Pipelines of the Human Body
Sunday, November 15, 2020 (Noon PST)
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The lymphatic system is the unsung hero of the body, always functioning yet obscure in many ways. Only recently has the scientific community started to understand its functions and some of its really interesting features. Indeed, it is involved in such important functions as digestion, maintaining fluid pressure in tissues, and serving as a superhighway for the immune system. It's more than just the "piping" of the body and, in many respects, is much more interesting than the circulatory system. Join us to learn more about the interesting work that is currently going on to unearth the beauty of these structures.
George Daghlian is a recent graduate from Caltech with a BS in Biology. His current research interests include understanding the dynamic lymphatic structures within the central nervous system and within the eye. He is currently applying to MD/PhD programs with hopes of pursuing surgery. When he's not in lab, George enjoys 3D printing, playing the piano, and watching movies with his siblings.
Navigating Medicine: The MCAT
Sunday, November 8, 2020 (Noon PST)
Pathways of pursuing a career in the health sciences and healthtech can often be long and branching. There are many things that go into the process during college and even as early as high school. In this talk, we’ll explore one essential component of these pathways: the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), which is a requirement for all students to take in order to attend medical school in the United States. We will discuss the fundamentals and formatting of the test, how to best prepare for the exam, and what steps you can even take during high school to set yourself up for success in the future.
Allison Chae graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2020 with a BA in Biology and minor in Accounting. A SoCal native, she is currently working as an MCAT Content Developer at Blueprint, an MCAT test preparation company. Allison is currently applying to medical school.
Machine Learning in Medicine
Sunday, November 1, 2020 (Noon PST)
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.
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.