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Mr Kai Mason
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  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
I studied for a bachelor's degree with an integrated master's in Natural Sciences at the University of Leeds from 2015-2019 with a strong focus on physics and mathematics. In particular, my interests were the mathematical and computational modelling of physical systems and quantum mechanics which I have carried forward into my PhD research. 

I am now a 2nd year PhD student studying in the EIT lab run by Prof. David Holder in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

Research Themes
Research Summary
Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a non-harmful, noninvasive, and relatively inexpensive medical imaging technique capable of imaging conductivity distributions on a millisecond timescale. Due to low signal-to-noise ratios, EIT has been shown to successfully image neural activity in the outer third of the rat brain with subdural electrodes. 

My research is looking into combining EIT injection with magnetic field measurements using optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs). This could theoretically replace the need for subdural electrodes, replacing them with scalp electrodes and an array of OPMs. The end goal is to develop an easily wearable and usable system to image fast neural activity in the human brain, something which does not yet exist. 

Teaching Summary
I have one year's teaching experience as a postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA) in the Faculty of Engineering. I have taught on two modules:

Engineering Challenges ENGF0001 

Materials and Mechanics MPHY0003

and I plan to continue my role as a PGTA for the coming year. 

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