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Tech Talk: Expanding aiNsect’s Data Footprint for Equitable Health Outcomes In Our Lifetime

August 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fruit flies have been used as model organisms for over 100 years. As a result, there exists a wealth of information on their genetic, neural, behavioral, and physiological characteristics. With modern technology these data types can be processed toward a general synthesis of biological understanding, allowing rapid testing, and understanding of human biology without the need for human subjects. aiNsect is a next-generation artificial intelligence that aims to facilitate the translation of basic biological research with fruit flies into meaningful outcomes for equitable human health. In this talk, Chase Stratton, PhD, Delaware State University, will cover the general approach he is taking to develop and train aiNsect’s digital brain, the data that it will process, and the potential of its applications.

Meet the Speaker


Chase Stratton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology

Delaware State University

My research background is in sustainable pest management and data science. I study ways to manipulate agricultural settings with natural products, that reduce insect pest presence or damage with minimal environmental impacts. I am generally interested in plant-insect-microbe interactions, chemical ecology, bioinformatics (specifically in the realm of plant phylogenies), cheminformatics, and writing code to assist in complex analyses. As the director of the Data Science Research and Education Hub at DSU Downtown, I am expanding the machine learning infrastructure available to DSU faculty and students and will provide training opportunities for anyone interested in exploring high-performance computing in their research.
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Work supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number U54-GM104941 (PI:Hicks) and the State of Delaware.


August 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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