James L. Carmon Scholarship Award

The James L. Carmon Award is presented to University of Georgia graduate students who have used computers in innovative ways. Named for the late James L. Carmon, a UGA faculty member for 36 years who helped make the university a leader in computing research and development, the award was established by the Control Data Corp. Each year, graduate students may be selected as Carmon Scholars or for Honorable Mention.

2019 Recipient

Mojtaba S. Fazli, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, focuses on developing computational tools for tracking and modeling biological systems on multiple scales. In one project, he uses cutting-edge machine learning and computer vision techniques to observe dynamic motion patterns of Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most common parasites and the causal agent of toxoplasmosis, which is estimated to infect over a billion people worldwide. As the parasite’s motion is linked to its pathogenicity, Fazli’s novel algorithms automatically track and model its motion patterns, helping to identify and develop therapeutic countermeasures. In a second project, he is studying morphological changes in the mitochondria of lung cells in response to infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis. Through the development of innovative machine learning tools, Fazli is measuring changes in mitochondrial shape and quantity, which could provide insights into the pathogenicity of different bacterial mutants and lead to treatment strategies.

Past Recipients