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Nikhil M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Machine Learning, Statistical Learning, Statistical Genetics, Functional Genomics

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.

Machine learning approaches to better understand disease

The field of genomics is very good at sharing data publicly! Large studies conducted on humans have accrued millions of data points across many publicly-available data sets. These provide an amazing substrate to test the utility of machine learning approaches to better understand disease. A machine learning approach that is good at predicting disease from such data can be very helpful for medical professionals when making diagnoses. In this project, an interested student may start by downloading data from a few studies of interest and using machine learning or statistical learning approaches to identify genes that may contribute to disease. Students can compare various approaches and identify methods that work well in genomic datasets.

What can we learn from classical music?

Classical music spans multiple centuries, each with their own unique styles. This can make it quite fun to ask some questions using machine learning and statistical approaches: (1) Can we find out who composed a piece by looking at it? By hearing it? (2) What makes a composer famous? Is there anything similar about music across centuries? (3) Can computers make music that is as good as a trained composer?

Coding skills

Python, R, Stan

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