Sofiya L.

Sofiya L.

Inspired by women bioengineers at the 2015 ProjectCSGirls competition (where she prototyped an app to assist children with autism), Sofiya used her science fair project--a homemade gel electrophoresis device, and algorithms from Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio--to predict the next mutation of the Zika virus for the 2016 ProjectCSGirls competition, where she won the 4th place national prize. She now focuses on expanding her independent research interests with aspirations of designing DNA robots and on educating and inspiring other girls. She has designed and run several workshop series for girls in computer science, most recently the “You Can Code: Just For Girls” series in Fall 2017 and also established her junior high school’s first Coding Club. She currently assists in professional scientific research in two separate institutions.