Jake Scott. I am currently a research associate in the department of radiation oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and am working on a DPhil in mathematics at Oxford University at the Centre for Mathematical Biology. I have had a rather tortuous path in life so far that has led me to a place I would have never suspected. I began life studying physics and engineering and then found myself at medical school - and for the first time ever, felt like I had found what I was supposed to do: take care of patients fighting against cancer.
As I am trained as both a clinician and scientist, I try to maintain a combination of basic and clinical research with the hopes that each motivates and strengthens the other. The focus of my basic research is building theoretical models of cancer with Integrative Mathematical Oncology - a group headed up by one of my DPhil supervisors: Sandy Anderson. It is with this group that I think I have found a niche that connects my past (physics) with my future (cancer). I find that spending my time doing a combination of theoretical cancer research and patient care keeps me thinking outside the box in the clinic, but keeps my theoretical questions grounded to ideas that can be translated to the clinic.
My clinical research is focused on glioblastoma and this will likely be my clinical focus going forward.
My final career goal is to split my time between the clinic, taking care of cancer patients, and the laboratory, building theoretical models of cancer and collaborating with biologists to validate these models. I hope, by spanning both worlds, to be able to ask and answer questions relevant to both cancer biology and patient care in ways that are not yet being addressed.
I have recently started a new twitter feed at: @CancerConnector, feel free to follow along!
I was also honored with an invitation to speak at TEDMED2012, which took place in Washington, DC in April. My video is online at TEDMED or on youtube.