Matt Walker is currently a PhD student with the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He is a graduate from Queen's University where he was part of the SNO+ experiment, an underground neutrino detector in Sudbury, ON. Previously he worked on structural MR imaging and instrumentation at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience in Lethbridge, AB with Dr. Albert Cross.
Matt is interested in coupling diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) with high intensity focused ultrasound. DTI tractography algorithms can be used to visually reconstruct white matter fibres in order to delineate focused ultrasound targets of interest and thereby minimize dose delivery to surrounding regions. Successful coupling of DTI with focused ultrasound will provide a non-invasive treatment for epilepsy, stroke, essential tremor, and tumors in both pediatric and adult patient populations.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys writing music and playing the drumset. He also is an avid basketball player.