Machine Learning in Modern Cancer Treatment

Mentor profile
Johns Hopkins University, MD/PhD Student
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Research Assistant
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science, Research Assistant
Harvard Political Review, Writer (2016), Associate World Editor (2017), Managing Editor (2018), Senior Staff Writer (2019, 2020)
Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Harvard University, Master of Science
Master of Science
Harvard University,
Johns Hopkins University, MD/PhD
Project description

When this student started out, she had minimal knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and the many subcategories within it. Through writing a research paper and creating a blog, she was able to research various types of machine learning and the ways they have been, and continue to be, incorporated into the medicine and healthcare field. She specifically focused on cervical cancer, lung cancer, and brain cancer. The majority of her time was spent researching for and writing her research paper, which addresses the promising applications of AI as well as the potential pitfalls. The blog was a reservoir of intriguing article, which reviewed them in simple language so they could be accessible to a broader audience.

Machine Learning in Modern Cancer Treatment
Project outcome

This student wrote a research paper (currently under review) and in tandem started a blog to review key research papers for a general audience.

Student review

I was very impressed with the way Polygence helped me discover my interest in both machine learning and oncology. Akshaya was an amazing mentor and made sure I was understanding everything I was reading. If I came across a hard topic that I struggled to fully understand, she would use creative methods to explain it to me and help me talk through it. While I did expand my knowledge immensely through working on this project, I would say the most valuable take away was gaining confidence in myself to conduct my own research and produce my own review article. Many of the papers I read were a challenge to understand and I don't think I could have pushed myself to understand them without the help of Akshaya and Polygence. The Polygence Team, including Staci, was also very supportive in making sure that I was happy with my project and was a great help when it came to submitting my paper for publication in a journal and publicizing my blog post.

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