Baris Ekim

Baris  Ekim
MIT EECS | Keel Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Bonnie A. Berger
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Theory of Computer Systems
Years: 2019-2020
Research Project Title:

A Privacy-Preserving Framework for Secure Genomic Imputation

abstract:We present a framework for genotype imputation, a crucial step in the analysis of genome-wide association studies that maintains the confidentiality of underlying genotypes, and show that it can feasibly scale to commonly used reference panel sizes. Our method shows how modern techniques in cryptography can be used to analyze personal genomic data and prevent privacy concerns in genomic analysis, while allowing individuals to impute their own genomes without compromising privacy.

"Even though I participated in the UROP for two years, I have been looking for opportunities to properly communicate my findings and learn more about the research process. When I heard about SuperUROP, it seemed like a great fit! I hope I can continue my previous research within SuperUROP and learn more about the ways I can present and communicate my findings clearly."