Neil Ruthen is a rising senior at Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) majoring in biochemistry and minoring in mathematics. He plans to pursue a doctorate degree in computational biology following college. Before coming to Weill Cornell Medicine, he worked with Dr. Rebecca Whelan at Oberlin to develop a bioinformatics workflow for handling DNA aptamer sequencing data.
In 2018, Neil applied to the Englander Institute of Precision Medicine internship program to further explore his interests in molecular diagnostics and computational biology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Olivier Elemento, he created an automated flow cytometry analysis workflow with machine learning capabilities for detecting minimal residual disease in acute myeloid leukemia patients. Currently, Neil is working with Kenneth Wha Eng to construct genomic in silico models using BAMSurgeon for benchmarking bioinformatics pipelines.