University of Warwick (2009-2013), University of Oxford (2015-present), University of Nottingham (2015-present)
Bachelor of Science, Masters in Mathematics & Physics
Centre for MRI (Hull Royal Infirmary), Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (John Radcliffe Hospital)
Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre
Favourite thing to do in my job: I really enjoying applying robotics and artificial intelligence to real-world problems
I’m a medical physics PhD student
I’m studying for my PhD, which is a university degree where you do research/experiments in a specialist field. It’s the first step to becoming a professor 🙂
Spend my spare time playing football, climbing and playing guitar
I help design the next generation of MRI scanners to see inside the human body in amazing detail
I’m trying to use computer algorithms and artificial intelligence to improve the quality of MRI images.
This is what an MRI scanner looks like to patients:
This is what an MRI scanner looks like without the covers on:
It produces pictures of the organs within a patient’s body, like this:
My Typical Day
Problem solving and looking at people’s brains
MRI uses very strong magnets and radiowaves to produce images of your brain etc…
I spend my time design the shapes of radiowaves https://web.stanford.edu/group/bmr/wikiupload/f/f9/RFpulse.jpg and measure how this affects the images we obtain (e.g. how much detail can we see/ how smooth is the image). I test this radiowaves on my volunteers to hopefully improve MRI images for medical use.
What I'd do with the prize money
Build a mini portable MRI machine to demonstrate in schools
MRI machines are very complex pieces of equipment – but I’d love to build a small portable version which would be able to scan an object and show you what was inside!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Ambitious, curious, sporty
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Scanned my own brain to look at it’s shape and structure
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My college Physics teacher
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Forgetting my PE kit
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Working for google building self-driving cars
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Walked across Spain for a summer
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To have Einstein’s brain, Lewis Hamilton’s reflexes, and David Beckham’s hair