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September 2013

Algorithms for public health

Ye Zheng comes to Canada from Remnin University of China’s Department of Statistics through a 12-week Mitacs Globalink internship. During her stay, she is assisting in the development of a statistical model that will analyze the spread and circulation of the HIV virus over time in Canada. This research will help to determine whether implemented health policies have been effective or not.

“Through this research internship, I have learned a lot about the various applications and software used for mapping virus genes,” Ye explains.

Alongside Dr. Stephane Aris-Brosou, from the University of Ottawa’s Department of Biology, Ye is creating a novel algorithm to analyze the evolution and transmission network of the virus.

“After hearing great things about Mitacs Globalink from a university colleague, I knew that this internship would be an excellent opportunity to participate in research in another country. I am looking forward to applying for graduate studies here in Canada.”

Mitacs would like to thank the following government and international partners, in addition to our full and associate university partners, for their support of Globalink in 2013: Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the China Scholarship Council, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.