Kevin J. Chung is a PhD candidate in the Department of Medical Biophysics under the supervision of Dr. Ting-Yim Lee. In 2019, he completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on improving the accuracy and accessibility of CT perfusion imaging in acute stroke by better characterizing stroke injury, simplifying scan protocols, and reducing radiation dose.
What made you want to go into research? I enjoy learning (not studying) and applying my knowledge to solve problems. Beyond that, I always wanted to work on something that was meaningful, and translational biomedical research seemed like the best intersection between these two interests. What prompted me pursue graduate school was when my summer research supervisor (and now current supervisor) described acute stroke CT perfusion imaging by drawing parallels to my engineering studies in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. It excited me that I could apply my undergraduate background in mechanical engineering to acute stroke imaging research, which were seemingly disconnected fields.
What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time, I enjoy watching Netflix, listening to music, and digging through vinyl records at my local record store.