Karen Pu, Class of 2024, is expanding the power of computer modeling to identify mutating viruses—and potentially improve vaccines.
Today’s fight against infectious diseases is being waged in the computer lab as much as the wet lab. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Vanderbilt researchers and students like School of Engineering undergraduate Karen Pu are expanding the power of computer modeling to identify mutating viruses—and potentially improve vaccines.
When the Northern California native started her first year at Vanderbilt, she wanted to jump into biology research. Then COVID restrictions led to a pivot, steering Pu into an exciting area of biomedical research that uses computer coding and artificial intelligence.
This area of study also created opportunities for her to travel across the world and dive into an interdisciplinary Immersion Vanderbilt project.