Doctoral Student, Computer Science
After receiving her master's degree from TU in 2005 under the direction of Professor John Hale, Nakeisha Schimke went to work for IBM. Eventually, she decided to return to school to pursue a doctorate with an interest in the new research fields of neuroinformatics and computational neuroscience. Schimke contacted Hale, who told her about the new bioinformatics research that he was pursuing. The research sounded interesting, so she jumped at the opportunity to come back to TU to work with Hale on this research.
She is currently an interdisciplinary research assistant in the Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and has been awarded a Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Conference fellowship.
Schimke's involvement with the TU Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is an excellent example of the interdisciplinary opportunities available to TU graduate students. In addition to her work on computer security and neuroinformatics, Schimke is helping to create an electronic social network to foster research collaborations across a variety of organizations and institutions. This project and others allow Schimke to merge her knowledge of computational methods with that of the TU mathematics and biological sciences departments for the benefit of bioinformatics research nationwide.
Planning for the Future
After completing her doctoral degree, Schimke hopes to find an institution where she can continue her neuroinformatics research. Eventually, she would like to conduct research to facilitate early detection of malignant tumors in the brain through neuroimaging.