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ORU Stanley White Scholar in Athens!

06-16-2022 11:05 AM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: Oral Roberts University - Computing & Mathematics

Left to right: Rita Njoroge, Madison Meaux, Dr. Persidis, Dr. Virvilis

Left to right: Rita Njoroge, Madison Meaux, Dr. Persidis, Dr. Virvilis

Tulsa, OK - Rita Njoroge, a 2022-23 Stanley White Scholar in Oral Roberts University's (ORU) Computing and Mathematics Department, recently traveled to Greece as part of one of ORU's summer mission trips. While she was there she also had the opportunity to meet with some of ORU Computing & Mathematics Department's industry research collaborators - Andreas Persidis, co-founder and CEO of Biovista, and Dr. Vassilis Virvilis, their Head of Information Technologies. The meeting was arranged by Dr. Stephen Wheat, ORU Professor of Computer Science.

According to the Biovista website:
"Biovista is a pioneer of AI and systematic drug repositioning…[their] scientists use Biovista's technology platform to analyze massive data resources and identify non-obvious, mechanism-of-action based associations between compounds, molecular targets and diseases. [They] use this insight to find new uses for existing drugs or drug combinations, assess their risk profile and advance them to PoC and Clinical Phase IIa/b sooner, cheaper, and with a higher probability of success than has been possible to date."

Rita's research activities, as part of her Stanley White Scholarship, are in graph analytics on High Performance Computing infrastructure. Rita said of her meeting, "They shared with me how Biovista's graph-based database was designed, which is similar to the topic of my research with Dr. Wheat in the Fall, as well as some of the problems they have encountered with its design. This gave me a bit of insight into some of the problems I may encounter in the Fall and gave me a head start to produce algorithmic solutions to help the project. They were kind enough to treat us to an authentic Greek lunch as well as the opportunity to help them in future projects."

Rita will be a sophomore Computer Science major at ORU in the Fall of 2022.

Oral Roberts University - Computing & Mathematics Department
7777 S. Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK
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Oral Roberts University's Computing & Mathematics Department Offers Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Data Science, Applied Science, and Mathematics.

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