The engineering class went on an adventure to Dr. Lior Pachter's computational and experimental biological engineering lab at Caltech. Dr. Pachter's lab specializes in single-cell sequencing-based technologies and their application to RNA biology. Students in the senior elective had a chance to meet and interact with Dr. Pachter and his working group, which includes students and postdocs with backgrounds in biochemistry, computer science, genetics, mathematics, molecular biology, physics, and statistics.
The students had a chance to see the same engineering strategies and 3D printer technology that is utilized at Poly being used to sequence and map the RNA and gene expression in response to stress in jellyfish. The techniques used to create these detailed statistical analysis and gene maps may one day provide the path for breakthroughs in battling human cancers and pathogens.