Our second ONLINE talk for summer 2022 will be delivered by Neil Chowdhury on Aug 5, 4-5 pm PST.
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
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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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The camp will be held in the newly opened Redmond STEM Center
Address: 13622 NE 20th St Ste C, Bellevue, WA 98005
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.
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.
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.
Registration Closed for this module
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.