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MSc Thesis Proposal of Noor Kammonah:"A Deep Learning Approach for Multi-Omics Data Integration to Diagnose Early-Onset Colorectal Cancers "

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 14:30 to 16:00


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MSc Thesis Proposal by: Noor Kammonah 
Date: Wednesday October 21, 2020 
Time:  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm 
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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers and is a leading cause of death worldwide. It starts in the colon or the rectum, and they are often grouped together because they have many features in common. It has been noticed that CRC attacks young-onset patients who are less than 50 years of age in increasing rates lately. Rapid developments in omics technologies have led them to be highly regarded in the field of biomedical research for the early detection of cancer. Omics data revealed how different molecules and clinical features work together in the disease progression. However, Omics data sources are variants in nature and require careful preprocessing to be integrated. A convolutional neural network (CNN) is a class of deep neural networks, commonly applied to analyze visual imagery. In this thesis, we propose a model that converts 1-dimensional vectors of omics into RGB images to be integrated into the hidden layers of CNN. The prediction model will allow all different omics to contribute to the decision making based on extracting the hidden interactions among these omics. These subsets of interacted omics can serve as potential biomarkers for young-onset CRC. 

Keywords: Colorectal Cancer, Deep Learning, Omics, Convolutional Neural Network 

Thesis Committee:  

Internal Reader:               Dr. Saeed Samet 
External Reader:              Dr. Myron Hlynka 
Advisor:                            Dr.  Luis Rueda 
Co – Advisor:                   Dr. Abedalrhman Alkhateeb 

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