Nov
15
2013

What makes an Investment a Good Investment

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It is strongly recommended that Todd Foley does not invest in Centagenetix. The company is very ambitious, however, it rests on top of an unstable foundation. When you see such a company that has ambitions in a commercialized setting, you must produce results fast and have deliverables on time. When the research obtains funding from an external source, then the work the company puts out must meet deadlines and expectations. Science done in a commercialized [...]

Sep
23
2013

MCAT Nightmares, But Why?

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What is a MCAT and what does it stand for? The MCAT, Medical College Admissions Test, is a standardized test that college students take for medical school. That sounds hard! But in fact it isn’t! Many students have different beliefs about the exam. Some believe that it is the key to the doors into your medical school and others believe that it is just any regular exam you take in college. To find out what [...]

Apr
16
2013

A Letter to a Friend: Is Gene Patenting Wrong?

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Oh! You got me started! So being at a biotech school, I am well aware of this issue. Of course, the question is, can we patent life? And more specifically, can we patent genes? Of course, if they are a product of nature, then no one could claim ownership of it, and thus, not patentable. However, this all changed in 1980 with Diamond v. Chakrabarty. The conclusion was that if something was modified in lab, in [...]

Apr
13
2013

A Letter to a Female Colleague

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“It is without a doubt that your efforts will be met with success, not because those two events are following the laws of probability where an amalgamation is ultimately inevitable, but because your efforts and dedication is creating a biased attraction to that success. The fact that you are pursuing science and having such a leadership role in it is a celebration of many achievements. A strong woman in science with your ethnical background should [...]

Jan
25
2013

The Importance of Sleep

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Seems really hypocritical for me to say this, but here it goes. Sleep is important. Well, why would it be hypocritical? Well, for those of you that know me, I used to (still do at times) shun sleep. I think that opposite of sleep is productivity, and with too much sleep comes no productivity. Of course, logically speaking, without any sleep, you will never be productive. I know, I have been told that many times [...]

Jan
1
2013

New Years Post

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Sep
19
2012

KGI Academic Experience Update

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Hello Stress Benders! I hope all is well. I can go in an extreme amount of detail, but I guess I will save that for when we meet in the near future. Let me begin to update you with the academics I am involved in here at KGI. The two science courses I am taking include: molecular biotechnology and a class called in vitro diagnostics. In molecular biotechnology, we talk about how molecular biotechnology impacts [...]

Sep
1
2012

Recap of my KGI Orientation Experience: Foreshadowing

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“KGI takes the traditional science PhD program and turns it on its head. KGI prepares students for what they will face in the industry. In the real world, you have to have business, people skills and science to get a product to market.” -Dennis Fenton ( executive vice president of process development, operations, and quality at Amgen) It has been almost two weeks since I have started my orientation at KGI, but it feels like it [...]

Aug
25
2012

Pharmacogenomics: Making Medicine More Personal

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In an attempt to increase the efficacy of drugs, the pharmaceutical industry has shifted its focus to emphasize the idea of personalized medicine, or pharmacogenomics. The idea is rather simple: we have two different patients suffering from the same diagnosis. So what is the most reasonable and logical thing to do? Well, historically, it has been to prescribe the same medication for these patients of course. I mean, why would this not make sense, right? [...]

Aug
21
2012

My Last Day at Riverside: Not Merely a Means to an End

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    I sit here on my last day at UCR and thus, I am compelled to write.   How do I begin to write about an opportunity so life-changing and so dynamic? Or more so, how do I start? I met so many great people here and I have met my life-long friends at UCR. I met friends who supported me throughout my college experience and I met friends who saw me as their [...]

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