Traditionally, the term life sciences has referred to several branches of science, such as biology, medicine, anthropology, or ecology, that describe living organisms and their organization... Read more
Over a weekend, students, faculty, and staff gathered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to analyze data related to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The “HackEbola” teams were given large data sets to analyze and develop models to better understand the spread of the epidemic.
The Ebola virus outbreak is unpredictable and tests that are currently used can only diagnose infection typically 8-21 days after infection. The person may already be contagious by that stage, thus, diagnostic tools that can detect early onset of the disease are needed to containing this outbreak.
Life sciences is a wide and dynamic field that is being energized by other disciplines. The boom that has been already observed in the bio-medical domain is extending to other areas of life sciences, accompanied by many career opportunities and more exciting challenges for educational institutions.
One researcher’s journey from student to professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).