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Dr Martina Callaghan
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging
12 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3BG
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I obtained a BSc. in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick and subsequently went to Imperial College London and joined Prof. Jo Hajnal's MR physics group at Hammersmith Hospital where I obtained a Ph.D. in image reconstruction of under-sampled data.


As a postdoctoral researcher I have worked on parallel transmit technology, lipid quantification in clinical populations and the use of nanotechnology in oncology.

In 2012 I began working at the WTCN where I became Deputy Head of the Physics Group in 2013. In 2016 I succeeded Nikolaus Weiskopf as Head of Physics.

Research Summary

I am a senior lecturer and Head of the Physics Group at The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (WTCN).  My work focuses  on microstructural imaging of the human brain to better understand it's structural and functional organisation.  One important approach for achieving this is through generating functional and anatomical biomarkers, e.g. using quantitative imaging to characterise tissue microstructure by acquiring quantitative measures that reflect tissue properties such as myelination and iron levels.  This information helps us to further our understanding of both healthy neuro-anatomy and pathology.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach on the Physics for SPM users course hosted by the physics group at WTCN and on the MSc. in Advanced Neuroimaging offered by UCL.

Academic Background
2005 PhD Doctorat – Magnetic Resonance Imaging Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2001 BSc Bachelor of Science – Applied Physics University of Limerick
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