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My work really deals with solving medical
problems using computation. So we look at what I like
to think of as 'hard problems' that you couldn't answer
by experiment alone. That you have to use some
sort of computation to try to get deeper insights into
what's happen into disease mechanisms.
So, the way that I guess I would categorize our work
and the projects that we're are involved in are in two
big groups: Working on big things and small things.
Big things being the things you can look at with the
naked eye. Small things are the things that you can't
see with the naked eye and you need additional tools
to garner some insights. Most of our work is on the
small side, so that means looking at proteins, DNA,
biomolecules that are involved in human disease
and trying to understand how subtle changes in their
shape can affect disease mechanisms.
On the large end of the spectrum, no longer talking
about the small things, but the things one can see
with the naked eye, the thing that I do that is most
closely related to my clinical area of expertise
is looking at electrocardiographic data from people
who have had heart attacks, and trying to predict who's
going to die and who's going to live.
So, I am an avid New York Yankees fan, and I love to
watch baseball, so I am happiest when baseball
season is around, because it is a great distraction.
Sitting there and rooting for your favorite pitcher
against your hated team, the Red Sox, let's say.
And, when baseball season is not here, I recently
have gotten into football.
When I was younger, I used to play the trumpet.
I played that for a long time, I haven't picked that up
in a few years, but I've started to pick up the guitar,
the acoustic guitar, and I'm trying to teach myself that.
So, the majority of the time, when I'm not working or
thinking about work, I think that's enough activities
to keep me out of trouble.