I am a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University Medical Center. My co-advisors are Anuj Kapadia and Martin Tornai. In my dissertation research, I am developing an x-ray technology that images objects based on their molecular structures -- rather than only providing outlines of objects based on their densities as in conventional x-ray imaging -- for analyzing breast tumor tissue removed during breast-conserving surgery procedures; the images of the removed tissue taken with such an x-ray system would provide instant feedback to the surgeon as to whether the breast tumor had been successfully removed in its entirety. Using this information the surgeon can decide whether to wrap up the operation or will have to remove more tumor tissue from the breast.

I am also apart of a collaboration developing a new airport x-ray system for identifying the molecular structures of items carried onboard aircrafts. Because of its ability to image molecular structures, the new x-ray machine would be sensitive to explosive materials. This system may begin appearing in airports in 18 months to two years.

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