Mariia Borovkova

Research group: Opto-Electronics and Measurement Techniques (OPEM)
Research subject: Polarization and terahertz imaging for food and biomedical diagnostics
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I came from St. Petersburg (Russia). I got my Bachelor Degree in Photonics in the ITMO University (St. Petersburg, Russia). I hold two Master degrees: Master in Photonics from the ITMO University and another Master degree in Optics from the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York, USA). My research interests are biophotonics and biomedical optics.

I have been enrolled in the I4Future programme at the University of Oulu since January 2017. I am a member of the Biophotonics research group at the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Unit.

My doctoral research project “Polarization and terahertz imaging for food and biomedical applications” is focused on the investigation of propagation of polarized light and terahertz radiation in biological tissues with potential further applications in life and food sciences.

The choice of the two approaches – polarization imaging and terahertz imaging – is conditioned by their complementarity. Polarized light is highly sensitive to morphological abnormalities in tissue samples. On the other hand, terahertz imaging is used to sense the variations in chemical composition of a tissue sample and to assess water content. Therefore, a combined use of these techniques allows carrying out the comprehensive characterization of biological tissues and detection of abnormalities associated with the particular disease or the product spoilage.

I appreciate being a part of the I4Future team very much. By the end of the programme, I expect to acquire new valuable skills, such as the ability to carry out an independent research, to work using a multidisciplinary approach, to consider a research idea from an entrepreneurship perspective and other both field-specific and transferable skills. Therefore, I am sure that this experience will make a huge positive impact on my future career.

 

Last updated: 2.3.2018

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