Headshot portrait of Roshni Cooper - Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow
Bio-X SIGF Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2012
Home Department: Electrical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Kang Shen (Biology) and Mark Horowitz (Electrical Engineering)

Research Title: Exploring the nervous system more effectively with electrical engineering

Research Description: With today’s advanced microscopes, biologists image neurons in unprecedented detail. These images allow us to discern the causes of neuronal diseases and eventually discover treatments and cures for them. Today, analyzing biological pictures is largely a manual process involving tedious tasks like counting hundreds of connections between neurons, which is prone to human error and is incredibly slow. Roshni is invoking techniques from EE to process biological images much faster and more consistently, yielding far more data than previously possible. Using information on this scale, we will be able to draw more precise and unambiguous conclusions about the nervous system.


Roshni is a staff software engineer / technical lead manager at Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car company. She is developing machine learning and computer vision techniques to enable cars to perceive the world around them.