Submitted by: Matthew S. MacLennan
In conjunction with the Vancouver Prostate Centre, I analyze metabolite molecules in urine taken from patients who suffer from genitourinary cancers. Using extremely high voltages and low pressures with specialized equipment developed in our lab, I generate millions of high-dimensional molecular data points every second, which produces a unique “metabolite fingerprint” of the patient’s genitourinary health. It is awesome to work together with urologists, pathologists, and other researchers orchestrating translational research “from bench to bedside”. If specific molecular metabolic fingerprints can be adequately correlated to stage/grade of cancer, we will achieve earlier accurate diagnosis, saving and prolonging people’s lives.