Samadrita Chowdhury, PhD
Dr. Chowdhury is an applied physicist and instructor in the Division of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation. She received her terminal degree in Physics from Duke University, Durham,NC. After her graduation, she worked as a research scientist at Xerox (Xerox Innovation Group, Webster,NY ) on printer based image processing. After the industry stint, she took a personal sabbatical to stay home with her two daughters. She returned to an academic career at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell via the M. Hildred Blewett fellowship from the American Physical Society. She is also the winner of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) American fellowship for the year 2020-2021.
Dr. Chowdhury has a breadth of research experience solving research problems in industrial and academic settings. She currently applies mathematical physics to problems at the intersection of physics, imaging and neuro-biology. Her interests involve creating and applying graph-theoretical algorithms, including machine learning/deep learning based algorithms to multimodality neuroimaging datasets in order to better understand neurological disorders.
Apart from research, she is interested in teaching undergraduate students. She has previously run tutoring practice teaching college level courses in mathematics and physics including pro-bono tutoring for community college students. She is keen on equitable distribution of education and teaches a linear algebra course every year at a local community college.