DIG-it Award for quick DNA analysis in cancer research

January 6, 2015

Computer Engineer dr.ir. Zaid Al-Ars has won the first DIG-it Award during the  TU Delft Research Exhibition. Al-Ars wins 10.000 euro for his innovative quick DNA analysis in cancer research.

The jury, headed by Laetitia Smits van Oyen, chose the winner from 700 ideas of researchers from the Delft University of Technology. Zaid Al-Ars won on the basis of originality, applicability and social impact.

DNA analysis

DNA analysis is a complex proces that takes a lot of time and is mainly carried out by computers. Zaid Al-Ars designed new hardware and algorithms to speed up this process in order for research and dagnosis in cancer  to be much quicker.