Home Department: Computer Science
Mentor: Manu Prakash, Bioengineering
“Efficient Computational Pipeline for Accurate Diagnosis of Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases”
Over the past 5 years, there has been no significant progress in reducing global malaria rates: instead, cases of malaria have increased. Amol will develop a series of computational pipelines to accurately detect and determine the concentration of the malaria parasite. By employing optics, signal processing, and machine learning techniques, he aims to identify key features for parasite staging/speciation and determine how to efficiently detect the parasites with a new low-cost high-throughput imaging platform that is battery-powered and can screen more than one million blood cells per minute.