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Minho Beak

Class of 2024Irvine, California


Hello! My name is Minho Beak, a student greatly interested in studying the workings of our mind. As a student who values studying biology at a deeper level, I think it is important to understand not only our actions, but our thoughts, our values, and culture. Even time is a core concept many look over but I believe plays a critical role in daily life.


  • "Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare" with mentor Rami (Sept. 28, 2023)
  • "A Comprehensive Review of Memory and the Passage of Time" with mentor Jessica (Oct. 12, 2023)

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Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare

Started Aug. 10, 2023

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This Pod will have a one week break in sessions and will not hold a session on September 20th. The program will instead conclude on September 27th.

The idea of gene editing might sound like something out of a science fiction movie… how would you even start to think about changing the DNA that gives the trillions of cells in your body instructions on how to function properly? In this pod, you’ll dive into the world of genetics and gene editing and explore the potential for gene editing use in human health and disease applications. Through this process, you’ll learn about conducting research, the cutting-edge technologies allowing for gene editing, and the ethics of manipulating the human genome.

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A Comprehensive Review of Memory and the Passage of Time

Started July 19, 2023

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Time and memory are linked and have a unique important relationship which helps us self-reflect and grow as independently-thinking individuals. For example, with focus and attention, there is an exhibition of different neural signatures, meaning there is a difference to retention of short term and long term memories depending on our focus on certain topics. With such activations within our nervous system, our subjective experience of time can also be influenced, speeding up or slowing down our perception depending on the activation. Investigation of time and memory is important to be studied because it links our past vs our future, which is an important aspect in understanding the human experience. Taking into consideration 9 main articles, this review paper delves into the dynamics of cognition to enhance our mental capabilities. Overall, understanding all of the aspects of time and memory aid in the discovery of treatments and prevention for neurodegenerative diseases.