Summertime Brains: Alex Fuksenko
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Alex Fuksenko, a senior at the University of Maryland in College Park, spent his summer in the lab of NIH IRP Investigator Kevin Briggman, Ph.D.
Fuksenko helped to create a website called Labrainth that “gamifies” the identification and tracing of neurons in 2D images produced by electron microscopes. By visiting the website and completing those activities, members of the public can earn points and move up leaderboards while producing data that machine learning algorithms can use to learn how to trace neurons in these images themselves, a necessary step towards producing an accurate 3D model of the human brain.
The video above, featuring Fuksenko, is the fifth and final video in a series of profiles highlighting IRP interns who worked in NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) intramural labs this past summer.