I am Megan – a biomedical engineer, scientist, researcher, writer, adventurer, fitness geek, and self-proclaimed nerd.

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering. I followed this up with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University which I completed in 2018. My dissertation work focused on Magnetic Resonance temperature mapping for guidance of thermal therapies and development of a preclinical MR-guided focused ultrasound system. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder and associate of the National Institute for Standards and Technology. I currently work on validation of quantitative Magnetic Resonance methods for low and high field applications. I am passionate about finding better ways to diagnose and treat disease in a minimally-invasive manner. For more information about my scientific pursuits, check out my projects on the research tab or find me on Twitter and Google Scholar.

Of course, my life is not entirely research (although sometimes it can seem like that). When not in lab I can usually be found going up mountains, whether by hiking boot, climbing shoe, or snowshoe. I am also a contributing author for GradHacker where I write about science policy, effective communication, and graduate school advice. I incorporate many of these into my blog on this site. I like to view life as an adventure and can usually be found planning my next challenge. Currently coming up I have: a 10K trail-running race with over 2000 feet of elevation change,  a 200 mile overnight team relay race through the Colorado mountains, and two multi-day backpacking treks on the Continental Divide. Besides this I love traveling – between conference travels, study abroad, and a research exchange program, I have visited over 12 countries and hope to visit many more. Check out my adventures page for some of my favorites.

Thanks and enjoy!
Megan