Catch the Replay: 2023-2024 IDSC Fellows Final Research Project Presentations

2023-2024 IDSC Fellows

Catch the Replay: 2023-2024 IDSC Fellows Final Research Project…

On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, from 3:00-5:00 PM, an audience gathered via Zoom and in person at the Richter Library 3rd floor conference room to hear the 2023-2024 IDSC Fellows give their final research project presentations. If you missed it, catch the replay on YouTube:

IDSC joins with University faculty to mentor IDSC Fellows on how to best utilize University’s cutting-edge advanced computing resources in their proposed research projects. This is a prestigious designation awarded each year to four students, either undergraduate (sophomore level or above) or graduate level.

The chosen 2023-2024 IDSC Fellows presented in this order:

  • Madeleine Dawson (3rd year PhD in Ocean Sciences)
  • Anna Golikova (Senior, majoring in Biology)
  • Christian Ramsoomair (3rd year MD/PhD in Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)]
  • Tianhao Liu (3rd year PhD in Biostatistics)

The Fellows thanked their mentors, supporters, and collaborating researchers, and each session was followed by Q+A.

We apologize for technical difficulties at the start of the event. The opening portion of the first presentation was lost. Madeleine’s session begins in progress . . . The sound begins at 6:15. To skip ahead: Madeline begins at 1:17, Anna at 18:54, Christian at 36:55, and Tianhao at 54:51.

Special thanks to the IDSC Fellows Steering Committee:
CHAIR | Mohamed Iskandarani
MEMBERS | Alberto Cairo, Kim Grinfeder, Daniel Messinger, Mitsunori Ogihara, Kamal Premaratne, Azizi Seixas, Ravi Vadapalli


Madeleine Dawson

Madeleine Dawson

3rd year PhD in Ocean Sciences

PROJECT TITLE: Island Wake Segmentation and Characterization from Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery: A Deep Learning Approach

David R. Chapman, PhD | Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences | Knight Foundation Junior Chair of Data Science and AI | IDSC Core Faculty Member
Hans Graber, ScD  |  Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science
Executive Director, Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS)

Madeleine is currently working with Dr. Hans Graber at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia before beginning her Ph.D. at the University of Miami. Her current research is focused on the characterization of island wakes through spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar datasets. As an IDSC Fellow, the utilization of deep learning techniques will aid in classifying highly dynamic and turbulent features of the island wakes to create accurate parameterizations for future predictions.

Anna Golikova

Anna Golikova

Senior, majoring in Biology

PROJECT TITLE: Identification of bacterial viruses in two reef-building corals, Pseudodiploria strigosa and Montastraea cavernosa

Ravi Vadapalli, PhD | Director, Advanced Computing, IDSC
Cynthia Silveira, PhD | Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences |

Anna is majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry, Computer Science, and Psychology.

After learning about viral diversity in the “Biology of Viruses” course offered at the University of Miami, Anna joined the Silveira Lab to delve deeper into marine viral ecology. She started working on the project that aimed to isolate and identify seawater viruses that infect coral-associated bacteria and that may be involved in coral diseases. As an IDSC Fellow, she hopes to conduct bioinformatics analysis, including genome annotations and comparative genomics study, of her isolated bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) and their hosts in order to explore how bacterial viruses could contribute to the emergence of pathogens in coral reefs.

TianHao Liu

Tianhao Liu

3rd year PhD in Biostatistics

PROJECT TITLE: Spectral Graph Theory Methods Using Eigenpairs With Small Eigenvalues

Kamal Premartne, PhD | Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
Daniel Andrés Díaz-Pachón, PhD  |  Research Assistant Professor, Biostatistics Division, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine

Tianhao is working under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Díaz at the Division of Biostatistics, University of Miami. Tianhao received his M.Sc. in Biostatistics in 2020 from UM. His research centers around pattern recognition and clustering using advanced statistical and machine learning methods. As an IDSC Fellow, he hopes to explore how to make use of the eigenvectors with the smallest eigenvalues in random graph models.

Christian Ramsoomair

Christian Ramsoomair

3rd year MD/PhD in Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

PROJECT TITLE: Locus-Specific Characterization of Transposable Elements in Glioblastoma

Ravi Vadapalli, PhD | Director, Advanced Computing, IDSC
Ashish H. Shah, MD | Department of Neurological Surgery, Miller School of Medicine

Christian is in his first year of graduate studies working under the mentorship of Drs. Danny Reinberg and Ashish Shah in the Sheila and David Fuente Graduate Program in Cancer Biology. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Chemistry (concentration in Biochemistry) from College of the Holy Cross. During the IDSC Fellows program, he is seeking to characterize the role of retroelements in Glioblastoma.