Matt Walker is a recent PhD graduate of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He is also an MSc graduate from Queen's University where he was part of the SNO+ experiment, an underground neutrino detector in Sudbury, ON. Previously he worked on MR contrast agents and instrumentation at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience in Lethbridge, AB with Dr. Albert Cross.
Matt's doctoral work focused on coupling diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) with magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS). Diffusion tractography algorithms can be used to visually reconstruct nervous system fibers to enhance targeting with MRgFUS and quantitative diffusion metrics can be used for the in vivo assessment of microstructural changes following treatment. He continues this work in application to both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Currently, Matt is also working in collaboration with the Fujitsu Co-Creation Laboratory at the University of Toronto in treatment optimization for gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS). Using a Digital Annealer, a quantum-inspired optimization platform, personalized GKRS treatment plans may be generated automatically in minutes.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing basketball, playing drums, and complaining about things.