Mr Daniel Akwei Addo

BSc (Hons), MPhil University of Ghana

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Daniel graduated as the best overall student in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and of Biomedical Engineering in 2008 with a final grade point average of 3.78/4.00.

He has since obtained a Masters degree in Medical Physics with a thesis entitled "Implementation of in-vivo dosimetry for external photon beam radiotherapy using GafChromic EBT2 film".

In addition, he was involved in a research project during his undergraduate studies designing a child safety seat for a bicycle and has had an abstract published on this at a local Biomedical convention.

Research | Current

Thesis

Validation of MR imaging techniques measuring ventilation and perfusion in the lungs via computational modelling

Daniel is currently working on developing and using anatomically-realistic in silico computational models as a theoretical framework within which to simulate the MRI protocols, to improve understanding of the limitations of the imaging methods and to test solutions to these problems. The project will extend and apply computational models of ventilation, perfusion and gas exchange to simulate the full imaging protocols for MRI measurements of specific ventilation and perfusion, to:

  • define the limits of physiologic interpretation of the MR imaging methods (in collaboration with UCSD);
  • validate the imaging methods by mapping between MRI and experimental (microsphere) measurements of V and Q (in collaboration with the University of Washington Medical Center);
  • and, improve the accuracy of quantitative information that can be extracted from functional MRI of the lung. The work proposed within this research plan will contribute to validation and understanding of these MRI techniques and help to move these methods towards clinical applicability.

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Distinctions/Honours

  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship,2016
  • Best Overall Graduate Student in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and of Biomedical Engineering in 2008 at the University of Ghana, Ghana, Africa
  • First Class Honours (3.78/4.00) as Bachelor’s Engineering Graduate Student in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Ghana, Ghana, Africa,2008
  • Abstract Accepted and Published in the Conference Proceedings of the 1st Ghana Biomedical Convention, GhanaBiomed 2008.

Responsibilities

Daniel helped running tutorials in Engineering Mathematics, Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering at the Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Ghana, from 2008 to 2010.

Areas of expertise

  • Treatment planning (setup, simulation and dose calculations) for radiation therapy
  • 3D modelling using SolidWorks
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics;
  • Computational Modelling;
  • Programming in FORTRAN, PYTHON, C, C++,PERL;
  • Information Technology.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Daniel is a Student Affiliate Member in the following organisations:

  • Ghana Biomedical Convention - 2008-Present;
  • Ghana Medical Physics Association - 2012-Present.

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Office hours

I am usually in the office from 8am to 4pm New Zealand time

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