Jeffrey West

Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

About

Jeffrey is a PhD student at the University of Southern California. He studies under Paul K. Newton in the Aerospace & Mechanical engineering department and his thesis is in the field of computational evolutionary ecology modeling of cancer tumor growth, metastasis, and therapeutic strategies. In his spare time he enjoys reading, biking, and managing a blog website at intotheimage.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jeffreyjizzle.

LA Book Festival

Posted: April 22, 2017, 12:29pm This weekend is the book festival! USC has the amazing opportunity to host several conventions and conferences every year, and one of my favorites is the LA Book Festival. There are  many individual booths of either authors or vendors, plus some larger bookstores bring in truckloads of books for extremely low prices! Usually, the books … Read More

Towsley Canyon Park

Posted: April 16, 2017, 8:58pm It’s summer time! For me, that means it’s time to catch up on some quality time in nature. This weekend I was invited by a friend to join a hike in Santa Clarita. As a DTLA-dweller, I haven’t ever been as far north as that, but I made my way about 45 minutes drive north … Read More

What’s your data #selfie?

Posted: April 16, 2017, 6:44pm There are many reasons that I use Google Chrome to browse the web, but one of the main reasons I do is for the extensions. There are a seemingly endless supply of cool technology addons to Chrome in the form of extensions. One, called Data Selfie, allows you to take back control of your data that … Read More

Center for Applied Molecular Medicine

Posted: April 11, 2017, 10:44am I had the amazing opportunity to present some of my thesis work at the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine at USC this past Friday. I’ve worked with some of the faculty and students in the CAMM lab on and off over the past five years and I was honored to present at the group meeting … Read More

A picture of home

Posted: March 15, 2017, 7:47pm It’s a surreal feeling to get on an airplane from a place that is 85 degrees (Los Angeles, California) and land in a blizzard of 25 degrees (Cleveland, Ohio). But as much as everyone here repeats the refrain, “I’m sorry we’re having such nasty weather,” I really do enjoy the change of pace that visiting my … Read More

March Madness & March Randomness

Posted: March 15, 2017, 7:20pm This is how you pick your NCAA bracket when you’re an engineer and don’t know anything about college basketball. Below is a picture of my bracket, filled out according to a computer program that I wrote a few minutes ago. The program takes inputs of each team’s seed number and uses it to calculate a … Read More

Some reflections on Ph.D. Preview Day

Posted: March 6, 2017, 2:10pm Last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on the campus preview day for prospective students. This is a day when college seniors descend on Los Angeles to visit campus, meet faculty, tour some labs, and ultimately decide whether they want to attend USC to get their Ph.D. It’s a helpful day for that … Read More

A weekend off…

Posted: March 6, 2017, 1:46pm My friends and I started a yearly tradition of making the drive up to Big Bear sometime in late February or early March to see the beautiful snowy views and go on a hike. This weekend we added one more trip to the tradition’s tally! If you haven’t been to Big Bear, you should know … Read More

#mathoncofest2017

Posted: March 2, 2017, 12:21pm Live, from the beautiful desert landscape of Phoenix, Arizona, we meet a team of 30 cancer researchers who descend on the campus of Mayo Clinic to discuss the cutting-edge ideas, data, and research in computational and math modeling in oncology. The campus of the Mayo Medical School in Scottsdale, AZ. National Cancer Institute This particular conference … Read More

The illusion of precision oncology and other scientific paradigms

Posted: March 2, 2017, 11:54am I love writing about science in general. I love writing about the philosophy of science in particular. Previously, I’ve written about the trend toward precision medicine, especially in oncology. I’m a big proponent of the idea that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ might not be the best approach is cancer treatment. The idea of precision oncology begins with genetic … Read More

Undiscovered Species

Posted: February 15, 2017, 6:35pm I recently read a staggering statistic in a journal article: “It is estimated that the planet is host to 8 to 10 million species of plants and animals with approximately 1.5 million currently documented in the Catalogue of Life.” Wow. That’s a lot of scientific discovery waiting to happen. Some of the most exciting scientific advances … Read More

Sleeping Science Beauties

Posted: February 15, 2017, 6:17pm Did you know that some of the most famous scientific researchers were often ostracized by their peers during their lifetimes for going against the grain and challenging the status quo? Case in point: Mendel. Largely assumed to share the title of founding-father of the mechanism of evolutionary theory (i.e. genetics), Mendel was considered an outsider by … Read More

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