Kristen Panthagani

pic of me looking very sciency.

Who am I?

I am an MD-PhD student, which means I am training in both biomedical science (how to do experiments, evaluate scientific and medical literature, etc.) and medicine (how to take care of sick patients). I have been in school for a very long time. I did a bachelors in Chemistry, a post-bach stint at a national lab, and then started my MD-PhD program in 2012, and have been studying away ever since. I have finished my PhD in Genetics with a focus in Bioinformatics, Genomics, and System Biology, and I will finish my MD in 2021. 

Why am I doing this blog?

It makes me very happy when I am able to help people understand things. This is my primary motivation — there is so much confusion in the world right now about science, and if I can help a few people make some sense of the world, it is worth my time. I am a firm believer in the idea that there is no need for people to remain in a fog of confusion, but that knowledge is attainable, it just has to be sought out.

What things do I know about?

I know things (to varying degrees) in these areas: metagenomics, computational biology, data visualization, biostatistics, data science, genetics, microbiome science, microbiology, epidemiology, medicine, chemistry, and Irish whistle playing. 

Do I write all the posts?

I write most of the posts, but since I’ve been studying science and medicine for some time now, I have lots of scientist and medical friends, and they sometimes help me out and write posts too! They are the best.

How do you contact me?

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