Zhoufeng Ye

Zhoufeng Ye
Zhoufeng Ye, 2021 MCDS Doctoral Academy Fellow

Understanding breast cancer risk via an automated measure based on mammographic textural features: Cirrus

Prof John Hopper
Dr Shuai Li
Dr Gillian Dite
Dr Tuong Linh Nguyen

School / Faculty:
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences

PhD Details

Mammographic density is an established risk factor for breast cancer. An automated measure (named Cirrus), based on textural features extracted from mammograms, shows stronger and stable risk associations with breast cancer, including interval, screen-detected, and younger-age-at-diagnosis breast cancer. Therefore, Cirrus is likely to be an intrinsic risk factor for breast cancer. My PhD project aims to understand the breast cancer risk by looking at the causal relationships between Cirrus and mammographic density defined by different brightness thresholds, as well as the non-dense areas, and other causal factors and genetic determinants of Cirrus.

Q & A

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
Doing a PhD is an essential step in increasing my expertise in the area that I’m interested in. I want to be a passion-driven and less stupid person in this area.

What do you enjoy reading?
I don’t do much reading. But I like watching documentaries about history and feminism.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working on your PhD?
I’m interested in French Culture. So when I’m free, I like learning French and watching some documentaries. I also like catching up with friends, jogging in a park, and hiking!

Name one fun fact about you.
I love cute animals, especially cats! If you have a cat, there would 90% of chance that we can be good friends 😉