Alex Torres

Oviedo, FL, United States

About Alex

Bio

I am a high school senior with innovative ideas in science, and a passion in the field of neurology. Every time I have a "eureka" moment, I type a note on my phone on that innovative idea. I hope to one day present these ideas on TEDTalks!

An idea worth spreading

*Using specialized (carbon nanotubes) fullerene derivatives to use as drug-transporters, wherever in the body, while not being cytotoxic. Pharmaceutical drugs always have side-effects that can sometimes be more of a problem than a medicine. However, by using these fullerene derivatives, drugs can be inserted or attached to the molecule, and sent to a specific location through the use of antibody attached to the molecule. The idea may seem far-out impossible, or even too expensive, but the benefits may outweigh the costs.

I'm passionate about

Obsession with nanotechnology, tissue engineering, bio-chem stuff, as well as robotics!

Talk to me about

Any recommendations on how to get my ideas out as a high school student? Also, anything on nanotech, robotics, tissue engineering,... anything innovative!

People don't know I'm good at

Coming up with some good ideas, and overcoming the barriers behind an idea.

My TED story

I am a high school senior currently interested in all sciences, and I do research at my local university's biomed. laboratory. I have always been interested in Alzheimer's and its research. After three years of reading publications and articles on it, I came up with a proposal and began researching at my local university. Besides that, I am an IB student taking Higher Level Chemistry III (Orgo. chem. 1) for my science class. I am always coming up with new ideas in any field of science to fix problems, whether they are big or small. Sometimes my ideas are simplistic yet may reach a solution, while other times my ideas are complicated yet hopeful.

Comments & conversations

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Alex Torres
Posted about 1 year ago
TEDitorials as student writing assignment.
So, I am taking orgo chem in high school, and have been very interested in the research of drugs and their complexity, as well as talks about tissue engineering. I find something that I learned in class that relates to research being conducted globally. MY FAVORITE TedTalks would have to be "Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine." It deals with research I am conducting at my local university. I think that the videos will definitely inspire many high schoolers to pursue any science, after they see the applications and the awesomeness of it. My chemistry teacher shows us great talks that get us critically thinking, and being opinionated like you stated in your question. Recently my teacher showed the class a TedTalk on education reforms, and it got us, students, thinking of how the education system should change to lead to better results. We often type a reflection with our opinion of the debate/issue of the TedTalks video. It's great getting different views/perspectives on current issues. That inspiration from the TedTalks is great, because it gets many interested in learning more. It also gives us a greater sense of awareness in society in the fields of science to education. I think your idea is awesome! The writing will get the students critically thinking, especially when they consider both sides to their opinions.
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Alex Torres
Posted about 1 year ago
Scientists! What does real research work feel like?
Yes, it's so true that when you begin research, you have to assist more than actually do the cool work. Howeer, over time you can conduct your own experiments. Also, writing a lab proposal can sometimes be frusturating. Getting perfection on a lab proposal is difficult.
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Alex Torres
Posted about 1 year ago
Scientists! What does real research work feel like?
I got into research because I was always curious and always needed answers to the questions. As a high school researcher at my local university, I love every bit of laboratory work. There is always something new, or a problem to solve, always! Research is awesome only if you like what you research.