Jimmy Su states that, "cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer in the world and costs the U.S. more than $400 billion each year. And while there is still a long way to go in being able to effectively diagnose and treat the disease," he is working hard to improve the ability by which doctors can identify at risk fatty plaques and properly place coronary stents. Su's research "is focused on the research and development of using combined ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging for the purpose of detecting and treating atherosclerotic plaques."
The Powers Fellowship allowed Su to give his complete focus to his dissertation research in his final year of school, without having to divide time between his research and employment. The funding also allowed Su's lab to allocate funds towards further research collaborations.
Su is completing his dissertation and will graduate in August 2011.