This first week was really interesting, as I started working on researching the background of Melanoma in detail and shared my work with my external advisor. In this project, I am going to be studying and examining minute differences between substages of Melanoma in sample slides in order to potentially identify further substages of Melanoma which would help with detection, prevention, and contribute to finding a cure for this deadly disease. Using the QSI (quadrant slope index) method developed by my external advisor, Dr. David Nguyen, I will study these discrepancies in the slides provided to us by my other external advisor, a pathologist and med school professor, Dr. Rajendra Singh.
This week, I did that research and also started learning how to code using the R-language under Dr. Nguyen’s guidance. Knowing R will be a useful tool in using his QSI program. I also familiarized myself with the Fiji image analysis tool with help from Dr. Nguyen. I am excited to work with the Melanoma cells in the coming months.