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Ultra-High Field (7T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Development

   Department of Clinical Neurosciences

   Thursday, December 01, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

I lead the 7T MRI physics group in Cambridge. We create new methods to studying the human brain and body using Cambridge’s state-of-the-art Siemens Terra 7T MRI scanner. My group have active collaborations with clinicians in clinical neurosciences, psychiatry, oncology, and cardiology (Papworth), and with experts in cognitive neuroscience. I welcome PhD students to join the group. The following are areas of strong interest from our community, which would be suitable to develop a PhD project in discussion with me.

(i) Imaging glycolytic metabolism in humans by 2H deuterium metabolic imaging (DMI). This is a promising new technique that may compete with 18FDG-PET, but without radiation. We are developing this for use in humans at 7T in the brain and the heart. In the brain, we collaborate with scientists interested in assessing the response of brain tumours to therapy. In the heart, we believe that DMI could be a key method to probe the heart’s preference for fats vs sugars as an energy source, which is believed to play a governing role in heart failure.

We look for students with strong maths skills and ideally programming experience in C/C++, python or Matlab (or a willingness to learn). Most of my group have a physical science or engineering background. You will receive extensive training in biomedical imaging.

If you are interested in these projects or other aspects of 7T MRI physics development, please email  and I will be happy to discuss the details with you.

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