Making dental appointments less daunting
Note: This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Rouzbeh Kananizadeh was a 2016/17 Business Development Fellow.
Rouzbeh Kananizadeh began his UC Davis doctoral program in 2012 and is now a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. He earned his B.S. at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.
What’s important about your research—and where do you hope to take it?
My research is in electronics, specifically how communication circuits might revolutionize x-ray imaging systems for dentists. Our circuits can potentially be used in hand-held devices for dentists to capture images from patients’ mouths. So, for instance, these images can detect tooth cavities without the need for harmful x-rays.
What are you most passionate about in your work?
I have worked on the very fundamental limits of electronics. My work can potentially open doors for other researchers to use my insights and build better circuits. Moreover, I have built circuits that are, in some aspects, significantly better than any others circuits. This is highly motivating.
How will what you learn as a Business Development Fellow help you change the world?
It is helping me to look at things through a different lens. My current vision from my work is pure research, and this can prevent me from tackling commercially feasible products. Now I can identify and focus on those parts of my research that have a higher potential than for commercial use.
What is the most valuable lesson or experience you have had through the fellows program?
The most valuable part is, first and foremost, the network we have built. Secondly, the experiences hearing and learning from other professionals. Thirdly, I learned how starting a venture can be really like—what steps need to be taken. This has given me a better vision of the real world of entrepreneurship.