Androu Abdalmalak, PhD candidate, Medical Biophysics, Western University

Androu Abdalmalak, PhD candidate, Medical Biophysics, Western University

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My name is Androu Abdalmalak, I’m a PhD
student and the department of Medical Biophysics here at Western. The reason I
chose Western University for my graduate degree is because Western has some of
the best imaging facilities in the country, and this really provides an
opportunity for students to conduct cutting-edge research, there’s also a lot
of opportunities to collaborate, and work with supervisors and students from
across campus, which allows for a very interdisciplinary learning experience. My
research focuses on developing a portable optical systems that can be
used as a brain function site, I’m specifically interested in
brain computer interfaces, basically developing systems that can
be used to communicate with patients who lack all the physical and verbal ability
to communicate with the outside world, we’re currently in the process of
translating this research to patients will dispose of consciousness, which is
very excited for us. It all boils down to the environment of Medical Biophysics,
it’s a very nurturing and enriching environment, which really allows students
to grow and reach their full potential, our program is also very research
intensive, with minimal course load, which enables me to focus all my time and
energy on my research. The best thing about being Western graduate student, is
the environment at Western, it’s a very friendly environment, a lot of students
are there to help and a lot students are in the same boat as other students, so
it’s a very fun and very nice environment to be in. My advice for
students, future students, thinking of applying to Medical Biophysics is to
make sure to choose a research project that really interests you, and you’ll be
motivated to work on, I also recommend students contacting supervisors, try to
set up times and lab tours to go see their facilities, and talk to the
graduate students if possible.

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