester Institute of Technology, I spent three years as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. During that time, I developed devices to aid doctors in assessing tumor margins during surgery.

I started at UVU in 2018. I teach biophysics, experimental laboratory skills, and introductory physics. In all of my courses, I focus on active learning and practical applications.

My research is in biomedical optics - using light to learn about living things. We use a lot of Raman spectroscopy, which uses light to non-invasively measure the molecular content of samples. Our samples include cells, bacteria, tissues, homemade tissue phantoms, microplastics, and graphene.


Ph D, University of Rochester, 2014

Major: Optics

BS, Brigham Young University, 2008

Major: Physics


PHYS 2700

Biophysics, Spring 2024

PHYS 2020

College Physics II PP, Spring 2024

PHYS 2210

Physics for Scientists and Engineers I PP, Spring 2024


Ballantyne, Eliza (Author Only), Cruz, Alexandra (Author Only), Rocks, Sally (Author Only), Shipp, Dustin (Presenter & Author), SciX, "Identification of environmental microplastics using Raman spectroscopy", Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS), Raleigh, North Carolina. (October 20, 2024)
Lizio, Maria Giovanna (Author Only), Liao, Zhiyu (Author Only), Shipp, Dustin W (Author Only), Boitor, Radu (Author Only), Mihai, Raluca (Author Only), Sharp, James S (Author Only), Russell, Matthew (Author Only), Khout, Hazem (Presenter & Author), Rakha, Emad A (Author Only), Notingher, Ioan (Author Only), Association of Breast Surgery Conference, "Employing total internal reflection AF spectral imaging and Raman spectroscopy for margin assessment_ An innovative technological approach", Association of Breast Surgery, Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (May, 2024)
Ballantyne, Eliza (Presenter & Author), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), Idaho-Utah Section, AAPT, "Impact of Student Created Homework Problems in Physics Classrooms", American Association of Physics Teachers, Orem, Utah. (April 13, 2024)
Shipp, Dustin , Symposium on Teaching and Learning, "Online Physics, but Not in a Vacuum", Utah Valley University. (March 28, 2024)
Ballantyne, Eliza (Presenter & Author), Shipp, Dustin (Presenter & Author), Symposium on Teaching and Learning, "Student-designed Homework in Introductory Physics", Utah Valley University. (March 28, 2024)
Stringham, Seth (Presenter & Author), Elison, Audrey (Author Only), Shurtleff, Kevin (Author Only), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR), "Analysis of Graphene Samples Using a 785nm Raman Spectrometer and Construction of a Carbon Spectral Library", Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research, Orem, UT. (February 16, 2024)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Hales, Jordyn , Jones, Jessica , Shipp, Dustin , (2021) "The effect of scattering on spatial resolution of Raman spectroscopy in tissue" . Biophotonics Congress_ Optics in the Life Sciences.
Shipp, Dustin , Xia, Jun , Choe, Regine , (2021) "Raman Microscopy in Biomedical Optical Imaging_ From Nanoscopy to Tomography" . Melville, NY: AIP Publishing.
Boitor, Radu , de Wolf, Coen, Array , Weesie, Frank , Shipp, Dustin , Varma, Sandeep , Veitch, David , Wernham, Aaron , Koloydenko, Alexey , Puppels, Gerwin , Nijsten, Tamar , Williams, Hywel C., Caspers, Peter , Notingher, Ioan , (2021) "Clinical integration of fast Raman spectroscopy for Mohs micrographic surgery of basal cell carcinoma" (Issue: 4, vol. 12). Biomedical Optics Express.
Lizio, Maria , Liao, Zhiyu , Shipp, Dustin , Biotor, Radu , Mihai, Raluca , Sharp, James , Russell, Matthew , Khout, Hazem , Rakha, Emad , Notingher, Ioan , (2021) "Combined total internal reflection AF spectral-imaging and Raman spectroscopy for fast assessment of surgical margins during breast cancer surgery" (Issue: 2, vol. 12). Biomedical Optics Express.
Durrant, Bianca , Trappett, Matthew , Shipp, Dustin , Notingher, Ioan , (2019) "Recent developments in spontaneous Raman imaging of living biological cells" (vol. 51). Current Opinion in Chemical Biology.
Shipp, Dustin , Rakha, Emad A., Koloydenko, Alexey A., Macmillan, R. Douglas, Ellis, Ian O., Notingher, Ioan , (2018) "Intra-operative spectroscopic assessment of surgical margins during breast conserving surgery" (Issue: 69, vol. 20). Breast Cancer Research.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EID) Committee Champion

UVU Champions of Inclusion - April 27, 2023

Awarded to the College of Science EID Committee for advancing the core themes of equity, inclusion, and diversity both within the college and throughout the university.

Flexible Teaching Awards - 1st Place Best Design

Office of Teaching and Learning - April 22, 2022

Flexible Teaching Awards - 2nd Place Best Delivery

Office of Teaching and Learning - April 22, 2022


Higher Education Academy - April 2, 2019