Current Fellows

Yeo Jin "Amy" Ahn, CCS Fellows Symposium Spring 2019

Current Fellows

The 2020-2021 session was disrupted owing to the pandemic.



For the 2019-2020 session, the IDSC Fellows Program launched its sixth cohort with four outstanding University of Miami students. Selected participants were:

Chitra Banarjee, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing IDSC Fellow 2019-2020

Chitra Banarjee

Project:  Movement and Social Approach in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Gang Ren, PhD | IDSC AI + Machine Learning
Daniel S. Messinger, PhD  |  Professor of Psychology

Chitra is an undergraduate at UM studying Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Mathematics (Applied Analysis) with a minor in Chemistry. She’s currently working under Dr. Daniel Messinger in the Interactive Behavior in Schools (IBIS) project to understand social movement and approach in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through objective, continuous measurements. As an IDSC Fellow, she hopes to explore the potential of automated behavioral measurement for objectively describing the ASD phenotype through quantification of the social movement deficits characteristic of children with ASD in their interactions with their peers.

Anthony Mario Bonacolta, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing IDSC Fellow 2019-2020

Anthony Mario Bonacolta

Project:  Single-cell Transcriptomic Sequencing of a Coral during the Bleaching Process

Ben Kirtman, PhD | Deputy Director, IDSC, and, Director, IDSC Earth Systems
Javier del Campo, PhD  |  Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, RSMAS

Anthony is a first year PhD student in Dr. Javier del Campo’s Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Laboratory in the Marine Biology and Ecology Department at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. His research focuses on the role of micro-eukaryotes and bacteria in marine organisms.

Jia Geng, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing IDSC Fellow 2019-2020

Jia Geng

Project:  Developing Deep Learning Models for Rotifer (Bachionus spp.) Detection and Classification

Amin Sarafraz, PhD  |  Research Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and IDSC Software Engineering
Daniel Benetti, PhD  |  Director of Aquaculture and Professor, Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society

Jia is currently a PhD student in Marine Ecosystem and Society under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Benetti. He received his BS in Aquaculture from the Ocean University of China in 2015 and Graduate Certification in Data Science Foundations from North Carolina State University in 2019. His doctoral research centers on developing AI systems to automated live feed cultivation for fish hatcheries. During the IDSC Fellows program, he hopes to apply deep learning models to achieve high accuracy rotifer detection and classification. His project website can be reached via GitHub: gengjia0214/AIRoti.

Congratulations Jia! Jia has been selected for an “AI for Earth Microsoft Azure Compute” Grant. Through this award, Jia will receive a sponsored Microsoft Azure account for his project. Microsoft’s AI for Earth program awards grants to support projects that change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and ultimately manage, Earth’s natural systems. Depending on project need, the grants can award Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources (including AI tools) and/or data labeling services.


Karna Nagalla, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing IDSC Fellow 2019-2020

Karna Nagalla

Project:  Computational Approaches to Microbiome Alterations and Disease States

Sylvia Daunert, PhD  Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Lucille P. Markey Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director, Dr. JT Macdonald Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute
Director of Research, Center for Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Gregory O’Connor, PhD  |  Post Doctoral Associate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Karna is an undergraduate at the University of Miami studying Microbiology/Immunology and Applied Math with a minor in Chemistry and Electrical Engineering. He will be working under Dr. Sylvia Daunert and Dr. Gregory O’Connor to analyze human microbiome changes caused by various diseases and their progression. Through the IDSC Fellows program, he hopes to continue learning different analyses programs to analyze massive amounts of data as well as gain a further understanding of the human microbiome and its potential role in disease treatments.