ESP Biography

NAUREEN GHANI, An amusing Columbia University undergraduate

Major: Computational Neuroscience

College/Employer: University College London

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Naureen Ghani

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am an undergraduate student at Columbia University in the City of New York. I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I currently work in the laboratory of Professor Rafael M Yuste, a neuroscience facility participating in the BRAIN Initiative under the Obama Administration. My research interests include computational neuroscience, unsupervised machine learning and neurological imaging. I love to paint watercolors and do ink drawings. And I also love to eat ice cream.

Past Classes

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S7744: Pathophysiology of Epilepsy in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Epilepsy is a brain disorder characterized by multiple seizures. To understand seizures, you must first understand how the brain works. Your brain is made up of thousands and thousands of neurons. Neurons communicate with each other to process and send information. In most brains, neuron interactions are really chaotic yet orderly at the same time. You can think of it as having a friend who has a really messy room but still knows where everything in his room is. When multiple neurons misfire, there is a sudden electrical discharge in the brain, leading to a seizure. In this class, we will discuss different types of seizures and epilepsy. And we will talk about children who live with epilepsy and how they deal with it on a daily basis.

A5223: The Golden Ratio in Math and Art in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Math in Art- what is the first thing that pops up into your mind? One of the key connections between the two is the golden ratio. Hit TV shows such as 24 have long been fascinated by numbers... and since you're reading this, you must be too! Come see how art allows us to derive the Golden Ratio and its importance in math. I plan to show how it has been seen in famous paintings such as "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci. I will also show how it has been found in the very campus of Columbia University and in nature. Thus, I will then transition into talking about Nautilus Shells. I also plan to give a difficult (but fun!) math problem involving phi and then explaining the various unique and fascinating properties of phi. This course will conclude with summing up the beauty of art due to mathematics in part. You will hopefully leave amused by now being aware of the golden ratio and its presence in nature and museum walls.