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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 thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

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