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PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Immunology, Cancer Immunology, Cancer Immunotherapy, Drug development, scientific writing, creative multi-media, creative writing
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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.

Cancer Immunology Review Paper

This project will focus on learning how to do literature searches and to read scientific research articles. We will work together to narrow the topic of the paper to a manageable size (less than 50 references), and prepare for submission to a high school level journal (e.g. Columbia Junior Science Journal). Throughout the project, we will learn basic science, understand experimental design, and be able to critically think about scientific assumptions.

Creative Media in Biology or Chemistry

This project will focus on learning how to make media (video/audio) using a free video editing program, where the topic of the creative piece will be centered on a fundamental topic in biology or chemistry. We would work together to narrow the scope of the topic so that the final piece (video and/or audio) is 5 min or less.

Exploring Immune Memory - Creative Writing

Write a short story based on the immune system and how it remembers the past to better protect you in the future, and what happens to your body when your immune system malfunctions.


"I loved working with Maura on my research project- she was an amazing mentor with a vast amount of knowledge on the subject I was researching. She helped explain advanced concepts and gave me tons of feedback on my project. Despite this being my first research paper, I felt comfortable writing it under Maura's guidance."

Sriya from Mountain View, CA
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