1️⃣ Research grants
I'll be looking into new research grants to fund my algae experiment. From basic calculations, I figured out that I'll be needing about $5,000 for the materials and equipment.
If you know of grants or programs that I could apply to, please contact me at email@example.com or via LinkedIn!
Or, if you know of tissue engineering/bioprinting companies that'd be willing to sponsor some materials for my work, please let me know as well!
2️⃣ Deeeeeeply learning machine learning
My goal in my machine learning project is to build a level of knowledge in the field so that I could conduct research in the filed in the next couple of years. After taking the advice from Arnav Shah, I'll be investing my next 2-3 months into learning the math and foundational knowledge on machine learning from the bottom up through textbooks like Mathematics for Machine Learning.
If you know of a machine learning researcher that I could talk to for advice and guidance through my journey, please contact me as in the above!
3️⃣ Getting C2C12 cell culture training
My algae experiment uses a cell species called C2C12, which is a continuously dividing mouse muscle cell. To get some basic experience in culturing the cell in preparation for my experiment, I've been reaching out to local labs for training opportunities.
After some searching and emailing, I was graciously introduced to Dr. Supriya Prasanth from the UIUC through Mr. Bergandine and Ms. Smyser from my high school. A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Prasanth then connected me to Dr. Jie Chen from the UIUC, whose work specializes in C2C12 cells.
This month, I'll be getting some cell culture training at Dr. Chen's lab for a 1-2 weeks.
4️⃣ I'm back on medium!
Although I'm not necessarily creating ML projects anymore, I'll still be publishing content to share my learnings.
I've recently encountered several really interesting papers in biology and machine learning (kept as secret for now to prevent spoilers 🤫) that I'm dying to share with my readers. And this means ...
Yes, you should be expecting several articles on my blog about these research in the next few weeks.
5️⃣ Reading books
Lately I've realized how important books are in preparing me to become successful in the long-term future. This is why I decided to pick up the books again and enlighten myself with all the wisdom in the world.
Although I haven't decided on the exact book yet, here're some candidates I'm considering:
- Homo Deus (recommended by a lot of people I respect, plus Isabella Grandic's amazing article on it)
- Delivering Happiness (recommended by Navid Nathoo)
- Something Deeply Hidden (recommended by Eric Ladizinsky, the Chief Scientist at D-Wave)
However, I'm always open to new recommendations, so please share if you know of good readings on philosophy, education, science, or just anything inspiring/captivating!