Naomi Nkinsi

University of Washington, Class of 2016
Intended Biology Major and Global Health Minor

Naomi is a 2012 graduate of Skyline High School in Sammamish, WA. After she completes her undergraduate degree in biology, Naomi plans to attend medical school.

Education, Honors, and Awards

Research Interests

During ALVA, Naomi worked with her mentor Heidi Gildersleeve in Dr. Michael Bamshad's lab, housed within the Department of Pediatrics. The focus of Naomi's research project was a rare genetic disorder called Miller Syndrome. Miller Syndrome is characterized by craniofacial abnormalities, cleft palate, missing digits on hands and feet, just to name a few. The disorder is linked to mutations in the DHODH gene located on chromosome 16. The goal of Naomi's project was to study the mutation variations of this particular gene by comparing various samples. This kind of study could help to determine what mutations within the DHODH gene actually cause Miller Syndrome. Following the completion of ALVA, Naomi continued her research in the Bamshad Lab as an undergraduate research through the GenOM Project Undergraduate Research Program.

During the summer of 2013, Naomi participated in the Bioinformatics and Integrated Genomics (BIG) Summer Institute, run through a partnership with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She worked with Dr. John Brownstein conducting research in an effort to improve methods of public health surveillance using social media and online sources. One such program is HealthMap, a web application and service co-founded by Dr. Brownstein that collects data via various online sources, processes the information received, and sends out disease outbreak alerts. Naomi's project focused on the use of this program in parts of Africa, where coverage and resources are limited.


Research Projects

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Gerberding G76
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