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Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholars Program

Accepted Students – 2021

Ahad Abubake

I am currently studying Computer Science at DePaul University as an undergraduate. Some of my interests lie in mathematics and analyzing massive amounts of information for patterns. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, play sports such as basketball and soccer, and play video games.

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Ramaraj, Thiru

Project: Computational Approaches to detect and segment biofilm regions from microscopy images probed by Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH)

Biofilms are communities of microorganisms that colonize and grow on surfaces such as living tissues, medical implant devices, water systems, and natural aquatic systems. Biofilms are key to many biological processes. Microscopic imaging of biofilms is one of the important tools used for characterizing biofilms. In this work, we propose to develop computational approaches using both traditional and machine learning approaches to detect and segment biofilm regions that were studied by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). We plan to study FISH images of biofilms formed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen. Our methodology will facilitate automatic detection of biofilm boundaries to extract fluorescent intensity values which will provide valuable data to quantitatively analyze biofilm heterogeneity.

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