Visitor of the Week: Kenny Yu

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Meet Kenny Yu of the University of Manchester (United Kingdom). Kenny, a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer (which is the U.S. equivalent to a resident with a research component in his/her training) at his home institution, is currently at St. Michael's Hospital (Canada) to conduct his research at Peter Dirks' lab. The Single Cell Analysis course brought the CSHL first-timer onto our campus where he expanded his research technique repertoire and established lifelong connections.

What are your research interests? What are you working on? 
I am a neurosurgeon-in-training from the UK and did a PhD during my residency. My specific interest is in the tumor infiltrating immune cells in brain tumors. 

Was there something specific about the Single Cell Analysis course that drew you to apply?
Being a novice to the single cell analysis field, I was drawn to the combination of practical modules and the subsequent data analysis that this course offered.

Kenny Yu delivering his student presentation towards the end of the course.

Kenny Yu delivering his student presentation towards the end of the course.

What is your key takeaway from the Course?
Single cell technology is a powerful technique that is able to probe tissues in unprecedented detail, and this course has opened my eyes to a wide range of potential single cell technologies.

If someone curious in attending your course asked you for feedback or advice on it, what would you tell him/her? 
The emphasis on taking a single cell experiment from cell isolation to RNA extraction, sequencing and subsequent analysis is a fantastic learning experience, and to interact with world-class faculty and cutting edge technology is invaluable. I would recommend this course without hesitation. 

What do you like most about your time at CSHL? 
I have met a great group of people who, hopefully, will become both lifelong friends and collaborators!

Kenny received a stipend from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to cover a portion of his course tuition. On behalf of Kenny, we want to thank HHMI for continuing to support and enable young scientists to attend a CSHL course to expand their skills, knowledge, and network.