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Dr Martina Callaghan
Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging
UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
12 Queen Square
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

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 WCHN and 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 Centre for Human 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 coordinate and teach on the Physics for SPM users short course run by the Physics Group at WCHN.

I am a module convenor, course committee member, tutor and lecturer on the MSc. in Advanced Neuroimaging offered by the Institute of Neurology at UCL.

01-APR-2016 Senior Lecturer Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging UCL Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2005   Doctorat Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2001   Bachelor of Science University of Limerick
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