“Research Rules!” is Whitehouse’s innovative program idea. It’s designed to give his students the opportunity to pursue advanced topics in biotechnology. Up until now, the independent study project is for the honors freshman biology class. Students have had a rare chance to pursue college-level research in a cutting edge laboratory located on the campus of Boston University School of Medicine. Whitehouse’s “Research Rules!” will help bring state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment to their own school’s laboratory. With access to two well-equipped laboratories, students will gain command of the basic laboratory skills required to conduct high level research. Skills such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology, bacterial transformation, viral protocols, and plant DNA prep and modification. Ultimately, once the students master the skills and launch their projects, they will send their findings for consideration to be published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators, a publication published by Harvard University. Whitehouse lives in Cohasset.