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Daniel Lam

Daniel Lam

Daniel Lam’s PhD project in the Therapeutic Ultrasound team is working towards the development of a new software programme which will help clinicians to determine, from a standard referral image, whether a patient is treatable with ultrasound.

What is your educational/work background?

I studied physics for my Bachelor’s degree, specialised in medical physics in my Masters, then took up my PhD which I am currently pursuing.

What are you studying now?

I work in Professor Gail ter Haar’s Therapeutic Ultrasound team, developing and testing triage software for the Sonalleve therapeutic ultrasound system.  The aim of the software is to determine whether a patient’s target tumour is treatable from the referral image itself.

Why did you want to study at the ICR?

The project involved collaboration with industry, which was attractive to me as a possible pathway in my future career. 

How do you take part in life at the ICR outside your studies?

I volunteer as the student representative for the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic forum at the ICR and The Royal Marsden.

The forum gives staff and students across our organisations the opportunity to meet with other BAME colleagues, share good practice, and to contribute to policy and practice within both organisations.

Any tips/advice for future students?

The PhD (at least in the UK) is comparable to an apprenticeship under a professor –  I would advise potential PhD students to focus on what they want to work with in their PhD project, and which supervisors they wish to follow, to get the most out of their studies.

Do you know what you want to do next?

I aim to go into industrial research and development, or into the public sector as a clinical medical physicist.

What opportunities has studying at the ICR given you?

I have had the opportunity to work with industry through my project, to work with post-docs far more knowledgeable than me, and to do so in a friendly environment.