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Evelyn

MEng Master of Engineering candidate

Expertise
history of gene therapy in the biotech field, methods of gene therapy to cure cancer, Reasons tumors are evading our immune system, Relationship between cancer and diet, A study of our immune system, cutting edge therapies to treat cancer, research proposal on cancer treatment

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Scientific Review Paper on 'Reasons tumors are evading our immune system'

In this project, you will read scientific literature to research the various methods tumors use to evade our immune system. Ie. suppressive tumor microenvironment, decreased markers that typically allow immune cells to recognize it, inhibition of molecules that tell immune cells where to find the tumor, etc. This process will teach you the critical skills of finding, accessing, reading, and critically analyzing scientific literature and compiling it into a meaningful review of your own. These are critical skills to learning about new advances in any scientific field.

History of gene therapy

Summary of the history of gene therapy: From the first time scientists discovered they can use viruses to insert genes into cells and the first person to be cured of Bubble boy syndrome via inserting a missing gene to the current cutting-edge gene-modified Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes, which have cured some patients who previously had metastatic tumors and a 30% chance of surviving 5 years. You could tell this story by making a review paper, poster, blog post, or even a podcast. Gene therapy is the future of personalized medicine for any disease, and learning its history is so critical.

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