Amid uncertainty, a DACA health care worker eyes a brighter future
by Dalia Faheid | Mar 22, 2021 | Featured, Immigration
Miguel Chavez stands in the microscope room at Columbia University, imaging his newly seeded cardiac tissue. The purpose of producing these tissues is to recreate human physiology to then recapitulate certain diseases that affect heart tissue, investigate potential drug therapies and gain greater insight into the pathophysiology by modeling cardiac diseases. (Photo courtesy Miguel Chavez)
As a researcher at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Miguel Chavez starts his days forming tissues from stem cells at 4 a.m. so he can get home in time for his virtual medical school interviews.
In the back of his mind, Chavez is terrified of infecting his family with the coronavirus. Of not having enough money to feed them. Of waiting longer to visit his father at the nursing home.
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