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Tom Owen

I joined the CDT after earning my MMath & Stats degree at Newcastle University in 2018.

My dissertation focussed on modelling extreme sea levels along the North Sea coastlines to help build sea defences to the correct specification.

I chose the CDT over a regular PhD as they have great connections with industries, they focus on collaborative work and because they use cutting edge techniques for solving real world problems.

In my spare time I am an Event Leader for the Raising and Giving (RAG) society and I am a big fan of rugby, supporting Wales and the Scarlets.

PhD title

Structural white matter correlations in the human brain: Towards classification, prediction, and mechanistic understanding

My research project focusses on analysing neuroimaging data in order to devise improved personal treatment plans for patients with epilepsy.

Throughout, I will be applying existing techniques to the data and developing my own in order to accurately localise the seizure focus and to help surgeons determine viable candidates for a successful surgery.

Given the complexity and size of the neuroimaging scans needed for analysis, the collaborative ethos encouraged by the CDT and the skills developed during the taught component will be instrumental to the success of the project.


Peter Taylor, Tom Nye