Good Morning and Welcome to Health Care, Maryland

Greetings, class. How are you doing?

Let me resume my training sessions in bioinformatics. Though I’m not yet working at the GeekLabs incubator on the (currently temporary) campus of Boothwyn Magnet School in Washington, D.C., I am still donating my time to the nonprofit startup there.

The classes I teach are intensive, and include a weekly boot camp in data science and my ongoing research into bioinformatics algorithms for clinical trial surveillance and revenue capture. The work is fun, intellectually challenging, and important.

Last summer, I was awarded $10,000 in funding through the National Science Foundation for a two-year research grant. I don’t have final results yet, but I did spend part of my summer at a startup incubator in Silicon Valley, working on a project for the government called WAYVA which is looking to deliver personalized healthcare.

Anyway, we start this quarter — we’ve been teaching these classes for some time, and we’re constantly looking for new instructors. The courses start today and run through October 12, so you can read our syllabus here. These courses will provide an in-depth look at scientific methods, bioinformatics, and many other subjects of interest in the HealthCare fields. Our instructors are a combination of experienced epidemiologists and data scientists, newbies in bioinformatics, and just friends.

This is a hands-on, interactive course for first-time teachers. Every class is taught on a ZebraCam—a small 3D augmented reality experimental model that we use to show real-time, 2D, and 3D trials on complicated disease models such as human hematopoietic stem cell (HSRC) disorders or autism spectrum disorders. These models are created by students and presented on the ZigCam from one end of the room to the other. Our instructor Leigh LeMieux will demonstrate the use of the ZigCam on the course.

We have a variety of labs in the university building. This includes a lung biobank with a very small amount of lung tissue available for testing, a rare disease center, and the medical school library, where we will use a high-field ultrasound (hFIU) probe to observe ventricular enlargement of ventricular malformation (VEM) in mice. Our lab instructor, Adrienne Hoeft, will talk about the importance of describing a sample using full qrtms, and the best method to obtain these parameters with bioinformatics.

Our bioinformatics course, called HIPAA Algorithms in Biomedical Research, will include a one-hour video by bioinformatics instructor Claire Arp, and will lead to a lunch lecture by the course instructor: me.

Congratulations to our 20-plus students and instructors! Each of them is a part of a larger effort to further improve health care. Our goal is to help them move along toward their goals in the HealthCare fields.

And welcome back, Ms. Holmes!

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