The complexity of the biological systems at play in the human body is of great interest to me, and emulating such systems in both a virtual and a laboratory environment has formed the crux of my research efforts thus far.
As an undergraduate, my interest in research was sparked by a summer internship at Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, where I was involved in the design of instrumented stents to measure the in-vivo loads exerted on aortic-valve replacements. Following this, my master's thesis considered the development of a system for determining lower limb strength in children with cerebral palsy, within the Oxford Gait Laboratory.
The work of my DPhil primarily detailed the use of cavitational methods for quality assessment of clinical High-Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU) systems. This was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Constantin-C. Coussios in the Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy & Biopharmaceuticals Laboratory (BUBBL) and involved the design and implementation of imaging arrays for three-dimensional mapping of acoustic cavitation. Those interested in reading more about my work may wish to view my thesis abstract and publication list, or browse the BUBBL website.
My decision to progress to a role more firmly rooted in the medical profession stems from a desire to work more closely with patients to achieve the same overall outcome of reducing morbidity and mortality, whilst delving far deeper into the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the human body. My role as secretary of the Oxford Biomedical Engineering Society (OBMES) allows me to maintain some contact with my engineering contemporaries and it is my hope that this will allow me to continue research into the development of novel biomedical therapies and devices.
Having recently been awarded a Foulkes Foundation Fellowship, I look forwards to being able to continue research throughout my medical studies and am extremely grateful for this support.