Title: Statistics as a tool to further Tuberculosis Genome Research
Description: TB latently infects 1/3 of humanity, killing millions annually, especially in combination with HIV. The sequence of TB genome offers us the best opportunity in decades to understand and combat this ancient disease. St. Olaf currently runs the largest database in the world showing how TB uses its genes in real time to respond to its environment. This database is a fertile field for statistical discovery and analysis. I'd be delighted to speak with any statistics concentrators who might be interested in learning more about the types of projects available.
Faculty: Rob Rutherford, BiologyHelpful background: Statistics 212, an interest in biology and/or computer science would all be helpful, but are not required.