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AMSI grant recipient profile: Ke Ding

Ke Ding

Australian National University

I am MPhil student from ANU and my research interest is in deep learning. I am currently developing a deep neural network to study the interactions of RNA binding proteins. I am also working at NCI as an associated training officer to help NCI users to better use supercomputer to boost their research project.

Can you give me a quick overview of the type of mathematics you are studying and its potential applications or outcomes?

I’m currently working on applying the most recent deep learning techniques to genomics. For example, predicting gene expression with the associated DNA sequences.

How did you get into the mathematical sciences/bioinformatics?

I was doing an internship at the Wen Group, and I was introduced to the concept of Deep Learning. I was fascinated by the deep neural network’s capabilities in bioinformatics. So I decided to learn more about it by enrolling in a research degree programme.

What advice would you give to your younger self or others wanting to studying the mathematical sciences?

Deep Learning is evolving at a rapid pace, so it is critical to read the most recent papers and replicate the most recent models in order to keep up with the community.

What was your motivation for attending AMSI BioInfoSummer?

I really enjoyed AMSI BioInfoSummer and the lecture + workshop format. It not only exposed me to new ideas, but also gave me the opportunity to run examples on my own. I would strongly advise my peers to attend the event because it is both eye-opening and practical.

You received an AMSI BioInfoSummer travel grant to attend AMSI BioInfoSummer. How important was this in terms of your ability to attend and fully participate in the sessions throughout the week?

I enrolled in AMSI BIS online two years ago. Being able to attend in person enabled me to become more involved and interact with other participants more effectively. I am grateful for the organizer’s travel grant support and the excellent event provided.

What was your main take away from AMSI BioInfoSummer?

The main takeaway for me from this event is to learn the most recent techniques and to be aware of the current bioinformatics trend.

Where do you want the mathematical sciences to take you? Where do you see yourself in five or ten years’ time?

I intend to pursue a research degree in computational biology. And I hope to contribute to the community in the future.