Over the course of this year, I’ve actively sought out scientific service projects I could contribute to virtually. I have mainly worked with SciStarter: an online citizen science hub recognized by the National Science Foundation that directly supports NGO and university-level research and have made around 100 total contributions to various projects. 

Project Involvement

EyeWire

By mapping over 30 3D retinal neuron structures, I’ve helped Princeton University’s Seung Lab (supported by ARO and the Mathers Foundation) advance their knowledge of neurons and neuron connection networks. In 2018 alone, roughly 3,000 neuron cells were completed, and I am excited to continue contributing to the rising discovery of neurons, allowing me to push neuroscience forward by helping develop innovative AI and computational methods for neuron mapping and make strides in blindness therapies and retinal prosthetic research.

Phylo

I have helped align DNA sequences (from the UCSC Genome Browser) in multiple sequence alignments that would otherwise not be optimally aligned by complex heuristics in my involvement with McGill University’s Phylo. I earned over 250 in-game points aligning DNA sequences linked to blood/immune diseases, infectious diseases, and various cancers. By creating optimal multiple sequence alignments, I’ve helped biologists identify mutation sites and trace the sources of genetic diseases such as breast cancer. 

Stallcatchers

Stallcatchers, a project by the Human Computational Institute in collaboration with Cornell University and UC Berkeley, lets users identify clogged blood vessels (“stalls”) in mice brains through a virtual microscope, contributing to Schaffer-Nishimura Lab’s (Cornell University) Alzheimer’s research. I have contributed around 2,000 points of blood vessel data and identified over 40 stalls, providing the data necessary to analyze the causes of stalls and find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.