PhD Student — MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics (MUIDSI)
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I am a second-year graduate student working towards my PhD at the MUIDSI in the Xu lab at Mizzou. Currently, my work is with single-molecule technology and how it can be used to understand spatial and temporal patterns in cells and tissues. For one part of this project, we are tracking individual proteins as they move across the surface of cells. For another part of this project, we are investigating the spatial distribution of mRNA transcripts across many cells in tissue samples. My role is to develop a computational platform with which we can assess how the locations of these molecules change across time and space. This work can be especially useful for understanding how many different cell types work together in a tissue and how tumors develop.