Current position:

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

 Contacts:

  • Email: andreiadfreitas@tecnico.ulisboa.pt
  • Phone: +351-218418273 (Internal: 2273)
  • Office:17 (North Tower, 6th floor)

 

Research bio

I completed a 5-year BSc and MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics at Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) in 2013. During those early undergraduate studies, I developed a keen interest in MRI applied to clinical care. It was the perfect combination of physics and mathematics to solve medical problems, my dream career. This motivated me to do a short internship in 2011 at King’s College of London (KCL) and later on, my MSc thesis in 2013. After such an exciting and positive experience doing research in MR clinically focused applications, I was hooked!

I then continued my studies with a PhD degree at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) between 2014 and 2017. My doctoral project focused on improving real-time MRI for clinical assessment of vocal tract and speech disabilities. I was awarded a 3.5 years scholarship by CLEFT, a UK-based charity focused on improving clinical care for these patients. The work focused on investigating non-Cartesian k-space trajectories and parallel imaging reconstruction.

After concluding my doctoral degree, it was time to acquire new skills and further expand my knowledge, by taking a postdoctoral researcher position at KCL in September 2017. The project focused on investigating novel methodologies for MR fingerprinting in the quantitative mapping of the heart. The project involved extensive work in both developing and implementing the fingerprinting MR sequence as well as post-processing techniques.

During these years, I was also actively involved in several events of public engagement and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Of special focus was my role as ambassador and scientific events organiser for PARSUK, a non-profit association of Portuguese researchers in the UK.

After several years working in London and learning so many useful skills to my career as a researcher, I felt the vocation to return to my home city Lisbon and actively contribute to the scientific Portuguese workforce. I joined LASEEB in October 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher working under the guidance of Prof Rita Nunes. My work focuses on improving MR parametric estimation in the brain (e.g. T2 and B1) as well as in the heart (e.g. T1 mapping in the atria).

 

Education

PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering

2014 – 2018  Queen Mary University of London – London, UK

Thesis “Improving real-time MRI for the clinical assessment of velar closure and velopharyngeal motion during speech

Supervision: Dr. Marc Miquel and Dr. Redha Boubertakh (QMUL)

MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics

2011 – 2013 Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL)

Thesis “Delayed enhancement cardiac MRI: reduction of image artefacts in patients with irregular heart rate

Supervision: Professor Tobias Schaeffter (KCL) and Dr Rita Nunes (FCUL)

BSc in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics

2008 – 2011 Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL)

Professional experience

Oct. 2018 – Present            Postdoctoral researcher

Laseeb – ISR, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal

Set. 2017  – Jul. 2018         Postdoctoral researcher

King’s College London – London, UK

Mar. 2014  – Aug. 2017      PhD student

Queen Mary University of London – London, UK

Oct. 2012  – Jun. 2013       MSc student and research assistant

King’s College London – London, UK

 

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