|school:||The University of Chicago|
|project:||Development of machine learning algorithms in biology|
DIMACS (the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) was founded as one of 24 Science and Technology Centers funded by the NSF. It hosts a 9-week REU program, which I attended in the summer of 2015.
I worked with Dr. Kevin Chen and explored epigenomic data for predicting enhancers -- sequences in the DNA that regulate gene expression. The machine learning algorithms I used included hidden Markov models (HMMs), support vector machines (SVMs), and logistic regression. I combined various datasets with these models to better understand the relationships between enhancer marks and their role in enhancer prediction.