First Name

Alex

Last Name

C.

Bio

Alex is a high honors senior at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. A varsity athlete and former nationally ranked swimmer, Alex's passion for computer science and human health has been inspired by her internship, as a rising sophomore, at the Department of Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics Laboratory at Princeton University. She discovered how analyzing the human genome can help disease understanding and even lead to new therapies. Motivated by the suffering of paralyzed patients, Alex worked for the past two years at the Integrated Systems and Neuroimaging Laboratory of Rutgers University to research and code a brain computer interface for communicating with people affected by Locked-In Syndrome. Her system deciphers brain signals using advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, allowing patients to express wishes, needs, and emotions through emojis. Her innovative solution received international recognition at two major peer reviewed IEEE Conferences. Alex presented her work as first author at the 40th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2018. An extended paper showcasing the performance and recognition rate of the system in detail was published by the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, 2018. Furthermore, her research results were featured in the Lawrenceville’s International Alumni Magazine –The Lawrentian, and on her school's website and social media outlets. An early version of the system was awarded Second Place in the regional Intel ISEF competition in Biomedical and Health Sciences. Alex recently reached out to SpeakYourMind foundation to donate her code, hoping that it could be further developed into a practical system to help paralyzed patients to communicate with their loved ones. Alex followed her passion of using computer science to improve people lives during a summer internship as a rising senior at the Siemens Healthcare Technology Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Here she learned to program on a supercomputer and used artificial intelligence algorithms for analyzing Computer Tomography Images to evaluate the total tumor burden in patients with Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. A scientific paper describing the methods and experimental results was recently submitted for publication to IEEE ISBI, an international peer reviewed conference to be held in Venice, Italy, 2019. A campus Tour Guide and Student Ambassador, Alex works to inspire her peers and younger girls towards learning Computer Science and STEM. At the Lawrenceville School, she cofounded and serves as Co-President of the Girls Who Code Club, which aims to teach girls how to code, and has frequent outreach activities to elementary schools in the community to play fun coding games. Alex looks forward to pursue computer science in college with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, data science, and medical applications.