In science we fail so we can succeed – here's my take as a Biomedical Eng. PhD student, data science hobbyist and Elpha Community ManagerFeatured

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Yes! You’re awesome. 🤗Also, I am excited about everything all the time! This gives me the energy and will to go on... even when I sometimes don’t want to.Finally, I recommend that the next movie you watch be Last Holiday ft. Queen Latifah and LL Cool J - Rotten Tomatoes be damned, this movie changed 17 yo Quinn’s life and is actually something I rewatch regularly to remind myself: #YOLO.
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You are a POWER WOMAN!
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Wow Andrea, loved knowing about you! Simply amazing 🤩
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> "My latest “aha” moment was when I realized how much of the data I’m collecting in tissue engineering and cancer research is going unanalyzed. This has caused me to begin learning to code and studying machine learning to study my own and other data sets with a cancer biologist perspective."What's the most counterintuitive thing you've encountered when analyzing all this tissue engineering and cancer research data that was previously under the radar?Also, the path you've described so far in your bio makes me think of what would happen if I were to fuse myself (software engineer) with one of my friends, who is currently studying Translational Medicine at UCSF trying to see where in modern medical practice doctors can apply her research on regenerative tissues (not sure if this is the right term) to the treatment of cancer patients. How can someone without a biology background but with programming experience support my friend in her frield?
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This is amazing.
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Hi! You have great questions and I’m so excited to discuss more with you! It’s hard to say what is counterintuitive as my intuition has changed so much during my time as a PhD. I think overall for myself and many other researchers, we’re looking at what’s going on around the cells, known as the extracellular matrix and/or microenvironment. This area has always been interesting but underrated until recently, there is now data showing these regions may be great for improved diagnostics and treatment. What’s important is - it’s no longer believed that the cancer cells and their genetic mutations tell the whole story. I’m sure your friend is doing awesome research as I’ve seen/read quite a bit on work done at UCSF and their translational med program is so unique and perfect for the growing biomed field. In supporting a friend I think you can first talk to them about what kinds of data they are collecting. I think most people would be amazed to learn how much is done by hand in biomedical research, from counting cells in an image, to pulling specific time point values out of a large data set. We are often trying to automate these things but it can be a lot on top of other research commitments. There are already lots of softwares available but are $$ and not found in the average lab. So see if you can play an advanced role in data analysis and from there ask what they wish they could learn from the data but aren’t sure how to. As researchers we have a lot of hunches but done know where to start.I’d be happy to talk more, feel free to DM me!
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Go Deacs! :) Also, I'm glad Wake has come such a long way in terms of life sciences. My husband was bio major ('07) and they didn't have the opportunities that they do now and he did his PhD elsewhere.
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Your last aha moment is so real! I am going through a kind of similar thoughtful decision/pivoting moment in my career right noe. It seems it is a good moment to land in this amazing community, thank you!