Mary Gates Endowment For Students

Justin Dillard-Telm

Mary Gates Research Scholar, Autumn 2020

Research Project: YoloV3 and the Biology of Aging

Project Description: For this project I trained a neural network to recognize yeast cells in different stages of their life cycle for the purposes of screening for lifespan extensions in different yeast strains.

What have you learned throughout your research project?

Through this research project I learned a lot about both the power and the limitations of machine learning, along with different ways to balance datasets and toggle input parameters to machine learning algorithms to achieve statistically accurate results.

What piece of advice do you have for future applicants?

My advice for future scholars is this: you should present more than just ideas in your application. You should have data and other deliverables that can be discussed.