Ashwini  Suriyaprakash

Ashwini Suriyaprakash

Scholar Title

Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center Funded Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Building the Gene Regulatory Network Using Deep Learning




Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Research Areas
  • Computational Biology

Manolis Kellis


The expression of genes is controlled by gene regulatory networks, which capture the interactions between genes, non-coding regulatory elements, and transcription factor proteins. Understanding gene regulatory networks has wide applications in disease treatment since many disease-related mutations occur in non-coding regions and indirectly alter gene expression. Though we understand how some pairs of regulatory elements and genes interact, many interactions still remain unknown. The goal of this project is to discover these interactions by architecting a Transformer-based deep-learning method.


Having taken algorithms and machine learning courses, I am interested in the applications of computer science in human health. I believe this SuperUROP is an excellent opportunity to investigate a fundamental problem in genetic mechanisms using computational methods. While learning about regulatory networks, I am excited to gain more experience in breaking problems into subproblems, handling ambiguity, and communicating my work to others.

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