(#109) Transitional Cancer Research
This unique 8-week remote research program is designed for high school and undergraduate students who would like to develop skills in conducting cancer research. Students will have one-on-one sessions with a mentor who has taught several classes at the high school and college level. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are excited to learn something new, and want to do a patient-oriented research. All you need to bring with you for this project is curiosity and lots of questions. The mentor can assist students to create a poster/presentation to be presented at science fairs and scientific conferences.
Histologically oriented approach in diagnosis and classification has posed a number of problems. For example, tumors with similar morphologies may exhibit different prognoses and responses to treatment. However, in the last two decades, understanding of molecular alterations in the disease has advanced substantially. An understanding of the genomic profiles of patients can have significant implications on diagnostic and therapeutic advancements. With this view in mind, potential projects in this program could include studying frequently altered genes in brain tumor with a focus on diagnosis, tumor progression, and prognosis. However, students will have the flexibility to select a topic that interest them the most. The Mentor is open to research interests provided by the student.
Students will have hands-on experience in acquiring, managing, analysing and visualizing datasets from publicly available databases.
The mentor will help the students in developing a research question to work on, ascertaining the right statistical tools and interpret their research findings.
In-depth literature review in the field of cancer research
An understanding of genetical aspects of cancer research and the disease pathogenesis
Facets of the diagnostic criteria, clinical attributes and the signalling pathways
Identification of research gaps and developing research ideas
The concepts of research methodologies
Application of web-based tools
Insights into molecular biology techniques
The importance of proper controls and statistical significance
The program will be for 8 weeks with the goal to present a completed project at the end. Mentoring will be once a week (1-hour online class) with the option to increase frequency, or duration as mentor and mentee see fit. Students are expected to dedicate 10 - 15 hours per week of independent research, commit to completing weekly tasks as assigned, to be curious and unafraid to ask questions. The scope and success will depend on each individual student’s commitment. A hardworking and driven spirit is essential for optimal experience in this course.
About the Mentor
The mentor has worked in the labs that ranged from molecular biology to clinical genetics and has been conducting research in clinical settings. He received his Ph.D. from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), India, in 2019. He worked as a Biochemist at NIMHANS (2011 - 2012). Prior to joining NIMHANS, he worked as a Junior Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, India (2009 – 2010). He is a published scholar and his interest lies broadly in the field of clinical genetics.
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