Mariana Nakagawa

Data Science Intern

Mariana is an incoming master’s student at Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Computational Biomedical Engineering program in Barcelona.

Her research focuses on biosignal processing and medical image analysis. For example, for her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, she is creating a software tool to assist neurologists in finding potential focal cortical dysplasia by analyzing MR-based cortical thickness in epileptic patients. For this project, she is collaborating with Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal.

In addition, Mariana has completed internships at Medtronic, Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada, and Abaco Developments. At these internships, she developed different AI tools, such as a chatbot prototype that triages Covid-19 patients, and a sensory network that contacts family members if irregular movements are detected in an elderly person. She also volunteered with the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain to help primary school students design and print 3D robots for the environment, as part of efforts to spur interest in engineering among girls.

Hailing from Japanese and Costa Rican descent, Mariana was born in Tokyo. Her early years were spent in Mexico before she eventually moved to Spain with her family.