Episode: Episode #4: Fighting Cancer, Programming with Python, & Academic Epidemiology at the NIH with Marshall Scholar Shivani Jain, PhD


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Episode #4: Fighting Cancer, Programming with Python, & Academic Epidemiology at the NIH with Marshall Scholar Shivani Jain, PhD

Astronaut, Ballerina, Miss USA -- the first things she wanted to be as a grown-up.

But then Shivani Jain got a Marshall Scholarship.  Spent a few years in England at humble little institutions like Cambridge.  Now she's finishing a PhD in cancer epidemiology back in the US.  If you looked closely, you could've seen it coming.

"I was that 14-year-old ... doing systematic antioxidant research, pipetting 96-plate wells in tissue culture, a science fair nerd who went to nationals."  She turned down two full scholarships for colleges in the Northeast to design her own inter-disciplinary curriculum at Emory, where we met 6 years ago.  Now, on the Average day: “I spend a lot of my time writing code. I learned on the go and got pretty good at R, Stata, some Python and C++ as well ...  I run logistical regression, sort out datasets, figure them, clean them up, extrapolate meaningful information.”

Listen in as we talk about 'big data', mobile health tech, intuitive-training, precision medicine, mental health, cardiovascular monitoring, perfumery, and programming languages Python vs R, and using machine learning to repurpose generic drugs.  

If you've ever shifted focus or gone through major transition during your PhD, drop Shivani a line at sj392@cam.ac.uk.  I know I would.  She's an awesome person to know & on her way to becoming #TheUltimateDoctor

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