ESP Biography



MUDITA GOYAL, ESP Teacher




Major: 5-7

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Past Classes

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S15223: CRISPR: The Molecular Scissors in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Did you all hear of genome editing? The term has been on the news since previous century and provoked both excitement and concerns among the broad public. The truth is, no matter how exciting on a scientific basis that seems, biologists have tried for a long time to edit the human genome specifically. It only happened during the last two decades that genome engineering came to the point of being carried out on real-life biological case studies and giving the possibility to target specific sequences and leading to the implementation of prime editing for curing diseases and engineering organisms. Want to know how this happens? Come and learn about CRISPR “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats” technique, awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize in 2020.


S14955: CRISPR: The Molecular Scissors in Spark 2022 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2022)
Did you all hear of genome editing? The term has been on the news since the 20th century and provoked both excitement and concerns among the broad public. The truth is, no matter how exciting on a scientific basis that seems, biologists have tried for a long time to edit the human genome specifically. It only happened during the last two decades that genome engineering came to the point of being carried out on real-life biological case studies and giving the possibility to target specific sequences and leading to the implementation of prime editing for curing diseases and engineering organisms. A breakthrough occurred when Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna were awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize in 2020 for their discovery of “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats” technique. Join us in this fun presentation and learn the science behind this cool tool!


S14670: Molecular Biology: A revolution in the way we understand life in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
A few decades back, one scientific revolution changed the way we look at biology, turning it from a set of seemingly disconnected facts to a discipline governed by a few central principles underpinning all of life. This was the molecular biology revolution, which transformed modern biology and modern medicine forever. Join me as we take a whirlwind tour through this exciting journey, where I will discuss the historical as well as scientific aspects of the Molecular Biology revolution.


S14799: Population Ecology in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
Was covid-19 completely unexpected? Was it just a once in a lifetime experience? Can we predict such events? In this class, we will explore the mechanisms used by nature to control population and maintain equilibrium and answer the above questions.


S14846: Sensing temperature and pressure in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
Every wondered how we sense our external surroundings? Well, somebody did wonder! This year’s medicine prize is awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian. Their discoveries have unlocked one of the secrets of nature by explaining the molecular basis for sensing heat, cold and mechanical force, which is fundamental for our ability to feel, interpret and interact with our internal and external environment.


S14344: The Secret Life of the Periodic Table in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
The periodic table is a familiar sight in all chemistry classrooms. But did you ever realize that all those elements in there are much more than entries in a table; each has its own exciting story of discovery, usage and incidents connected to it. We will explore some of the most enthralling stories connected to these elements which will help you better appreciate and enjoy the wonderful subject of chemistry.


S14345: Fundamentals of the CRISPR-Cas9 World in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Want to learn about gene-editing? Wondering why you should care? Well, if you’ve been hearing all the buzz about cutting-edge research efforts for cancer and disease treatment, or the controversial possibilities of creating designer babies and are curious about the technology that is making it all a reality—you’ve come to the right place! CRISPR gets down to the very element encoding us, the DNA we carry in our cells, in order to change it and modify the organism, allowing for a host of applications researchers are keen to create. We’ll take you through the entire process and relevance of modifying DNA and then do deep dives into how the CRISPR system operates. You will learn about how we discovered CRISPR and even where we’re heading with the technology.