U of T’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdocs
Meet the inaugural cohort of U of T’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship and learn what grand challenges they aim to solve using AI:
Daniel Gilman: the mysterious properties of dark matter
Research goal: To identify and understand the properties of dark matter, one of the most confounding mysteries in cosmology.
Soumita Ghosh: early detection of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Research goal: To discover consistent biomarkers, leading to non-invasive tests for large-scale screening, early detection and individually customized interventions for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, the most common chronic liver disease in Canada.
Md Abdul Halim: mitigating methane emissions for smart cities
Research goal: To quantify and monitor point-source methane emissions, which traps 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide, from urban landscapes and develop effective mitigation strategies for climate smart cities.
Jessica Leivesley: revolutionizing fish population management
Research goal: To revolutionize the monitoring and management of commercially important fish populations through non-invasive and non-lethal methods.
Tianyuan Lu: genetic disease prevention for underrepresented ancestries
Research goal: To improve the prevention of complex diseases by better understanding an individual’s genetic predispositions, especially for individuals of non-European ancestries who are vastly underrepresented in the data.
Soukayna Mouatadid: accurate forecasting for weather event management
Research goal: To improve the accuracy of sub-seasonal forecasting to better respond to weather events, including decisions related to water allocation, wildfire management, and drought and flood mitigation.
Gerard O’Leary: devices to treat neurological disorders
Research goal: To better understand mechanisms of neurological disorders and to accelerate the deployment of neuroelectronic medical devices to treat them, devices which have already shown great promise in reducing symptoms of brain-related disorders, such as tremors and seizures.
Felix Strieth-Kalthoff: sustainable molecules for medicine, agriculture and materials
Research goal: To make molecules sustainably and efficiently for different (chemical) industries, ranging from modern medicine and drug development to agrochemistry and performance materials.
Daoye Zhu: sustainable natural-urban ecosystems
Research goal: To improve our understanding of a wide range of biophysical, ecosystem and socio-economic changes in order to create sustainable natural-urban ecosystems.
Fatema Tuz Zohora: anti-cancer drug resistance
Research goal: To improve anti-cancer drug resistance in humans, which is responsible for up to 90 per cent of cancer related deaths, despite vast improvements to date.
By Erin Warner