Sofiya L.

Sofiya L.Sofiya is a rising freshman at Harvard University. Inspired by women bioengineers at the 2015 ProjectCSGirls competition(app to assist children with autism), she used machine learning algorithms with a homemade gel electrophoresis to predict the next mutation of the Zika virus(2016 ProjectCSGirls competition,4th place). She now focuses on DNA nanorobot designs and educating and inspiring other girls. Most recently, "Intelligent nanorobotic systems for neurodegenerative disease treatment" was recognized (Google Science Fair,1st PA,1of44 regional winners,2019;Regeneron STS Scholar,1of300,2020). She has designed and run several workshop series (“You Can Code: Just For Girls” series,Fall 2017,"Intro to Python", Machine Learning Studio,Microsoft Malvern) and established her senior high school's first Society of Women Engineers club as well as BioHackPhilly and BioEnGene, two community labs in Philadelphia and her high school, respectively. She has been assisting in professional scientific research (3yrs), and aspires to follow in the footsteps of her mentors and lead a research group one day.