Photo of Stanford student and Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant Poojit Hegde.
2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

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Mentor: Ron Davis, Biochemistry and Genetics

“A Machine Learning Approach to the Morphological Classification of Red Blood Cells for the Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a multi-systemic, debilitating illness affecting millions of people across the world, yet diagnosis remains difficult, and its etiology is poorly understood. Poojit will be inducing red blood cell (RBC) morphologies to train a machine learning classifier, in order to construct morphological profiles for patients and controls. These profiles will be used to develop a visual diagnostic for ME/CFS and better explain changes in RBC deformability and general cardiovascular differences in ME/CFS patients.