Sharanya Balachandran

Sharanya Balachandran

Introduce yourself:

I started my Master's program last Fall 2019 in the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging. Currently, I am also doing an internship with an artificial intelligence (AI) startup, Medo.AI, based in Edmonton, Alberta.

What are you researching and what do you hope comes out of your research?

My research is about detecting nodules in ultrasound images of thyroid gland and delineating the boundary of them using machine learning algorithms. Giving accurate results with advanced neural networks would definitely assist radiologists in making better decisions eliminating misdiagnosis. It would also reduce the time clinicians must spend in detecting the nodules.

How did presenting a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) help explain your research?

Presenting a 3MT helped me showcase my research to the general audience in an easy and concise manner. It also helped me to enhance my presentation skills and motivates me to present my research at conferences.

Define "For the Public Good" in your own words.

In my opinion, novel results that we experiment with research should be implemented in real practice and made available to others, so everyone can get benefits either in form of knowledge or service.

What inspires you to do research?

Unfortunately, my mom and I both have issues with the thyroid. Since then, I have been curious to learn about the thyroid gland and related knowledge. When I got the opportunity to work on a project in the same area, I was excited to start the unique research experience. I am motivated to explore this topic deeply and work on an area that will be used by clinicians to improve diagnosis of patients.

If you have to dedicate your research to anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?

I would like to dedicate my research to my parents, husband, and daughter. They all support me to achieve work-life balance and pursue my career successfully.

3MT Keywords: thyroid cancer; misdiagnosis; artificial intelligence