Education

GROW School of Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University
2016 - (2019)

Maastricht, The Netherlands
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Machine Learning & Medical Imaging

Position based at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Deep learning applications in quantifying tumor phenotypes for survival, recurrence, and treatment response prediction of lung cancer patients from imaging data. Identifying molecular insights and genomic associations of captured radiographic phenotypes. Benchmarking against clinical gold standards as well as machine learning models built on clinical parameters and engineered radiomic features.

Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
2013 - 2015

Cambridge, MA
Master in Design Studies (MDesS) in Technology

Thesis "Material Analytics: Knowledge from Mechanical Behavior Data" studied the behaviour of sensor-embedded cloud-connected physical objects as a function of human interaction, through tracking and analyzing their mechanical features. Coursework in Computational Design, Data Science, Digital Media, Digital Interfaces, Computational Solid & Structural Mechanics. Teaching Assistant @ Computational Design @ Material Distributions. Research Assistant @ Geometry Lab.

College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah
2004 - 2009

Sharjah, UAE
Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)

5 year professional program. US National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited. Sheikh Khalifa merit-based scholarship recipient. Hong Kong study course.

Research

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
09.2016 -

Boston, MA
Lead Research Technician - Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics Lab, Radiation Oncology Department

Position concurrent with PhD course. Collaborate with medical oncology researchers and professionals to identify clinically relevant questions, and seek to train machine learning models to answer them. Gather, curate, wrangle, and clean medical imaging datasets for lung (CT) and brain (MR) cancer studies, as well as associated genomic profiles. Perform literature review and identify state-of-the-art methods and practices. Select appropriate deep learning strategies, architectures, and perform hyper parameter optimization. Author and publish scientific manuscripts and opinion pieces. Contribute to and document open source software projects: PyRadiomics and modelhub. Develop and maintain web-based applications and pages: radiomics.io and medicalindex.ai. Aid in procuring and maintaining GPU clusters. Assist in lab branding as well as outreach through visuals, instructional videos, and explainer animations.

2018 Assembly Cohort, MIT Media Lab & Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University
01.2018 - 05.2018

Cambridge, MA
Member: Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Researched current debates in machine bias. Identified, from ethical and public interest perspectives, problematic instances in the machine learning model development pipeline. Developed dataset "nutrition label" prototypes providing a comprehensive overview of dataset "ingredients" to data scientists, practitioners, and the public.

Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab
06.2016 - 04.2017

Cambridge, MA
Research Affiliate

Preformed 3d printing material characterization: optical transparency, bulk modulus, tensile strength, and wettability through contact angle measurements.

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
08.2014 - 09.2016

Cambridge, MA
Research Fellow

Studied geometry-function relationships in biological composites (chiton scales and stringray jaws and teeth) and designed and fabricated their synthetic analogs through parametric geometry modeling. Explored voxel-based geometry description methods. Developed multi-material bitmap 3d printing workflows for various medical imaging modalities. Designed and fabricated patient aortic phantoms from cardiac CT as well as hardware for sizing heart valve replacements allowing for preoperative In vitro simulations. Developed pipelines for modeling skull base defects for endoscopic endonasal surgeries and fabricating patient-specific prosthesis.

Surgical Planning Laboratory, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
10.2015 - 07.2016

Boston, MA
Independent Contractor

Designed and fabricated camera mounts for VR headsets. Tested mixed reality navigation environments for image-guided laparoscopy surgery.

Work Experience

Foster + Partners
03.2011 - 07.2013

Beijing, China
Assistant Architect - Datong Art Museum, Datong, Shanxi

Designed and managed the 36000m2 cladding (roof & courtyard weathering steel/glass) and 4000 ton steel roof space truss packages. Led fabrication optimization efforts through computational design exercises. Developed roof panelization system and associated details with cladding sub-contractor and suppliers. Ran steel structure vs cladding clash detection simulations through Building Information Management (BIM). Provided architectural support in engineering a hydraulic track system that slid the steel structure 180 meters over onto its concrete plinths. Resolved design issues with Local Design Institute (LDI). Handled on-site coordination with engineers and contractors.

Playze
01.2010 - 01.2011

Shanghai, China
Senior Project Architect - Tony’s farm hotel/offices, Pudong, Shanghai

Designed and developed the conversion of 350 freight containers into a 70 room hotel, reception lobby, office building within a packaging warehouse, and organic vegetable market. Coordinated with container fabricators for bespoke structural elements, openings, and stairs. Assigned tasks and led project team. Organized project action plans and daily communication. Reviewed structural, mechanical, and electrical drawings.

Internships
2006 - 2014

2014: Case-Inc, New York, NY - 2009: James Toomey Architects, Abu Dhabi - 2008: Aedas, Dubai - 2007: Besix construct + Road and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai & Burthill (Stantec), Dubai - 2006: Naga Architects, Dubai