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Eric G

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Princeton University


Biology, Cancer, Immunology, Machine Learning, Data Science, Exercise & Health Sciences, Nutrition, Graphic Art, Videography, Photogrpahy


My background in experimental biology, where I studied everything from turtles in the wild, diabetes in mice, fluorescent bacteria. Now I do all of my research with computer programing and analyze large biological datasets both for human cancers and the immune system. My current research focuses on the development of machine learning (computer) models which are used for designing vaccines against human cancers. My hobbies include all artistic things; painting, graphic design, videography, photography, pottery, playing guitar. I also love long distance running. I am currently training to run a Marathon race in Brooklyn, New York next year.

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.

Analysis of Immune Cell Types that Exist in Human Cancers

Our immune system has many different players (cell types) and they all have different functions and work together to keep the body safe. When something foreign enters the body, like a virus or even cancer mutations, the immune system gets activated and different cell types start to travel to detect the foreign entity. In cancerous tumors, many different immune cell types are found inside the tumor. It is currently a hot area of research to understand what role the different cell types are playing in the interaction with cancer; some combinations of cell types may be protective for the individual, and some combinations may put the breaks on the anti-tumor immune response. A potential project could involve analyzing data of immune cell types in tumors and looking for any patterns that make sense given what is known about each immune cell types in the scientific literature.

Coding skills

python, R, tensorflow, sci-kit learn

Languages I know

Mandarin Chinese, Beginner


Work experience

University of Michigan (2012 - 2014)
Research Technician


Alma College
BS Bachelor of Science (2012)
Biology and Chemistry
Princeton University
MA Master of Arts (2015)
Molecular Biology
Princeton University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Molecular Biology and Computer Science

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