- Scott Scholar
- UNO, Information Science & Technology
Lavanya is from Omaha, NE and is studying bioinformatics and biology. Her leadership experience includes serving as a representative on the Executive Board for Honors Student Association (HSA), regional director for the State of Nebraska CoderGirls, president of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at the Millard Public Library, and a middle school tutor. As a representative for HSA, she coordinates meetings, and social events for fellow honor students. As regional director of CoderGirls, an international organization that encourages girls to learn about computer science, she assists in the development of curriculum. As president of TAB, she assists patrons, manages the budget, and participates in the Summer Reading Program. As a tutor, she teaches middle school students introductory Java to emphasize the importance of computer literacy. Her internship experience includes serving as an operations systems services (OSS) intern at Union Pacific Railroad. In this role, she would troubleshoot technical issues with computers, phones, and mobile wifi devices. She was also responsible for redesigning wiki pages. She currently works as a research assistant in a computer science lab at UNO's College of Information Science and Technology. In this position, she processes ISIS-affiliated images in order to train an AI to detect terrorist images on websites for the Department of Defense. Her research experience includes working with Dr. Kathryn Cooper in the bioinformatics lab with the aid of a FUSE grant. She is currently using bioinformatics algorithms to analyze frameshift mutations of critical nucleotides in West Nile Virus, which are then used to identify genomic sources of pathogenicity in different strains of the virus. Her career interests include bioinformatics with a focus on bioengineering, pathology, infectious diseases, public health, and analysis of big data sets.