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Omar A

- Research Program Mentor

Doctorate of Medicine


Medicine, Surgery and Chemistry

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.

Developing theoretical pathophysiological models

Many clinical case review studies find significant correlations between risk factors and surgical outcomes (i.e prolonged corticosteroid administration and increased postoperative infections). However, some studies do not have any explanations for these observed clinical patterns. In this project, we will find a case study that finds a significant clinical correlation. We will then conduct a thorough literature search, as well as a deep dive into human biology to come up with a theoretical pathophysiological model to explain these findings. In addition, we may design and outline a prospective basic or clinical study that can assess our model.

Health Related Data Analysis

Many reputable sites such as publish public data that can be mined for significant clinical associations. For example, are you interested in microbiology? We can analyze West Nile Virus ( a rare infectious pathogen) cases in California. We can look at the time of year these cases were discovered as well as the county they were diagnosed. We can then describe any significant findings we find, and build a model that can explain these findings.


"Omar was an amazing mentor that guided me from the beginning of my project, to the very end. I couldn't ask for a better mentor."


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