Today Dr. Pinsky, the Stanford Clinical Virology Laboratory director, came to talk to our club. First, he told us about his path from college to graduate school (MD and PhD!) to his current position. He mentioned that although he wasn’t sure exactly what his profession would be until later, he was driven from the start by a passion for medicine.
Dr. Pinsky also introduced us to the more common viruses, giving us a little background on each one. He then described methods for identifying viruses. For example, a modified version of PCR can do the job, as well as a technique that uses fluorescence to identify certain antibodies.