Q: Who are you?
Masih is student at Columbia University studying Neuroscience and Behavior with a concentration in Philosophy. At UCLA, he served as a clinical and surgical intern at the Soroudi Lasik and Eye Center, and as an undergraduate researcher at the Norman Cousins’ Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. Currently, Masih is studying cutting-edge Focused Ultrasound (FUS) blood brain barrier opening in the treatment of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and its efficacy when paired with immuno-, chemo-, and radiotherapeutic interventions. Ultimately, he hopes to consolidate his interests towards pursuing neurological surgery and finding novel approaches for treating metastatic tumors of the brain and brainstem.
Jake is a student at Columbia University majoring in Philosophy, hoping to specialize in moral and political philosophy. He is passionate about political activism, criminal justice reform, and social responsibility.
Jessica Lin is a student at Columbia University majoring in American Studies. Outside of class, Jessica interns at a NYC-based employment law firm and mentors underserved students at both the elementary and high school levels. She is passionate about advancing equity in higher education, as well as justice in the workplace, and plans to advocate for those issues through a career in law.
Houman is a medical student at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Outside of school, he likes to practice photography (especially astrophotography), go indoor rock climbing, and read works by Carl Sagan.
Q: What is the point of Deep Thought?
A: At its inception, there was not a clear objective to starting Deep Thought, other than sharing thoughts and essays we’d written in order to inspire curiosity and intrigue. Quickly, this transformed into a staunch dedication to bring together the often conflicting enterprises of science and the humanities in order to more holistically analyze a variety of contemporary issues with social, cultural, and political relevance.