Kevin Castell - Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am from Fort Collins, Colorado and came to the University of Utah because I love the campus and the mountains. I am an undergrad in the Biomedical Engineering program with an emphasis in Bioinformatics and a minor in Computer Science. I plan to pursue a masters in Bioinformatics.
Currently, I am working on a UROP funded project with Dr. David Hedges and Dr. Chris Butson to increase the data capture during mono-polar review sessions for patients being treated with Deep Brain Stimulation. This includes not only the programmed settings, but their beneficial effects or side-effects. The process developed by this project will increase the data capture of DBS programming and in turn provide clinical trends to be used by future clinicians.
DBS caught my eye as I have family members who have had successful results with DBS therapy. I believe DBS is a growing form of treatment for several neurological disorders, and the applications are rapidly expanding. I believe through the implementation of Bioinformatics strategies, the full potential of DBS can be reached. Bioinformatics specifically interests me as I see the future of medical development using computation assisted analysis of clinical data to determine the expected results.