2023 AI4ALL Summer Program Concludes
28 talented high school students, most from California, participated in the 2023 virtual UCSF AI4ALL summer program and learned AI applications to Biomedicine with a focus on machine learning approaches.
This year 28 talented high school students, most from California, participated in the 2023 virtual UCSF AI4ALL summer program and learned AI applications to Biomedicine with a focus on machine learning approaches. This program, founded by Dr. Marina Sirota and led by Dr. Sirota and Dr. Tomiko Oskotsky, targets students from backgrounds largely underrepresented in AI and is free for students to attend. Students had an opportunity to engage with UCSF BCHSI faculty - William Brown, Tony Capra, Jean Feng, Gabriela Fragiadakis, Julian Hong, Michael Keiser, Katie Pollard, Ida Sim, and Catherine Tcheandjieu - and guest faculty presenter Dr. Jonathan Golob of the University of Michigan.
They also had an opportunity to learn about data, AI/ML, and python coding, as well as work on 1 of 5 hands-on, small group research projects guided by UCSF staff, UCSF medical students, and UCSF and UC Berkeley graduate students, including Albert Lee, Leen Arnaout, Olu Adegbite, Tomas Alamin, Yaen Chen, Abraham Dada, Simran Kanal, Vivian Kwok, Shreya Menon, Alex Silva, Krishna Agarwal, Krishna Choudhary, Lauren Kim, Alex Li, Karla Lindquist, Abhejit Rajagopal, Lee Rao, Ben Michaels, Nikolina Tomic, and Lucas Waldburger. The projects focused on application of AI/ML to biomedicine ranging in topics from identifying cognitive decline from NHANES data, to endometriosis classification from transcriptomic data, to predicting the effect of microbiome on pregnancy outcomes. The program concluded with the program’s Final Symposium (see video), which featured keynote speaker Dr. Maya Petersen, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Co-Director of the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Program in Computational Precision Health, and showcased the students’ research project work.