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November 3, 2023

From Code to Cure: Bioinformatics in Pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma Research


I would like to thank Dr. Lori Boies for her guidance and encouragement in researching the different aspects bioinformatics has in public health and its positive effects in improving and advancing the world of medicine. I also would like to thank my friends and family for their support during this research process. I am thankful for this opportunity to present this research and its unique approach towards medicine and the community.

Recent Comments


  • Silvia Benavides

    This infographic was really good and easy to follow. You did a great job overall!

  • aortega28

    This was such an amazing and interesting infographic. I like that you bolded certain words throughout the infographic to highlight the key information that you are providing. I never fully understood how bioinformatics was needed when it came to cancer but your section provided me some new information. I like how you keep the infographic simple as it allowed me to fully grasp the information that you provided.

  • sphipps1

    The overall aesthetic that you were able to create for the infographic was very pleasing to the eye. I am currently in Cell and Molecular Methods and the information you provided on SOX18 in the infographic reminded me of an assignment/essay I was assigned in the course in which I had to provide info on SOX18. After studying/researching I still struggled to give a clear description of the protein coding gene, but you do an excellent job of that here! Amazing job!

  • kmolina2

    I love how well explained and thought out every aspect of this infographic is! From the eye-catching title down to the in-depth explanation of everything. I liked how you focused on an uncommon type of pediatric cancer rather than a more common type because it is just as important to shed light on. Not only did you teach us about a not-so-well-known type of childhood cancer, but also a new method to help treat it. This gives me hope that we can use bioinformatics to treat many different cancers and even diseases.

  • I really like how you explained how Rhabdomyosarcoma works and how it is possibly related to overexpression of SOX18, making it easily understandable for people who do not know what this is. I think that it is a great idea to also speak about the benefits that this bioinfomatics can have on both the children who are experiencing this cancer as well as cancer studies in general as well as raising awareness to why this topic matters. Great infographic!

  • jdelafuente6

    This is an amazing infographic! When I was in Cell and Molecular Methods, I did a project with Rhabdomyosarcoma, and I thought your background information was spot on. When conducting my research, I had no idea that bioinformatics played such a big role in cancer research, but after reading your section on bioinformatics incorporation, I can see how. I think it is a great idea to be able to use these analyses to find cancer treatments and I hope that bioinformatics can help researchers find cures at a quicker rate. Overall, this was a great poster, good job!

  • Andrea Paredes

    I love the title it’s really catchy. When reading this infographic, I was reminded that some of the information presented was from Dr. Shackleford’s research. I remember this because one of her previous research students gave a presentation on SOX18. This infographic is aesthetically pleasing and presents the information in a clear concise manner which is fantastic. Overall, you did a great job at highlighting the clinical significance of bioinformatics in Rhabdomyosarcoma.

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