Intern Spotlight: Alikhan Nurlanuly

Who is Alikhan Nurlanuly?

All my life i've been passionate about problem-solving and using technology to improve people's lives. This led me to pursue a master's in Computer Information System degree from Boston University, where I learned valuable skills such as data mining, machine learning, and big data analytics.


Why did you decide to apply to intern at Systems Imagination?

I decided to join SII because for two main reasons. Firstly, because of the company mission "SII creates innovative technology solutions to solve biomedical problems utilizing publicly available data + customer data + exciting new AI technologies." I feel myself on a similar mission to help the world and make it a better place to live.
Secondly, the complexity of challenges. I love problem-solving, and biomedical data is massive, composed of petabytes of structured and unstructured data. It's a new challenge for me, and my scientific eagerness pushes me to find solutions.

Tell us about your intern project?

During the summer internship at SII, I was part of the Insilico Team which was composed of 5 people. There were two interns, Nourah and myself and our mentors Kendyl, David, and Nico. We designed and implemented data-driven experiments using publicly available datasets as well as SII's Hyperion database.
Our approach was to harmonize genetic, protein-protein interaction data sources and extracted biologically relevant features and trained classification and regression models on Artificial Neural Networks as well as ML Models like (XGBoost, Random Forest, LightGBM, CatBoost). We also build network databases from protein-protein interactions and derived different centrality and connectivity measures to find the pattern between protein connections.  


What were a few of your biggest takeaways this summer?

Overall, we were treated as full-time employees and professionals. The mentors and teams helped to define, organize, and find the solution efficiently. I learned a lot from the summer internship at SII. I feel I have improved my engineering and communication skills significantly.  
My biggest takeaway: Don't fear to learn new skills on the fly and always experiment and apply what you learn to real problems.

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July 27, 2020


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