Chinasa T. Okolo
I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University, co-advised by Nicki Dell and Bharath Hariharan. I came to Cornell after receiving a degree in Computer Science from Pomona College in Spring 2018. After graduating, I completed a summer internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England where I worked in the Biological Computation group, helping to develop computational models and domain-specific computational tools for bacterial quorum sensing.
In undergrad, I conducted research at the University of Georgia, Pomona College, Columbia University, and Carnegie Mellon University in fields ranging from computational neuroscience to human-computer interaction. My research interests include computer vision, global health, machine learning , and information & communication technologies for development.
My research uses machine learning to improve healthcare information technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa for rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious and tropical diseases. The computational pipelines produced in my research will efficiently generate machine learning-assisted diagnostic paradigms for abnormal lab reports, providing health professionals with targeted information and fundamentally altering the way patients with these issues are managed and treated.
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri to Nigerian immigrants. I proudly graduated from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy and the KCPS Early College Academy at MCC - Penn Valley, earning both a high school diploma and Associate's degree. For fun, I like to sing, update my blog, read intriguing articles, travel the world, and scroll down my Twitter feed.