ESP Biography

RISHABH KAPOOR, Biology fanatic, passion for science education.

Major: Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Sophomore passionate about biology and the application of science to bettering human lives. Teaching splash was one of the highlights of my freshman year--looking forward to doing it again!

Past Classes

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B7650: Evolutionary Medicine in Splash Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Why are body systems prone to disease? This course will explore theories about the evolutionary basis of diseases, including sickle-cell anemia, cancer, diabetes, and psychiatric disease. We will synthesize genetics, physiology, and evolution to better understand human health and disease

S7548: Who belongs where? Nationalism and Immigration: Comparing Identity Politics in the United States and India in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16 - 17, 2019)
The ideas around individual, communal, and state identity has changed dramatically throughout the last several decades throughout the world. In particular, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiments have shaped discourse and policy on claims defining “us” versus “them.” In this mixed lecture and discussion based class, we will probe these shifting notions of nationalism by considering India and the United States as demonstrative examples. How are politicians, such as Trump and Modi, using populist rhetoric to shape nationalist discourse? How are immigrants and refugees involved in the discourse of nationalism in the US and India? How are identity politics being mobilized, challenged, and transformed? What are the similarities and differences in the case of the US and India?

B6757: The Science of Diabetes in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
We've all heard about how "you're not you when you're hungry", but how does the body actually respond to a Snickers bar? And what happens when this response does not occur normally? If these questions interest you or you love sugar, join us as we explore the science of diabetes! Framed by this fascinating disease, our class will discuss genetics, physiology, epidemiology, and new cutting edge diagnostics research. Students will have the opportunity to participate in demonstrations illustrating key concepts for diabetes. It'll be a sweet time!

C6409: Illuminating Light and Life in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
What makes lightning bugs glow, and why do they light up in the first place? In this class, we will learn about living glowsticks, bioluminescence, and the many applications of light to life. We will explore the chemical basis of interactions between light and biology. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of these interactions and connect them to real-world phenomena. Join us for an exLIGHTing time! (Sorry, we had to.)

B6041: Decision Making in Bacteria: An Introduction to Regulation of Gene Expression in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
As humans, we make decisions in response to our environment all the time. If it's cold outside, we might drink hot choclate. If it's warm, an iced coke would be better. But how do bacteria--simple, single-celled organisms--"decide" what to eat, or where to move? They clearly don't have brains. This class will introduce students to the basic concepts of gene expression and chemical detection via an exploration of operons.