Young computer scientist Sofia Tomov is taking aim at the fourth leading cause of death in the US, adverse drug reactions. Her bioinformatics approach uses a computer algorithm to predict adverse drug reactions in patients. Sofia's algorithm understands how drugs interact with genetics, but it takes more than that to solve the problem. Essential to her plan is reducing the time it takes for doctors to make a decision about a specific drug, for a specific patient. Her algorithm, ongoing work, and plans for the future reveal how advancements in computer science and trends in personalized medicine can save lives and improve health outcomes.
Sofia Tomov is passionate about solving problems and helping others. She is 14 years old, and currently enrolled as a visiting high school student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As an aspiring computer scientist, Sofia has pursued projects on algorithms for genomic analysis as well as machine learning. She was recognized by Business Insider as one of "15 Young Prodigies Who Are Already Changing the World," and her work has been featured in US News and World Report and The Telegraph (UK). She has been a finalist for the Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge and Project CSGirls computer science competition. Community service is also important to Sofia, and she has raised funds for Heifer International and Soles for Souls, as well as volunteered teaching science and engineering to elementary students. Her hobbies include nature photography, fencing, and electric guitar.