Dr. Najat Salameh has been granted the first professorship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (DBE), University of Basel and will be located at Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area.
Dr. Salameh 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). Since 2016, she has joined MIAC AG and the University of Basel (Quantitative Biomedical Imaging Group, DBE), where she is developing advanced methods for imaging and instrumentation in MRI applied to morphological, functional and metabolic imaging, chronic liver diseases, stroke, MR-guided therapies and neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases.
Thanks to the award by the SNSF, Dr. Salameh will conduct a project on MR-guided therapies and artifact-free MR imaging based on lower magnetic field MRI technologies. Scanners operating at very low magnetic field benefit from much less sensitivity and almost complete immunity 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 e.g. in the presence of iron or implanted devices, which is critical in the fields of iron-overloaded organs (like hemochromatosis) and image-guided therapies.