This pandemic is a historic use case for nucleic acid vaccines

A year where decades happened in Biomedical Research

We saw companies working on repurposing drugs for treating the virus present libraries of potential drug compounds to test against COVID-19, including notable failures like Remdesivir (1) and Hydroxychloroquine (2). We’ve seen multi-millionaire investors and CEOs outside of the life sciences set up emergency grant…

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Life science degrees are like CS degrees in the '70s

Is this degree useless if I don’t get into medical school?

Now if you have a genuine passion for working with patients and practicing medicine- go for it! COVID-19 has shown that the people we glorify in our time won’t just be our war heroes, but also should be the heroes who work in our medical front lines. Your GPA and application need to be competitive: keep yourself healthy, crush it.

  • Here I define ambition as wanting to graduate having accomplished the goal.
  • The goal = Being ahead of the game at whatever you are passionate about OR AT LEAST having a better idea of what you are…

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Being fragile as a person is a bad thing, and pure resiliency is overrated

What do you believe in that almost everyone else disagrees with?

Up until last year, I didn’t have a confidently contrarian belief to answer this question, yet I should have. My answer was something I lived through for the last 5 years. It all comes from how we look at the idea of fragile.


Let your future self act as the scaffold for your self-improvement

“When you grow up what do you want to do?”

Even though I’ve been asked this question exactly 10⁸³ times in the last 18 years I’ve been alive, I still don’t really understand it. …

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Buddhism on how suffering stems from our own desires

“Blu” Mural in Berlin (PC: Pascal Poggi)

Lessons from Epicurus on our pleasures, friends, and wants

Lessons from Plato on thought processes and reasoning

Lessons from Socratic Questioning, and how to apply it to your day-to-day

PC: Karl Bauer

An introduction to Amor Fati, with a hint of Apatheia

Michael Trịnh

Undergraduate builder & researcher @UofT in the crossroads of computer science, immunology, and genetic engineering.

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