I am a highly motivated medical imaging scientist with a desire to improve patient outcomes through development of medical devices, point-of-care technologies, and minimally-invasive therapies. I am a proponent of science communication to all levels, and have honed my skills through international research collaborations, numerous conference presentations, and contributing articles to an advice column called Gradhacker. I have also completed a rotation in Interventional Radiology where I witnessed first-hand the power of clinical collaboration when designing engineering solutions to meet clinical needs.
I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering. I followed this up with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, which I completed in 2018. My dissertation work focused on Magnetic Resonance temperature mapping for guidance of thermal therapies and development of a preclinical MR-guided focused ultrasound system. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. My current research involves validation of quantitative imaging methods and development of novel contast mechanisms for techniques such as MR Fingerprinting and low-field MRI.
My work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and software featured by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. I have a patent pending for an MR thermometry technique developed in 2020. A full list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar, as well as conference proceedings and talks in my CV. I am an advocate of open science and code sharing. My distribution-ready algorithms can be found on my Github page, with more always in development behind the scenes.
Outside of lab I can usually be found going up mountains, whether it be via snow, hiking, running, or rock climbing shoe. Sometimes I go down them too.