Summer Interns 2011

 

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Annie Chen

Annie earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Harvard University, a Master of Science in information science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. there.  Between her undergraduate and graduate years, she spent about a dozen years studying and working in Tokyo, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan.  Her current areas of research are health-related text mining, information retrieval, and information behaviors, particularly with regard to chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and diabetes.  For her Master's thesis, she investigated the relationship between food choice motivations, eating habits, and information seeking behaviors in Japanese university students.  Some of her current projects include the study of information and emotional exchange in health-related online social communities and fibromyalgia sufferers' information behaviors.  In her free time, she enjoys seeking out new restaurants, food experimentation, and running to soak up the ambience and spirit of the neighborhoods in which she runs.

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Bryant Chen

Bryant earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago. After graduating, Bryant spent six months working with Northwestern University professor, Ming-Yang Kao, researching computational finance algorithms and a year and a half as a management consultant at Novantas.  Bryant is currently a Ph.D. student in computer science at UCLA.  The focus of his graduate studies is on probabilistic and causal reasoning.

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Tushar Dave

Tushar completed his Bachelor of Technology in Biomedical Engineering at Ganpat University in India. He is pursuing his Master’s in Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics. He has experience in the fields of software development, data analysis, and NCBI. He is currently working on his thesis in the Pathway Interaction Software. 

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Gwendolyn Gillingham (Gwen)

Gwen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her graduate work in Linguistics at UCSD has focused primarily on Semantics and Pragmatics - what sentences mean, and how they are used. Within these domains, her work has focused on experiments on the calculation of a certain pattern of inferential language use called Scalar Implicature, as well as the interpretation of pronouns in irrealis constructions. She has previously been involved in Modéliser le changement: Les voies du français, where she helped to develop a large corpus of Medieval and Historical French through the University of Ottawa. Her current hobbies include bike maintenance, cryptograms, Doctor Who, and excessive caffeination.

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Howard Ho

Howard is a sophomore at UCSD currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is a San Diego native who is interested in learning new things not only about programming, but also about how we can integrate information and ideas with technology. There are many areas of computation and programming that he is interested in, and he hopes to explore as many as he can in his lifetime. Howard has volunteered over 600 hours at his local hospital, working in the pharmacy department. Howard has had a previous internship at EEDAR. In his spare time Howard enjoys playing video games such as Legend of Zelda and Starcraft 2. 

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Sylvia Hon

Sylvia is currently a graduate student in Duke University's Master’s program in biomedical engineering. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego. She is currently focused on medical imaging since graduating and is now working with breast imaging modalities research at the Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories. Her projects include reducing noise and artifacts from segmented breast MR images and correcting a background gradient across tomo images. She was first exposed to imaging through her undergraduate senior design project where she worked with optical imaging to examine a bio-mechanical aspect of the breast that may lead to higher cancer risks. Sylvia took part in Tau Beta Pi Honor Engineering Society where she participated in outreach events and then became outreach coordinator in her senior year. She enjoys reaching out to young children to encourage them to take part in science. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, learning new languages, baking, and planning fun events. 

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Elizabeth Johnstone

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and Ecology from Winona State University in Winona, MN. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. She is working towards an MPH degree with specialization in environmental chemistry and toxicology. As an undergrad, Elizabeth conducted molecular biology research for USGS studying changes in gene expression of male yellow perch after exposure to estrogen compounds. This included designing primer sequences to use in qPCR and analysis of the data. Elizabeth was also involved in research for Asian carp control in the Mississippi River. As a graduate student Elizabeth wants to focus on how toxic compounds in the environment play a role in the development of chronic illnesses and reproductive problems. Elizabeth’s hobbies include reading, making jewelry, and exploring the outdoors.

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Myoung Lah

Myoung earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007.  His interests are in consumer applications and security. Myoung has worked on an automated patient check-in kiosk and a system vulnerability data standard.  He is particularly interested in mobile applications, data persistence and accessibility, and the quality of the user experience.  He is starting his Master’s degree at UCSD in the fall, and plans to focus on Human-Computer Interaction and UI design.  Myoung is a cellist (on hiatus), exploring Crossfit, recreational basketball player, and retired kendo player.

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Konstantinos Sideris

Konstantinos earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Computer Engineering at National Technical University of Athens, Greece. His graduate work is focused on physical simulations as well as vision subjects including 3D reconstruction and perceptual interfaces. His current advisor is Petros Faloutsos and he is a member of Magix lab at UCLA. He enjoys skiing and surfing.

 

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Jennifer Somaru

Jennifer is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics with a minor in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Jennifer has studied abroad in Spain, learning about the history and culture of Flamenco dancing as well as the various types of Spanish dialects. She is interested in Language Acquisition as a field of further study. Jennifer plays water polo on UCSD's club team, and is very involved with her job at Donovan's Steak and Chop House in La Jolla where she takes on a leadership role organizing weekly reports and meetings. Jennifer loves to be outdoors and to spend time with her family.

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Alexander Sullivan (Alex)

Alex is entering his final year of bachelor studies at UC San Diego, and is currently applying to UCSD's Masters program in Electrical Engineering. For the last year, Alex has been volunteering in a humanitarian engineering organization called Teams In Engineering Service (TIES). Within TIES, Alex led a team of engineering students to build portable solar-panel systems for Mbita, Kenya. In the summer of 2010, the team sent their first prototype to Mbita. Alex's research interests include human-computer interfaces, and scientific instrumentation. He will pick-up and read anything he gets his hands on, except for Faulkner. He enjoys surfing, scuba diving, writing haikus and talking to strangers.

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Shen Tian

Shen is an undergraduate student pursuing Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at UC San Diego. Software engineering is her main focus. She is enthusiastic about learning new technology in her field of studies. Currently, Shen works with UCSD AUVSI group on an Unmanned Aerial System project for the Student UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) competition. Aside from her science studies, Shen enjoys traveling, reading and playing cello.

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Mishika Vora

Mishika's career interests include economics, entrepreneurship, sustainability, biomedical computation, web development, and cloud computing. Mishika enjoys singing, dancing, writing, reading and practicing yoga.

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Liqin Wang

Liqin is a PhD student studying Biomedical Informatics at University of Utah. She has the Bachelor of Science in Observation Control Techniques and Instruments from Xidian University, and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University. She has three years of industrial experience in developing PACS, RIS, HIS, and Imaging workstations. Her current research interest is to use ontology for semantic summarization and visualization of personal medical records, which crosses the domains of information/knowledge extraction, ontological disease modeling, decision-making, andinformation visualization.  She is also involved in research using natural language processing tool to identify the common language of radiology, and to evaluate the completeness of radiology terminology (RadLex).

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Shuang Wang

Shuang received his B.S. degree in Physics from Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China. During undergraduate, he participated in the research of dusty plasma instability supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China and International Collaboration Funds. Then he selected Biomedical Engineering as Master’s Degree at DUT to follow his interest in biologically motivated computer simulations. He got his second Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Now, Shuang is pursuing his Ph.D. in ECE at OU. His current research focuses on Source/Channel coding, Machine Learning, Image/signal processing, and Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) based on GPU. He was awarded Robert Hughes Centennial Fellowship (2009-2012) from OU’s College of Engineering. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, he worked as an intern in Soft Imaging LLC in Houston, in the area of lossless watermarking for data security and integrity of medical images. 

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Mingyuan Zhang

Mingyuan earned her Bachelor of Medicine in Nursing and double major in electronic business at Peking University, Beijing, China. She is currently pursuing her Ph. D. degree in Biomedical Informatics from University of Utah and working as a graduate assistant for the Data Management Team of Information Technology Service at the University of Utah Health Care. Her Ph. D. work will focus on using Heart Failure guidelines to help with quality improvement. She also worked on quality measures for Meaningful Use. Mingyuan likes traveling and trying new things.