Dept. of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics is a part of the University of Rostock, Germany Universität Rostock

Mariam Nassar

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Research Interest

Identifying blood cells using machine learning

Identifying the number of different white blood cells (WBC) in human blood is an established clinical routine, where WBC are labeled with fluorescent markers.
I present a novel approach based on machine learning where WBC are identified label-free, i.e., without any markers.
I work on developing an open-source workflow that seamlessly connects the recorded images from the instruments with machine learning. The goal is a presentation of the results relevant for clinicians. 
This enables fast, cheap and highly accurate identification of WBC, without destroying the cells and leaves marker channels free to answer other biological questions.

Information retrieval and ranking for computational models

Modelling biological systems is necessary to characterize  biological phenomena and to study the behavior of biological systems. As the science is developing day by day, the number of models is rising too. Therefore searching for models is becoming more and more important. Models can be searched by different aspects. For example we can search models by keywords or by certain structures. Models can be searched by their ontology terms too. However, as we are to optimize methods to search for models, combining search results is equally important.
From this perspective, we are interested in how to create a metric to combine results from our current ranked retrieval into a single similarity score.

Academic Background

Bachelor degree in Computer Science

Master degree in Computer Science

University of Rostock
Rostock, Germany  

Contact Details

Systems Biology and Bioinformatics
Ulmenstrasse 69 (building 3, 3rd floor)
18057 Rostock, Germany
Room 412

phone: +49 381 498-7680
fax: +49 381 498-118 7572
mail: mariam.nassar(at)