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Researcher & Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Physics
SEAS, Harvard University
NDSEG Fellow & NSF Graduate Research Fellow
michelle_borkin @ harvard.edu
Maxwell-Dworkin, 142 &
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, M-341
(Mailing address: 60 Garden Street, MS 42, Cambridge MA 02138 USA)
Current WorkI am a graduate student in Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). I work with Prof. Alyssa Goodman on interdisciplinary 3D visualization techniques as part of the Astronomical Medicine Project, and Prof. Hanspeter Pfister with his Visual Computing Group on scientific visualization. I also work with Prof. Efthimios Kaxiras as a member of the Multiscale Hemodynamics Project. I was awarded in 2010 a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. I was also chosen by TED as a TEDGlobal 2009 Fellow, and was profiled by SEED Magazine in their Revolutionary Minds series ("The Re-envisionaries").
My main research topics include interdisciplinary scientific imaging, data exploration, and image analysis techniques with a focus on 3D (including stereographic) imaging.
For more information about my research, download my CV and check-out my TED talk.
Where will I be?
Michelle graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics in 2006. She wrote her undergraduate junior and senior theses on the application of medical imaging programs to astronomical data under the supervision of Alyssa Goodman and Michael Halle. She continued this work as part of the Astronomical Medicine project at the IIC for the next two years. She worked with the developers of visualization tools including 3D Slicer to improve their effectiveness in multiple scientific domains (including astronomy). She also collaborated with the COMPLETE Team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) on star formation research. Her interests included studying outflows from young stars and working on segmentation algorithms. She also has observational experience on the CfA 1.2 m telescope, the Haystack Radio Telescope, the Green Bank Radio Telescope, and the MMT.
My current primary focus is visualizing and analyzing data from the Multiscale Hemodynamics Project, a collaboration of cardiologists, physicists, and computer scientists to combine fluid dynamics simulations of blood flow with patient specific data to diagnose and treat heart disease. The project's "dream come true" outcome would be the development of a bedside supercomputer system that could be placed in a patient or operating room allowing a doctor to visualize a patient's coronary arteries in real-time 3D, overlaid with a bloodflow simulation. A physician could instantly identify areas of concern and take action such as inserting a stent to prevent a heart attack! To this end I am assisting in developing visualizations targeted at the medical users, conducting user studies to determine the best data display techniques, and developing new interactive visualizations to assist in data exploration and patient diagnosis.