Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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Predicting disease phenotypes based on genotype data

Summer 2017

Roshni Patel : Molecular and Cell Biology

Mentor: Steven Brenner/Plant and Microbial Biology

Phenylketonuria is an inherited metabolic disorder that affects 1 in 10000 newborns every year. Left undiagnosed and untreated, phenylketonuria can cause severe neurological impairment. My project uses machine learning methods on genotypic data to predict the phenotypic impact of genetic mutations. These predictions can supplement current methods used to screen newborns for phenylketonuria.

Message to Sponsor:

I feel incredibly fortunate to have received this research opportunity through URAP. I find the work both interesting and meaningful, and I plan to pursue similar work in graduate school.