Dustin Shipp

Faculty Member

Professor 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 2210

Physics for Scientists and Engineers I PP, Summer 2022

PHYS 4100

Biophysics, Spring 2022

PHYS 2020

College Physics II PP, Spring 2022

PHYS 2020

College Physics II PP, Spring 2022


West, Sav (Presenter & Author), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, "Analyzing biochemical changes in pork tissue using Raman spectroscopy", American Physical Society, Online. (January 23, 2022)
Hales, Jordyn (Presenter & Author), Jones, Jessica (Author Only), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), OSA Biophotonics Congress, "The effect of scattering on spatial resolution of Raman spectroscopy in tissue", The Optical Society (OSA), Online. (April 14, 2021)
Lagunas, Priscilla (Presenter & Author), Rivera, Haidy (Presenter & Author), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Meeting, "Tissue phantom study to characterize detection of cancer cells with Raman spectroscopy", Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Online. (March 20, 2021)
Durrant, Array (Presenter & Author), Bennion, Sean (Author Only), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research, "Raman spectroscopic analysis", Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research, Online. (February 19, 2021)
Walker, Emmalee (Presenter & Author), Carroll, Daniel (Presenter & Author), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), Teaching 4 Learning, "Making lab classes count", Intermountain Consortium for Faculty Development (ICFD), Provo, UT. (March 6, 2020)
Durrant, Bianca (Presenter & Author), Bennion, Sean (Author Only), Shipp, Dustin (Author Only), Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research, "Building a classifier to discriminate bacteria with Raman spectroscopy", Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research, Logan, UT. (February 7, 2020)

Scholarly/Creative Works

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.
Shipp, Dustin , (2021) "Raman Microscopy in Biomedical Optical Imaging_ From Nanoscopy to Tomography" . Melville, NY: AIP Publishing.
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.
Corden, Christopher J., Shipp, Dustin , Matousek, Pavel , Notingher, Ioan , (2018) "Fast Raman spectral mapping of highly fluorescing samples by time-gated spectral multiplexed detection" (Issue: 23, vol. 43). OPTICS LETTERS.
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" (vol. 20). BREAST CANCER RESEARCH.
Boitor, Radu , Kong, Kenny , Shipp, Dustin , Varma, Sandeep , Koloydenko, Alexey , Kulkarni, Kusum , Elsheikh, Somaia , Schut, Tom Bakker, Caspers, Peter , Puppels, Gerwin , van der Wolf, Martin, Array , Sokolova, Elena , Nijsten, T. E. C., Array , Salence, Brogan , Williams, Hywel , Notingher, Ioan , (2017) "Automated multimodal spectral histopathology for quantitative diagnosis of residual tumour during basal cell carcinoma surgery" (Issue: 12, vol. 8). BIOMEDICAL OPTICS EXPRESS.


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