IDSC is pleased to announce the four outstanding students selected as the 2023-2024 IDSC Fellows. If you missed meeting them at the Launch Symposium 11/28, catch the replay on YouTube, and join us on April 30th at the Capstone event to hear their progress. (Registration link forthcoming.)
3rd year PhD in Ocean Sciences
PROJECT TITLE: Island Wake Segmentation and Characterization from Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery: A Deep Learning Approach
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.
Senior, majoring in Biology
PROJECT TITLE: Identification of bacterial viruses in two reef-building corals, Pseudodiploria strigosa and Montastraea cavernosa
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.
3rd year PhD in Biostatistics
PROJECT TITLE: Spectral Graph Theory Methods Using Eigenpairs With Small Eigenvalues
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.
3rd year MD/PhD in Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
PROJECT TITLE: Locus-Specific Characterization of Transposable Elements in Glioblastoma
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.