2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Carla Shatz, Biology and Neurobiology

Photo of Druthi Ghanta.Druthi Ghanta is studying how modern imaging techniques can be automated to analyze dendritic spine data sets in neurobiology. Dendritic spine loss/gain is studied in neural development and neurodegeneration. In particular, she's trying to automate spine detection in high quality images of mice cortex captured using STED microscopy so that there is a faster and more accurate way to quantify changes during neuronal development or degeneration.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2015:

Automating the Analysis of Dendritic Spine Data Sets

Druthi Ghanta1,2, Maja Djurisic2, Assaf Hoogi3, Daniel L. Rubin3, Carla J. Shatz2
[Departments of Computer Science1, Neurobiology2, and Radiology3, Stanford University]