I acquired my BSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics in Germany, at Jacobs University Bremen. My undergraduate project, “Modelling blood circulation in sinusoids”, was developed in partnership with Fraunhofer MEVIS, a medical research institute. Further on I chose to do an MSc in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London, where my thesis topic was “Reversing Neurovascular Coupling Models”. Thus the decision to do a PhD in Medical Imaging came naturally, as I am interested in focusing on numerical methods for creating biomedical models and simulations. My goal is to do research for industry and I think that this programme is the perfect opportunity, given the many connections that it has with industrial partners.
Aim of this PhD project is: 1. to develop a comprehensive package for the assessment of biomechanical information (MR-elastography sequence development and reconstruction of biomechanical information using non-linear elasticity and finite element techniques), 2. to perform clinical studies on patients with liver fibrosis/inflammation and heart diseases (in particular patients with normal ejection fraction), and 3. to correlate the biomechanical information to detailed histology, molecular profiles, and PET-MR metrics.