Author: Wei Zhou | Category: Final Words... | April 20, 2016
Your name, program, dissertation title.
Wei Zhou, Medical Physics Track in Radiological Science Ph.D. Program. My dissertation is entitled “MRI of the
visual pathway in glaucoma.”
Please tell me about yourself, why did you pick
UT Health Science Center, and your program.
I was intrigued by world of physics when I was in
junior high school. Therefore I chose physics as my major in my undergraduate
study. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Nanjing University, China
in June 2012.
I realized that I could apply my physics knowledge into the
medical field, e.g. to improve the technique for diagnosis of patients by
The Radiological Science program here in UT Health Science
Center, San Antonio is one of the best radiological programs and it provides
the ample resources for imaging research. I feel very luck to spend my graduate
study here learning all the concepts about the radiological physics.
Please provide a few sentences summarizing your dissertation.
What was the experience like for you?
overall objective of my dissertation is to develop and optimize a comprehensive
multimodality MRI protocol for testing the central hypothesis that MRI could be
a sensitive tool to neuro-degeneration along the visual pathway in glaucoma.
all the challenges I had, I feel it is very interesting to talk to many people
who were recruited in my study.
Why are you passionate about your research
topic? How did you first become interested in it?
Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible
the complexity of glaucoma pathology could provide new insights on finding new
biomarkers for early diagnosis to preserve more vision, and developing more
effective treatment to stop disease progression.
monthly ophthalmology research meeting in my first year, I got a chance to know
the clinical questions about glaucoma from ophthalmologists that there is a
urge to better understand this ocular disorder. I was then motivated and collaborated
with clinicians and scientists to design this study.
What was your best memory during graduate school
or what did you learn?
I feel the Co-Rec Soccer game by the
UTHSCSA study life is one of my best memories. I had a wonderful time playing
soccer with my awesome team members.
I got matched into the Medical Physics Residency
program in Mayo Clinic, Rochester and I will work as an imaging resident
starting this July.
Any advice for your fellow graduate students?
It is not easy to find the right way of
performing experiments and analyzing data, and it takes a lot of time and
efforts. Be patient and you will get it.
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