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Lady Gaga: Science geeks as little monsters

Here’s Zheng Lab Productions parody.

Here’s the original.

On the Rocks, the group from which Zheng Lab borrowed the choreography.

If you didn’t read our article on Examiner.com, here’s the text.

You might not have heard of Baylor College, but unless you’re deaf and been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Lady Gaga and her song “Bad Romance.” Some students under the name of Zheng Lab Productions, just posted a video parody of “Bad Romance” as their submission to the Molecular and Human Genetics Retreat 2011 at Baylor College. My friends at the Pasadena-based Caltech gave me the heads up.

Baylor College of Medicine is located in Houston and is the only private medical school in the Greater Southwest. The magazine “U.S. New & World Report” ranked Baylor as one of the top 25 research medical schools for 2011. Of course, the college is affiliated with teaching hospitals–eight to be exact. Baylor is located in Texas Medical Center and has research support of $400 million with $344 million from federal sources. The college has more than 90 research and patient-care centers and units.

BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia and physician assistant students as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows. You might not understand human genetics, particularly on a molecular level to understand the pain of a bad project–particularly a bad research project.

I’m not sure why the notes are written in Thai, but the writing on the container tops is Chinese which explains the Chinese verses toward the end.  The Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum is located at Baylor and is relatively new (ground was broken in 2006). DeBakey (1908-2008) was an American cardiac surgeon, scientist and medical educator who as the chancellor emeritus of Baylor College as well as the director of the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the senior attending surgeon of the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Zheng Lab at Baylor is in the Immunology Department at BCM and named after Biao Q. Zheng, an associate professor in the Department of Pathology & Immunology. According to their Webpage:

We are studying the molecular and cellular bases for the fundamental properties of an effective immune response, such as specificity, affinity, and memory using the techniques of cell and molecular biology, and in vitro and in vivo models of immune responses.

Also, we are applying similar approaches to understand the pathology of aging and autoimmune diseases.

We think we can identify the lead singer in this video as Mary (Elizabeth) Wiese. The others in her lab would be Hui Zheng, Zilai Wang (male), Hongmei Li, Qinxi Guo (male) and Baiping Wang. According to the info available, Wiese appears to have graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and microbiology. Wiese’s advisor is Hui Zheng so this might also be the reference for Zheng Lab (Productions).

Zheng Lab Productions borrowed the choreography of On the Rocks,  On the Rocks is an a cappella ensemble at the University of Oregon (all male).  They were on NBC’s “Sing Off.”

If you can’t read Chinese, here is my attempt to translate the Chinese  caps:

Just remember, when I was studying Mandarin, I didn’t study jiantizi and haven’t used my skills lately.

Cheating persons (Pian ren means to cheat others). I don’t have the strength to experiment, I don’t have a future. (This) old lady (spinster) needs to graduate.

Translation of the Chinese at the end:

  • I want to work.
  • I also want freedom
  • I don’t have a degree
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