Immunotherapy: CAR T-Cells and Checkpoints
October 25, 2020 (Noon PST)
In 1966, a sci-fi film titled Fantastic Voyage came to theaters, telling the story of shrinking down a submarine and its crew in order to enter a patient's body and save his life. Now, over 50 years later, this film has inspired an entire generation of scientists and researchers to similarly engineer "micro-submarines" to help cure patients of complex diseases like cancer. This talk will explore this exciting and up-and-coming field of immunotherapy, including one of the most promising technologies in the field: CAR T-Cells.
Hailing from the Bay Area in CA, presenter Michael Yao is a current senior at Caltech studying Applied Physics and Computer Science. His current research interests are in engineering cancer immunotherapies and patient imaging techniques. Michael is hoping to become a physician-scientist in the future.
Machine Learning in Medicine
Sunday, November 1, 2020 (Noon PST)
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Machine learning is a buzzword in the 21st century for so many professionals across diverse areas, with applications ranging from finance to theoretical physics. Medicine has also joined the exploration of this promising field, and a hot topic in modern clinical research is the usage of machine learning techniques to develop predictive models for patient outcome. With its heavy base in statistics and error analysis, machine learning could someday solve pressing issues related to preventative care, and the next generation of healthcare practitioners will benefit from increased familiarity with the “dance of numbers” that data science demands. This talk will explore the practicality of machine learning for the clinic, and the potential for a computer to one day save a life (maybe even your life) in the intensive care unit.
Jaeyoung Kang is a senior in Caltech majoring in Chemistry. He currently researches in the lab of Dr. Jefferson Chen, a Caltech alum and neurosurgeon, at UC Irvine Medical Center. Jaeyoung’s main research focus lies in quantitative approaches to improving the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other related conditions. As a transplant into the Bay Area from Chandler, Arizona, Jaeyoung can often be found enjoying the cooler temperatures while practicing his cello and twirling his Arnis sticks.