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PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

bioengineering, computational biology, computer science, physics, biology
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Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

How do genes affect severity of COVID-19?

There is lots of public sequencing data from COVID-19 patients. In this project, you could look at differences in clinical outcomes between patients (i.e. mild cases vs. severe cases) and see which genes are differentially expressed between the cohorts to identify potential predictors of covid response.

Why is Single Cell RNA (scRNA) sequencing so important?

scRNA sequencing lets you explore cellular interactions and evolutions like never before. All of our cells have the same DNA, from our hair cells to our neurons. What differentiates our cells are the genes that get expressed (and in turn, what proteins are being created by each cell). In order to create proteins, cells turn parts of our DNA into RNA. By looking at RNA in each cell, we can determine what genes each cells is expressing to better understand what cells are present and how they are interacting!

Coding skills

python (language of choice), Matlab, R