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TANVI BANOTA, Rutgers junior studying cell biology

Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a junior in the Honors College at Rutgers University majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. I've been doing research on the mechanisms of inflammation in pulmonary injury since I was in high school and hope to pursue an MD/PhD in immunology!

Past Classes

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S309: A Battle of Forces: The Role of Inflammation in Disease in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
The immune system lies in a delicate balance between the Light and the Dark, mediated by the Force: inflammation. Like in Star Wars, the mediators of inflammation work together and against each other to ensure our bodies are capable of fighting disease, toxicity, and cancer. Inflammation seems to play a role in almost every major disease (including a major role in the progression of COVID), but there's so much we still don't know about it. Do the keys to curing diseases like Alzheimer's, pulmonary fibrosis, and heart disease lie in controlling our body's inflammatory response to them? In this course, we'll use Star Wars as an analogy to take a closer look at your immune system and the inflammatory response, especially how macrophages -- the white blood cell commanders of your disease-fighting army -- are the "chosen ones" destined to bring balance to the Forces of inflammation, and how inflammation plays a larger role in disease than you might have ever imagined.