Splash Biography

TAI WEI GUO, Cornell senior & infectious disease nerd

Major: Biological Science

College/Employer: Cornell

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a biology major from New York City in my last year at Cornell. I started out thinking I'd go into evolution and zoology, but then decided that cellular (and subcellular!) life is way more interesting. Which is good, because I've been doing research on DNA plant viruses for the past three years, so you'd hope I enjoy the topic a little bit. At some point in the future, I might apply to medical school so I can obtain the very cool-sounding title "doctor of infectious diseases."

On the side, I'm also a fiction writer, programmer, and swing dancer. So feel free to ask me about anything!

Past Classes

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P69: Stranger than Fiction: The World of Pathogens and Parasites in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 18, 2015)
Worms that burrow into people's feet. Viruses that hide inside neurons for years. The Black Death. Learn about everything from zombie spiders to amoebas that can swim up your nose and eat your brain. This class will cover the biology of pathogens and parasites in all their gory details. We'll learn how these can be contracted and spread, why they cause diseases, along with how they evolved and might continue evolving, and possibly even why there are so many crazy cat ladies (yes, parasitology truly does answer all the important questions in life). By the time you leave this class, you might become terrified of all your fellow human beings. Bringing hand sanitizer with you may give you some comfort, but not much.