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Coding for Medicine in its Tenth Year

Coding for Medicine is an innovative organization dedicated to teach coding skills to young people based on real-life problems. Our primary areas are biology and medicine, but we also offer interesting modules like "Precalculus Meets Coding" and "Calculus Meets Coding" to teach precalculus/calculus and coding together and "Catching Pokemons with Coding" to teach coding to the middle-school students.

Our highly favoured high-school summer camps are in tenth year now. Over the years, we expanded to many topics and areas. The years 2018-2023 had been particularly exciting.

  • Anne Grodjak, our student from 2017, conducted excellent research for two years under the supervision of Dr. Samanta and reported the findings in this paper. Anne joined MIT in fall 2021. Anne was also the teaching assistant in the 2020 summer modules along with Vanshika Balaji, another of our top students.
  • In 2020, Leo Zou and Athulya Saravanakumar from the Dulles High School, Houston, TX started a Coding for Medicine club for their school to introduce their fellow students to biology-inspired coding. This club has been a great success and several others from high-schools around the country followed their example. If you are interested in starting a similar club at your school, please contact us.
  • In addition to the coding camps, we introduced a biotechnology lab module ("Tinkering with DNA") in 2018, added "Microbial Mysteries" lab in 2019 to explore the microbial world and continued with "Learning Chemistry with Enzymes" in 2023. Just like last year, the lab modules will be held at the Bellevue College in 2024.
  • In the Fall of 2018, we offered the online module "Calculus Meets Coding" for high-schoolers. We continued in Fall 2019, with another online module - "Precalculus with Coding and Animation" for advanced middle-schoolers and high-schoolers.
  • With our students from the 2017 high-school summer camp, we raised money through crowdfunding to uncover the genetic secrets of salmonberry. Research on this project is nearly complete, and we are working on the publication.
  • In late 2018, we initiated online classes on R and bioinformatics for college students and post-doctoral researchers.

  • Mohua Bose, PhD is the founder of Coding for Medicine LLC. She received her PhD in organic chemistry from University of Nebrasaka, Lincoln. Her extensive research experience spans the interface of chemistry and biology such as manipulating proteins and probing biological systems with specifically designed small molecules. Dr. Bose worked on <A href=https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16402807/>cutting edge problems in chemical biology</A> in the lab of Peter G. Schultz at The Scripps Research Institute and then in the lab of Gerald R. Crabtree at Stanford University School of Medicine. She developed low-cost diagnostics for infectious diseases at InBios International Inc, Seattle and now consults in biotechnology for technology commercialization.

    Manoj P. Samanta, PhD has been a bioinformatics researcher for over twenty years, and he published several high-profile papers including the electric eel genome paper. He worked at the NASA Ames Research Center and Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Samanta received his M.S. and PhD from Purdue University, where he conducted research on nanotechnology. He completed his B. Tech. in Electronics and Electrical Communications at the Indian Institute of Technology, where he received the Institute Silver Medal for top academic performance. He was also a member of the Indian national team at the 1989 International Maths Olympiad.