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Amelia

MPhil Master of Philosophy

Expertise
biology (cellular and molecular, especially microbiology), podcasting
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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.

What is Life?

At first glance, it seems easy to tell apart living and non-living objects, but this distinction gets difficult at the boundaries. This project would entail: - Researching various definitions of life, possibly including interviews with experts in the field. - Researching organisms that break one or more of the "rules" of living beings, possibly including interviews with experts in the field. (Most of these I am aware of are microbes, but not all of them. Depending on student interest, this could also develop into an exploration of AI "aliveness.") - Creating a way to share the findings. This could be a series of blog posts, videos, podcast episodes, or a research paper.

Better understanding COVID-19

Much about COVID-19 is still unknown, and much of the knowledge we do have is difficult to find or understand for people who don't have a strong interest in biology or health policy. There is a huge opportunity to: - Investigate any aspect related to COVID-19 or the pandemic's impacts. - Assemble that knowledge in an easy-to-understand manner. - Use that knowledge to educate your community. This could take the form of a policy proposal submitted to your local government. Additionally, this could be a series of blog posts, videos, podcast episodes, or a research paper.

Coding skills

Python, R