Changing how healthcare is delivered with computer science

PhD candidate Ram Prasad MohantyPhD candidate Ram Prasad Mohanty is helping to develop a faster and more accurate prototype design for DNA analysis which could change how healthcare is delivered by offering DNA diagnostics tests in-the-field and personalised medicine.

Profile

  • Undergraduate degree:  Technology in Computer Science Engineering, Biju Patnaik University of Technology, India, and Master of Technology by Research from the National Institute of Technology, India
  • Scholarship: UNSW Canberra Scholarship
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor Andrew Lambert and Professor Sri Parameswaran
  • Research fields: Embedded System for Genomic Processing

Why did you choose UNSW Computer Science Engineering to undertake your research project?

I chose UNSW Computer Science and Engineering because I wanted to have international research experience and the research project on offer resonated with me – through this engineering project I can help lots of people.

What project are you working on?

I am working on designing and implementing an energy-efficient system for DNA processing in resource-constrained environments like regional hospitals. The project aims to optimise the associated DNA analysis algorithms which were originally developed for high-performance computers and develop novel algorithms that can run on more lightweight embedded systems.  

Why did you choose this project?

I chose this project because it has the potential to change the direction of healthcare which excites me.  It could change how healthcare is delivered by offering DNA diagnostic tests in-the-field and personalised medicine.

What do you hope to achieve with this project?

I hope to develop a faster and more accurate prototype design for DNA analysis that can be used in hospitals or clinics. The research outcomes will be especially useful for patients living in remote areas where accessing medical technology like maybe more difficult.

What are your goals after study?

After completing this research I’ll be looking for my next research opportunity, ideally one which brings together DNA analysis and computer engineering. It’s also really important that the research I do in the future continues to help people and intrigues me!

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