Welcome to my first newsletter of 2021! So excited to share what I've been up to this month, and my plans for the coming month!
Quote of the Month
"Progress is deciding what not to do."
- Jack Butcher
Blood Methylome-Based Epigenetic Clock
This month I continued working on an epigenetic clock passion project where I analyzed blood methylome patterns from a wide range of patients using different ML models to predict their bio-age. This project is still ongoing to look into how I can improve accuracy and how I can explain some interesting observations with the diseased patients, but you can check out the GitHub repository with the Jupyter notebook by clicking the button below!
To validate my idea for targeting cancer stem cells with immunotherapeutic methods (currently leaning towards monoclonal antibodies), I met with Dr. Madhuri Koti, cancer immunotherapy researcher at Queen's University. I got so much valuable insight and clarity on my vision for this project, so I am super thankful for the discussion!
Continuing Work on Text Emotional Analysis Bot for QMIND
This month I continued working on the bot I've been developing with the QMIND team which takes user-highlighted text on a webpage and returns basic data on the sentiment, tone of voice, and information in that text. We are developing this bot with the goal of helping individuals with autism, who might often find it difficult to extract emotional context from text.
Hope to have the bot finished by next month so we can start writing our paper on the project!
Deep Diving Into Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy
Meanwhile, at Biotein, I spent the month deep diving into the chaperone-mediated autophagy pathway and how it impacts neurological ageing and associated disorders like dementia. Super interesting content, and we have an exciting period coming up with validating our work and really getting the project started.
The Immune System: Defending Your Body Is A Full-Time Job
This month I published my first article in my planned series on cancer immunotherapy. This article discusses the basics of immunology, setting the stage for the information that will be built upon in the following articles. Check it out here!