PhD Students


3.10, Wolfson House,
Stephenson Way,
University College London,
United Kingdom
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I am a PhD candidate at UCL, working jointly at the Centre for Medical Image Computing, Imaging and Biophysics Unit, Dementia Research Centre and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. The focus of my research is on using diffusion MRI tractography to examine brain connectivity in health and disease. Diffusion MRI tractography may be used to non-invasively examine brain connectivity between regions or sets of regions (networks). The technique has potential to characterise how the brain is organised in terms of overall information transfer efficiency and how this may by affected by neurological disease. A major challenge in the field is determining the most appropriate way of reconstructing whole-brain networks. One aim of my doctoral research is to develop new tools for reconstructing whole-brain connectivity networks that are both robust and anatomically relevant, in order to obtain sensitive biomarkers of neurological disease. One potential application for the use of structural brain networks is in the diagnosis, prediction and monitoring of neurological diseases which involve brain disconnection, such as Alzheimer's disease. Recently, I have been addressing challenges in combining information from structural and functional networks to try and predict areas of seizure onset and propagation in epilepsy patients who may need respective surgery to reduce their seizures.