I think a moment like this is a call to arms for everybody.
And I think everybody contributes what they can
and what they know to try to solve complex problems.
That's why we come to MIT
That's why we choose the fields that we do.
And you know, sometimes you kind of get called into directions
that you don't even know that you can contribute to
And I think even as somebody who studies a bacterial pathogen in the lung, you know
I think there's actually things that we can do and we can contribute to understand this disease.
So like one thing that we've been doing in our lab is trying to understand how different
diseases of the lung
So we take datasets from people infected with TB to people with non-small-cell lung cancer
to fibrosis of the lung and you know,
Because COVID-19 has a really strong impact - It's a respiratory viral infection -
we can actually take the data that's coming out in real time from people infected with COVID-19 and ask,
"What does the immune response and how does it look similar or different from other diseases of the lungs?'
And what that might do is that might actually help give us some hints around like,
"What are other therapies that we could think about repurposing?"
At the same time the other thing that was like super terrifying as somebody who's like junior,
And just starting his own lab - It's not even 2 years old.
It's like, "Oh my gosh, we're shutting down!" like, "What is gonna happen to us?"
And I think this is the other thing that I like realize about being at MIT
Which is actually, you know, when you were kind of at the cusp of your own knowledge
there's this real great uncertainty, right? And working at that level of uncertainty is Incredibly terrifying.
I remember as an undergrad, I came and I was like,
"Oh my gosh, I don't know anything!"
and I was like, "I have to learn all these things", and, "Can I even do this?"
and I think the exercise at MIT is like
Actually, you start this and MIT stretches you this far and I think the same thing happens at the research end
which is actually when you're at the cusp of knowledge, there's this high tension of drama and uncertainty
and it can at times I think induced anxieties, like, "Is like is this going to work?"
But at the same time, I think that's why we choose MIT, right?
Because we are problem solvers and what we want to do is we wanna contribute.
So I think that excitement I think for us
outweighs the anxiety of kind of the uncertainty but it's
definitely a real tension that I think a lot of people experience
But what I've been super impressed by is it's like call to arms that people left and right have been
thinking about how can we contribute? How can we move the needle here?
I think that is like
the ethos and kind of the underlying current of MIT is like
we see a problem, we try to find the solution.