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Coding For Medicine Summer Talk - Aug 5,2022

Our second ONLINE talk for summer 2022 will be delivered by Neil Chowdhury on Aug 5, 4-5 pm PST.

Title: Modeling the Effect of Histone Methylation on Chromosomal Organization in Colon Cancer Cells

Neil Chowdhury, of Bellevue, WA, is an incoming freshman at MIT, 2022 Phillips Exeter Academy of Exeter, NH and 5th Place at Regeneron Science Talent Search. Neil is also Odle MS alumni. He also participated in Coding for Medicine coding challenges in 2016.

Neil has done biophysics research with the MIT Mirnylab since 2019, where he uses polymer simulations of chromosomal organization to uncover the molecular machines shaping the 3D genome. Outside of research, he enjoys solving problems in CS, physics, chemistry, and math. Additionally, he was involved with Science Bowl, Peer Tutoring, and FTC Robotics in high school. Neil won 5th place at the Regeneron Science Talent Search, attended the USNCO Study Camp twice, qualified for the USACO Platinum division, and participated in the USAPhO and USAJMO.

Here is a 5-minute video presentation of his project: link

TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK for this talk, please register here: link

Major News/Updates from 2022

1. This year we are adding a summer-long independent research program. This program is free this year, but we plan to have a tiny group of students selected based on merit and genuine interest. This module will not follow our traditional classroom format. Instead the students will work on their own with guidance from an instructor.

The topic of choice for this summer is the immune system and novel technologies to modulate it (such as mRNA vaccines). Students will learn to read technical papers and analyze genomic data related to the immune system. They are expected to develop either informational sites to explain technical papers in simple language or software to process the data.

2. Coding for Medicine clubs are expanding. Last year, Leo Zou and Athulya Saravanakumar, our students from the Dulles High School in Sugarland, TX, started a Coding for Medicine club at their school. Their club is doing well with 18 members and is currently in its second year. This year, another club was started at the Juanita high school in the Washington state. If you are interested in having a Coding for Medicine club at your school, let us discuss.

3. Anne Grodjak, your favorite teaching assistant from the online classes of 2020, joined MIT in the fall of 2021. Anne was not only our student at Coding for Medicine, but she performed excellent research for two years under the supervision of Dr. Samanta and reported the findings in this paper. Anne graduated from Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA.

4. Our current plan for 2022 is to hold zoom/chat-based summer classes like in 2020 and 2021. However, if the local regulations in the Seattle area change, we expect to offer our highly popular lab-based module ("Microbial Mysteries") in-person at the Bellevue College or other convenient location.

Coding for Medicine in 8th 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 "Calculus Meets Coding" to teach calculus and coding together and "Catching Pokemon with Coding" to teach coding to the middle-school students.

Our highly favoured high-school summer camps are in seventh year now. This June, we are again offering online modules based on zoom/chat-based real time sessions.

Join the Genomics Revolution

Dramatic drop in DNA sequencing costs since the human genome project is revolutionizing biology and medicine. Tomorrow's doctors will need to have computational expertise to understand the genomic data, whereas tomorrow's computer scientists will find developing bioinformatics algorithms as their most exciting challenge. You get a glimpse of these advances by following the science of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Everything from developing rapid testing to tracing the global spread of the disease utilizes the genome sequence of the virus.

Coding for Medicine, in collaboration with Coding for Life Science, takes you to the center of that revolution. You will see how the worlds of computer scientists and medical doctors are merging together. We developed a set of courses to give young students the right skills to contribute to this fast-changing scientific world.

Here are our larger objectives.

  1. The living world is vast and full of mysteries. We like to generate interests among the budding scientists like you about the scientifically unexplored corners of the living world,
  2. Research in life sciences and medicine has become computer-intensive. We show you how to think using computers to solve such problems,
  3. We show you how to find open-source codes and biological data and teach you to use efficient collaborative tools like git/github. These skills are relevent for all areas of computing and not just life sciences.

Check here for our other activities.

  • Module 1. Introductory Coding for Medicine

    This hands on module introduces you to the Python programming language through a series of problem solving exercises. Additionally, you learn about the Linux operating system, where to get publicly available genomic data and NCBI BLAST search engine for DNA sequences.

    Just like last year, our this year's theme is coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). You will download its publicly available DNA sequences and write code to analyze it.

    Cost

    $345

    Choice of Sessions

    1. June 6-10, 13-17 (12Noon-2PM CST)

    or,

    2. June 6-10, 13-17 (same as 1)

    or,

    3. July 5-8, 11-15 (11AM-1:15PM CST)

    or,

    4. July 18-22, 25-29 (11AM-1PM CST)

    or,

    5. Aug 1-5, 8-12 (11AM-1PM CST)

    Course Details

    Class Style

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  • Module 2. Intermediate Coding for Medicine

    In this hands on programming course, you will use your Python coding skills to explore genome sequences and find key genes, learn how to develop computer algorithms to analyze genomes and see the big picture of where the new cutting-edge jobs are created for the 21st century.

    After starting with the small coronavirus genome, you will explore the human genome to find information.

    Cost

    $345

    Choice of Sessions

    or,

    1. July 5-8, 11-15 (3-5:15PM CST)

    or,

    2. Aug 1-5, 8-12 (3-5PM CST)

    Course Details

    Class Style

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  • Module 3. Microbial Mysteries (Biotech Lab)

    There is a vast untapped microbial world around us. So far our discoveries have merely scratched its surface. Large-scale genomic sequencing is providing us the opportunity of probing this world at a depth and scale never before possible.

    Microbial Mysteries- a laboratory course will teach the students the skills and techniques of the biotechnology laboratory and how to use them to explore the microbial world. From learning to use the micropipettor and microscope students will grow and culture bacteria, extract genomic DNA, use PCR to amplify DNA and read sequence data.

    Cost

    $625

    The camp will be held in the newly opened Redmond STEM Center

    Address: 13622 NE 20th St Ste C, Bellevue, WA 98005

    Choice of Sessions

    Aug 8-12 (10AM - 3PM)

    Register

  • Module 4. Calculus/Precalculus Meets Coding

    In this module, you will use your coding skills to understand selected fundamental concepts in calculus, precalculus and physics. More specifically, you will combine algebra with the powerful visualization tools of the R programming language to explore various concepts in mathematics. No prior knowledge of R is needed.

    Cost

    $345

    Choice of Sessions

    1. July 18-22, 25-29 (3-5PM CST)

    Course Details

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  • Module 5. Statistical Concepts through Coding

    These days, all areas of science and technology require skills in analyzing large volume of data generated from high-throughput experiments. Data science is an emerging field at the intersection of computing, statistics and basic sciences. In this module, you will take your first dive into data science.

    You will learn to use R programming language and apply it to understand the basic statistical concepts through simulated experiments.

    Cost

    $345

    Choice of Sessions

    1. June 20-24, June 27-July 1 (11AM-1PM CST)

    Course Details

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  • Module 6. (Summer Research) - Advanced Coding for Medicine

    This summer-long module allows the students to read advanced technical documents and perform independent research. Our this year's theme is to understand the immune system and how different novel vaccines like mRNA vaccine modulate the system. At the end of this exercise, we like to create a set of simple tutorials for people without technical skills to follow.

    This module will not follow the regular classroom format. Instead, the students will be working indepedently with guidance from an instructor. Because of the time commitment from both the students and the instructor, the class size is extremely limited, and the students will be selected based on merit and interest.

    Cost

    Currently full.

    Choice of Sessions

    Entire summer

    Registration Closed for this module

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These registrations do not require any payment, and you register to only reserve your priority in the queue. After you register, we will send you payment link by private email.