May 19, 2021

The Bioengineers Without Borders (BWB) Target Malaria Project Data Processing team has a need for students in Computer Science Engineering (CSE) and Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE). These students will serve in a vital role as Data Processing Consultants. The team is currently reaching out to all available contacts to secure new and valuable teammates in these areas. With this, I am reaching out to you for support in finding the best candidates for making this project’s Data Processing the best it can be. I will also be reaching out to advisors regarding this topic.

The BWB Target Malaria Project is currently developing a portable Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) assay to test for particular genes in mosquito populations. With this knowledge, Target Malaria can be more effective at reducing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa. To effectively analyze the data that follows the LAMP assay, the BWB developed the Data Processing team. The team’s goal is to develop an application for mobile devices that can capture, process, and send an image taken from the LAMP assay (a grid of dots that do or don’t light up according to the presence of desired genes).
The expectations for a student committed to this role would be to consult the team and provide additional support when needed at the occasional team meeting. Team meetings are an hour and occur a few times a month. The project meetings are hour-long biweekly. This is not a paid position. Students occupying the role of Data Processing Consultant would only be required to attend team meetings.

The CSE Data Processing Consultant should know about application development (preferably for mobile devices), python experience, and image processing skills. The HCDE Data Processing Consultant should be familiar and skilled with mobile application user experience, particularly for users who don’t share the same language (English, Spanish, etc.).


Samantha Boczek