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My name is Mackenzie Collins (she/her) and I am a current MD/PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering with a passion for integration of the engineering and medical fields. I completed my Engineering degree (BASc) in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2021 supported by a Schulich Leader Scholarship. I began her graduate studies in the joint MD/PhD program at Queen’s University, supported by a Seanix Graduate Scholarship and the Vanier Canada Graduate Award. My thesis work under the supervision of Dr. Claire Davies focuses on using machine learning techniques to develop an eye-gaze based system for automated emotion recognition in children with severe motor and communication impairments. I will one day have my own laboratory where I can supervise both engineering and medical students to work together, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across fields, and further the advancement of biomedical technologies.

2016 Leader Talk at Annual SLxCA Event

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