Vaanathi’s Story

I am doing my DPhil in Biomedical Imaging (EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)). My DPhil research focusses on detecting structural anomalies occurring in the brain white matter, thus assisting in the diagnosis of various neurodegenerative diseases. These anomalies include white matter hyperintensities (WMH, also called white matter lesions), cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), lacunar infracts and perivascular spaces.

I did my Master of Science by research in Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Electrical Engineering, specializing in retinal image analysis. My Masters’ research was focused on identification of various retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration in retinal color fundus images, using image computing techniques and machine learning algorithms.

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD), I believe, provides an excellent avenue for understanding and developing interdisciplinary research, which is one of the main objectives of CDT as well. Through OICSD, I hope to understand the impact of various other disciplines on healthcare, which I think would be helpful in achieving my long-term goal of promoting sustainable healthcare delivery in rural India through academic research and industrial collaboration. Moreover, I hope to improve my social connectivity and management skills by organizing OICSD seminar meetings and conference.