Posted: December 28, 2016, 10:59am
I’ve written much about the day to day of my PhD life, but now to turn to what excites me about where our field is headed: personalized medicine. In fact, it’s already here in many ways. I have the fortune of attending lab meetings of USC’s own David Agus, an accomplished oncologist and head of a research group called the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. On my first day there, he handed me a few of the books he and his team have written, and I’m plodding through “The Lucky Years” which is all about the coming trend toward personalized medicine.
I’m really excited to read this book. It will describe how researchers and doctors are already using the clinical data from the masses (being recorded at ever-increasing rates today) to inform personalized, very individual care for a single patient. Every is different, every cancer is different, and the approach to medicine should not have to be a “one-size-fits-all” approach, especially with the access to data we have today. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my career contributing toward this goal!