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Jordan D

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Pharmaceutical sciences, nanomedicines, drug delivery, virology, cancer biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, biotechnology, biotech entrepreneurship

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.

Invisible Giants: Exploring the World of Viruses

Guided by a mentor who has previously engineered viruses into potential anti-cancer therapies, this is an exceptional opportunity for an enterprising student to dive into learning about the world of virology ― a cutting-edge scientific field that holds the key to many of tomorrow's medical breakthroughs. Embarking on this project with JD means the student has unparalleled access to a virology expert while directing their own project on whatever aspect of viruses they'd love to explore including ― but not limited to ― a) the unique infective properties of different viral classes; b) their mutational evolution; c) the molecular dance they play with the immune system; and d) how viruses ultimately impact public health. Over the 10 sessions with JD, the student will select a virology topic of interest and conduct background studies through secondary research ― including PubMed, Wikipedia & Google searches ― to gain mastery of that unique topic. This work will be aimed at preparing for the submission either of a review paper for publication or a Medium / Substack article with JD's feedback. As a teaser of how a student will leverage their burning curiosity to tackle the questions regarding viruses they've always had, imagine a friend recently told you the common myth that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) emerged after infecting a human who directly interacted with a monkey. Instead of just accepting that assumption, however, you'll have JD to assist in helping you craft a project studying the origins of HIV-1, learn about the process of viral transmission across species & relate that knowledge directly to the history of the global HIV-1 pandemic to arrive at your own conclusions as a junior virologist investigating these invisible giants.

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