I'm a PhD candidate working with focused ultrasound, a technology used for noninvasive brain surgery in humans. Without cutting open the skull, ultrasound can be focused into a small volume inside the brain to heat up and kill brain tissue. As part of my PhD work, I've developed an algorithm that performs better than the standard of care, by reducing positioning errors by 51% (important because we're killing brain tissue!) and increasing intensity at the target by 45%.
I enjoy working on projects that have the potential to change the way we do things. Sometimes, that takes the form of my PhD work and past research experiences. Other times, it could be creating tools to simplify tasks or on a personal level, gaming my mind to find certain chores more enjoyable. Ultimately, I would like to reduce the activation energy that stops us from doing the things we want to do.