Hello! I am Zach, a senior at Bronx Science interested in computer science and pursuing scientific research.
I am the founder and president of the Bronx Science Machine Learning Club and I occasionally opine on Deep Learning topics on Perceptron.
Since 2018, I've been working with Dr. Jiook Cha and Dr. Vladimir Shapovalov as a member of the Math and Computer Science Research Track at Bronx Science. I have leveraged my passion for advanced math and machine learning to contribute to two really interesting research projects: 1) Create an algorithm to better analyze four-dimensional fRMI data and improve prescription efficacy for patients suffering from depression. 2) Conduct a data-driven assessment of the link between Ahi1 gene expression and stress sensitivity in humans in order to inform the design of better pharmacogenomic treatment for anxiety and mood-related disorders.
During my junior year of high school, I wrote a research proposal and created a software prototype to help identify xerophthalmia, a progressive eye disease prominent in developing countries. My software solution, when fully financed, could scale to help address the scarcity of trained health professionals currently working on this challenge. The proposal and prototype earned the top semifinalist award at the 2018/19 annual MIT THINK competition.
I volunteer at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse and serve as a safety boater and trip leader. Other than kayaking, I also enjoy reading, hiking, and listening to Radiolab podcasts.