I received my doctorate in Computer Science in September 2013 under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Gabor T. Herman of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. My dissertation topic was the development of correction methods that deblur images obtained by electron and soft x-ray microscopes. We consider spatial variance of the blurring function in the direction of the electron or x-ray propagation. The correction methods for this type of blurring in the two types of microspy are related, but not identical due to nature of the respective imaging processes. We proposed correction methods and demonstrated their efficacy using computer simulations. In addition, I have worked on problems of three dimensional reconstruction of biological structures and biomedical imaging in general. While in graduate schoole, I participated in several interdisciplinary projects. I am accustomed to working with researchers in biology, physics and mathematics, as well as other computer scientists.
I am planning to continue my work in image reconstruction from projection data. All of the projects that I have been involved in are still sources of interesting and challenging questions and the solutions that we provided can be further generalized or improved. The fields of electron and soft x-ray microscopy are developing rapidly and as some problems are solved the new ones become apparent all the time. This guarantees a continuoum of research challenges.
I am also interested in expanding my work into other areas of biomedical imaging. I think of my research to some extent as providing answers to problems that arise in the general area of biomedical imaging and as long as I can collaborate with experts in the areas from which these problems arise, I can work on the development of computational solutions.
My research is driven by challenging problems that arise in three dimensional reconstruction of biological structures. I am eager to collaborate with the scientists in my future place of employment, as well as continue the research with my current collaborators.
I am currently teaching in the Computer Science Department of New York University. I taught for several years in Hunter College of the City University of New York while I was working on my doctorate. I taught introductory courses for both computer science majors and non-majors and I am looking forward to teaching a broad range of computer science courses in the future. I am confident that I can leverage my knowledge and experience to teach most of the undergraduate courses in a typical computer science curriculum, as well as graduate courses in the area of my expertise. I enjoy teaching and all that is involved in it. I feel very much at home in front of a classroom full of students as well as when helping students one on one and in small groups. Over the years of working as a math tutor and then as an adjunct lecturer in computer science, I learned that effective teaching has to extend outside of the classroom. Students depend very much on recitation sections, proper feedback to the work they submit and additional materials available to supplement or complement the lectures. I believe I can provide these resources myself as well as train and supervise graduate assistants assigned to such tasks.