Post-Doctoral Life (2017->):
As a postdoctoral researcher, I will be switching focus and researching brain tumours. I will be working on generating accurate automatic segmentations, using multi-modal MRI, and using this as a first step to facilitate a variety of investigations into tumour behaviour.
My PhD work focussed on developing novel measures to assess neuro-developmental health in very premature infants. I research how the MRI scans can tell us about the changes over the first ten weeks of life and what that tells us about the future health of the child. This study is funded by the Sparks Charity.
Specifically, I have been looking at using high-quality diffusion scans to fit the NODDI model in preterm infants. Diffusion measures tell us about organisation of cells on the micro-structural level, which is interesting when we are looking at development.
From May-August 2015, I worked at the Computational Radiology Laboratory in Boston on a dataset collected at Washington University in St. Louis. This dataset, detailed here, has high-resolution (1.2mm isotropic) diffusion data collected on preterm infants at up to four timepoints in the perinatal period. These infants were housed in two types of clinical environment and show differences in their language performance at 2 years of age. They have recently been examined for their 5-year psychological follow-up, which will be an exciting avenue of investigation. My work in Boston has focussed on comparing the predictive power of different diffusion models in the auditory cortex.
As an undergraduate, I studied physics to MSci level. After this, I joined Teach First, teaching science to secondary students (11-19) for two years. Towards the end of this, I had reminded myself of the excitement of science, so I applied to the CMIC DTP (now CDT) in order to have the potential to engineer change on a large scale. I think that developing medical imaging techniques is key to continuing medical research, and ultimately improving standards of life and healthcare.
An up-to-date publication list can be found here.