From Stargazing to World Record Breaking | Career Trajectories with Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D.
Our guest for this episode is ViQi Inc. AI Engineer and Data Scientist Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D., who shares his story on how a visit to the Jodrell Bank Observatory as a child inspired him to pursue a career in astrophysics before transitioning into the life sciences field. Also, Dodkins explains what it was like to achieve the Guinness world record for the most consecutive heelflips while he was still a Ph.D. student!
Key Learning Points:
- The criteria for selecting the best-fit institution for grad school
- The importance of setting a destination for your goals
- What goes into preparing for setting a new world record
About Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D.:
While Dodkins was completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford, and his postdoc at the University of California, Dodkins applied machine learning to exoplanet imaging with single-photon cryogenic-detectors. At ViQi, Inc, he develops machine learning algorithms for high-content virology assays. A unique accomplishment of Dodkins' is that he jointly owns the Guinness World Record for Most Skateboard Heelflips in One Minute.
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