Hawley is a 3rd year PhD Student in Elizabeth Nance’s lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She gets the pleasure of doing her research in analyzing and quantifying brain cell morphology with data science methods. Alongside her research, she has sat as the president for the Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students, as a senator in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, and on the executive board of Women in Chemical Engineering. Besides serving her department, Hawley also loves mentoring and oversees and teaches a team of six truly amazing high schoolers and undergraduates about the intersection of data science, neuroscience, and chemical engineering. Outside of work, she is either reading her way across the world (a book written by an author from every country) or teaching my cat new tricks (she just learned to high five).
Robert Serafin is a current PhD student in the Molecular Biophotonics lab at the University of Washington. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Robert worked at the Allen Institute for Brain Science developing high throughput microscopy systems for cell type identification and spatial transcriptomics in mouse visual cortex. Robert’s current research focuses on developing novel lightsheet microscope systems designed for imaging large clinical specimens.
Wesley Tatum is a recent PhD graduate of UW Materials Science and Engineering, and is now a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Chemical Engineering. Wesley’s work has focused on characterizing electronic materials and their performance from the molecular to the millimeter scale. He has also focused on developing workflows for labeling and quantifying morphology, and using that information to predict device performance.
Dong He is a PhD student at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, advised by Professor Magdalena Balazinska. His research interests are data management systems and data science. Before UW, he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the School of Computer Science at Fudan University, China. He was a former “OIer” and “ACM-ICPCer.”
Mike is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Chemical Engineering Department focused on developing tools for enhanced characterization of the brain microenvironment. His approach leverages fluorescent microscopy to track the movement of hundreds to thousands of nanoparticles simultaneously. The methodology results in significant amounts of trajectory feature data which can be used to gain insight on various properties of the brain microenvironment. The application of data science has allowed him to get more out of the data then ever expected, and he’s excited to see where it takes this project in the future!