DSI Interns: Our Next Generation of Researchers and Scientists Will Change the World

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Guest post by Virginia Meyer, PhD, Training Director for the Intramural Research Program, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Every year, NLM’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) hosts its Data Science and Informatics (DSI) Scholars Program, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups who are pursuing biomedical informatics training and research opportunities in computer science and related fields. I invite you to meet six of this year’s interns and learn about the innovative research they are doing in the NLM IRP!

Editor’s Note: Check out our intern slideshow below! To learn more about each intern and their experience with the DSI program, roll your cursor over their image to pause the slideshow.

Mukshud Ahamed

“I am from Westbrook, Connecticut. I attend Stony Brook University in New York and am co-mentored by NLM Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Aravind Iyer and Dr. Jessica Seeliger at Stony Brook. My research areas are evolutionary genomics and biomolecular structure.”

Learn more about Mukshud!

Asmaa Awan

“I’m from Village Subedar Ahmad Khan Awan in Sindh, Pakistan. I’m an international student studying for my Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics at Morgan State University. My PI at NLM is Dr. Lauren Porter. My research areas are evolutionary genomics and biomolecular structure.”

Learn more about Asmaa!

Smitha Edakalavan

“I’m a PhD student in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. My PI is Dr. Jeremy Weiss, and my research area is clinical informatics.”

Learn more about Smitha!

Emily Guan

“I’m from Ocean, NJ, and I’m an undergrad at Johns Hopkins University. My PI is Dr. Zhiyong Lu, and my research area is image processing.”

Learn more about Emily!

Radiah Islam

“I was born in Texas but have lived in Maryland over the past six years. I am a rising senior at the University of Maryland, and my PI is Dr. Ivan Ovcharenko. My research areas are networks, gene regulation, and chromatin.”

Learn more about Radiah!

Shreyash Singh

“My hometown is New Orleans. My university affiliation is Vanderbilt University, and my PI is Dr. Zhiyong Lu. My research areas are natural language processing and computational biology.”

Learn more about Shreyash!
Headshot of Dr. Virginia Meyer.

Virginia Meyer, PhD

Training Director, Intramural Research Program, NLM

Dr. Meyer received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Denver and completed postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. She transitioned to a training role at NIH in 2015 and worked as the Director of Student Services for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program until 2020 when she became the Training Coordinator at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Meyer now oversees and advises postdoctoral, postbaccalaureate, and student researchers in the NLM Intramural Research Program.

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