Zelekha Abid


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Zelekha Abid

Doctoral Student at the

Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU

Background

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017 with a degree in Physics with Medical Physics and am now undertaking a four year PhD course. This course runs between the Universities of Oxford and Nottingham and consists of one taught year at Oxford, allowing me to meet and learn from experts within the wider field of biomedical imaging. I will then complete a research project centred around neuroimaging for the remaining three years at Nottingham. Alongside my research studies, I enjoy both teaching and volunteering.

Research

MSci research project - this ran between the University of Nottingham and Aston University with supervisors Dr. Matt Brookes and Professor Klaus Kessler. It was based on analysing electroencephalography (EEG) data acquired in a stressful virtual reality environment with possible applications in informing and assessing police training.

Undergraduate research project - this was based on creating a brain-computer interface through the collection and analysis of magnetoencephalography (MEG) data using a classification algorithm written in MATLAB.

Summer research project - I completed an eight-week research project at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre in Nottingham measuring long-lived tissue magnetisation using an MEG system. My supervisors were Professor Richard Bowtell and Dr Matt Brookes.

Interests

Teaching - I enjoy tutoring both GCSE and A-level science in my spare time. It is a fun and interesting way to help me gain skills in communiction as well as allowing me to meet new people. Alongside this, I have also completed a month-long teaching internship at a secondary school with the Ogden Trust.

Volunteering - I volunteered as a ChildLine counsellor in weekly shifts between 2012 and 2017 and fully intend to return to the role whilst studying in Nottingham. I am trained in counselling young people over the phone, through instant messaging and via email. I also enjoy mentoring new counsellors to assist with their training.

Other Interests - I like to spend my free time ice skating, walking, travelling and reading - my favourite author is Sir Terry Pratchett. I am also fond of cooking and enjoy experimenting with different flavours as well as coming up with new ways to represent my food.