Amit Kumar


Amit is currently a second-year Neuroscience undergraduate student at UCLA. He hopes to attend medical school and successfully become a neurosurgeon. When not engaged with school or pre-med activities, Amit enjoys watching football and basketball, eating burritos at Chipotle, and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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MiR-182 is a newly discovered RNA molecule that has potentially momentous influence on the way we treat glioblastoma mulitforme, the deadliest known variant of brain cancer. According to a study conducted at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Northwestern University, this small molecule has the ability to suppress cancer at the source by repressing certain genes … Read More

Biotechnology is a rapidly developing field with many exciting advances such as the da Vinco surgical system. One of the more unexpected applications of this interaction between technology and biology comes from the “RoboBee Project,” whose goal is to create autonomous robotic insects capable of independent sustained flight. Although laughable at first glance, the RoboBee has … Read More

We all know the saying that dogs are our best friends. However, a new study suggests that this bond may transcend mere friendship: studying dogs might help us cure glioblastoma, the most deadly variant of brain cancer. This study, conducted at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science and Uppsala University, suggests that analyzing the underlying … Read More

Ebola continues to be a subject of interest among medical professionals. With a fatality rate of around 50% and a terrifying manner of death–making its victims bleed out from every orifice after days, or even weeks, of suffering–the disease is one of the most talked about and deadliest in the world. In this study, 82 survivors of … Read More

As innovations in technology continue to be introduced, researchers are increasingly finding novel ways to incorporate robotics into both biological and medical research. Surgery, for example, is a field where the line between robotics and medicine is increasingly becoming blurred. The development of cutting-edge systems such as the da Vinci® surgical system boast features such as: … Read More

Scientists at the Feinberg School of Medicine associated with Northwestern University have identified a small RNA molecule called miR-182 that can suppress cancer-causing genes in mice with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), one of the deadliest variants of brain cancer. Currently, there is no cure for the disease. Embed from Getty Images Research has shown success in the … Read More

In an earlier article, we discussed schizophrenia, a commonly misunderstood disease with negative connotations being placed on it due to various fallacies–so let’s get the facts straight. Impacting nearly 1% of the total human population, schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness that originates from impaired brain development that eventually leads to imbalanced signaling in the … Read More

Here’s a frightening statistic: every day, 22 American heroes commit suicide because of the stress they experienced on the battlefield in the past. Furthermore, many avoid treatment for their Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and find their lives spiraling out of control. But what is PTSD, and how does it impact these veterans in such a devastating … Read More

When we think about mental illness, one of the first conditions that comes to mind is schizophrenia. Strictly defined, schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder where patients hear voices others do not. Understandably, this is terrifying for the patients since they commonly believe that these voices are attempting to dictate their thoughts. However, … Read More

Nobody wants to hear a cancer diagnosis–especially not a prognosis of glioblastoma, a deadly variant of brain cancer where patients typically survive only 15 months following diagnosis. But what makes glioblastoma so deadly? A separate study conducted three years ago discovered that this aggressive brain tumor grows by turning normal brain cells (i.e. neurons) into stem … Read More

One of the most potent and potentially dangerous drugs in circulation today is lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD for short. Although scientists have carefully documented the pharmacological effects of the drug, specifically its action at specific serotonin receptors, they are still perplexed as to how this action produces the behavioral effects that LSD induces (the … Read More

Many of the everyday decisions we make, such as “What am I going to buy for my brother’s birthday?” or “Where am I going to eat today?” are heavily based off the retrieval of relevant memories. In the past, the neural and cognitive mechanisms behind these decision-making processes were not studied. Despite the lack of … Read More

For half of a century, antibiotics have given us a powerful tool to combat infections that were once life threatening. In recent decades, however, there has been a tremendous growth in the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This proliferation is already taking its toll on humanity. For example, New York Times reports that in India, tens … Read More

In Part I of this series, I introduced research that discovered the potential of the drug ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) to be used to help fight Parkinson’s disease (PD). The drug had already been used for decades to treat liver disease, and researchers at Sheffield University were the first to find that in addition to increasing the … Read More

Do you constantly replay or obsess over negative situations? This disposition, known to the world of psychology as rumination, can feel like a broken record. Even in a day that is filled with accomplishments and positive events, people with this disposition will hyperfocus on one negative event of the day, such as getting yelled at … Read More

As anyone who follows collegiate or professional football can attest to, concussions, one of the primary variants of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), are extremely dangerous, as these injuries have both immediate effects and potential long-term effects that include depression and persistent head pain. As a result, the NFL has invested millions of dollars in concussion … Read More

One of the deadliest and most scientifically frustrating ailments today is traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Anyone who follows the NFL knows how much money and effort has been invested into studying these injuries and their impact. Dr. Ye Xiong, a researcher at the Henry Ford Hospital, believes that focusing on the brain’s protection and … Read More

One of the most “fashionable” things to do today is to go on dietary “cleanses” that promise to help you shed 20 pounds in just two weeks. Apart from the fact that these are dangerous, because they deprive your body of crucial nutrients and calories, they also lead to a slowing metabolism and long-term weight gain. … Read More

Although researchers have known that endogenous retroviruses, or viruses that reside within our nerve cells, constitute 5% of the human genome, they considered the viruses to be “junk DNA.” Very little of all the DNA in your body is actually utilized in the process of protein synthesis, DNA’s primary focus. This is why many researchers assumed that the retroviruses were … Read More

Often times while studying students find themselves staring at the same sentence for minutes on end. Although many of these students lament their inability to focus, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have uncovered an interesting twist to this dilemma: the right type of mental rest can actually boost learning. But what is … Read More

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