Neriman Tokcan, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Biomedical & Clinical Informatics Lab, received a Michigan Precision Health Scholars Award.
She is using her award to research “A novel tensor similarity score for the classification of cardiac index,” which addresses the challenges of analyzing multidimensional data in biomedical data processing.
The University of Michigan’s Precision Health Scholar Award program grants up to $80,000 for one year per recipient with the potential for renewal. The awards program aims to expand the field of precision health by cultivating a cohort of promising early-career researchers in the field and spark new collaborative research avenues by engaging early-career investigators with tools and data to support their work. Tokcan’s project was one of twelve selected from 60 strong applicants.
“My career objective is to become a scientist who bridges disciplines to develop a science of tensor analysis, applicable in the context of precision health to manage cardiac conditions, traumatic brain injuries, and traumatic pelvic and abdominal injuries,” says Tokcan.
She earned her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2017, under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Reznick. Neriman received a MS in Mathematics, also from UIUC, and a BS in Mathematics from Cukurova University, Turkey.
“MCIRCC is very proud of Neriman and her work in critical care precision medicine. She is a great example of the future innovators we need that are not afraid to step out of their comfort zones and build bridges in disciplines to solve what are sometimes viewed as intractable problems. The power and promise of this approach cannot be overstated,” said MCIRCC Executive Director Dr. Kevin Ward.
Congratulations Neriman Tokcan!