Dr. Najat Salameh joined us in 2016 and now attracted the first professorship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation at our department. Congratulations to this achievement and success!
Najat studied Physics at the University of Geneva and completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 2009. She then pursued her academic career at Université Paris Sud (France), EPFL, and Harvard (USA). In 2016, she has joined MIAC AG and the Department of Biomedical Engineering where she is developing advanced methods for imaging and instrumentation in MRI applied to functional and metabolic imaging, chronic liver diseases, stroke, neuro-degenerative diseases, and MR-guided therapies.
Thanks to the award by the SNSF, she will conduct a project on MR-guided therapies and artifact-free MR imaging. Scanners operating at very low magnetic field allow to be much less sensitive and even immune to magnetic susceptibility changes, and thus provide the ground for new applications not requiring a completely non-magnetic environment. Very low field approaches aim to complement MRI when conventional high-field imaging fails and will permit MRI in the presence of iron or implanted devices, which is critical in the fields of iron-overloaded organs (like hemochromatosis) and image-guided therapies.
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