MR Physicist Post-doc (IHU)
Francesca Branzoli studied Physics at the University of Pavia, Italy (2002-2007). From 2007-2010 she did her Ph.D. in the field of Solid State Physics in the same university. Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on the magnetic properties of a novel class of rare-earth Single Molecule Magnets, investigated by means of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Muon Spin Rotation and magnetization measurements.
From 2011-2013 she worked as post-doc at the CJ Gorter Center for high field MRI of the Leiden University Medical Center. Her research activity focused mainly on the development of diffusion-based magnetic resonance spectroscopy methods at 7T for the characterization of tissue microstructure and function, to be applied to basic neuroanatomical investigations in healthy subjects as well as to neurological disease models.
Since September 2013 Francesca has been employed at ICM as MR Physicist. One of her main tasks is the development of new sequences for magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging, in both clinical and pre-clinical settings. She works on the implementation and optimization of diffusion-weighted spectroscopy techniques to be used for studying several brain diseases, including multiple sclerosis, Huntington disease, and acute stroke.
Branzoli F, Ercan E, Valabrègue R, Wood ET, Buijs M, Webb A, Ronen I. Differentiating between axonal damage and demyelination in healthy aging by combining diffusion-tensor imaging and diffusion-weighted spectroscopy in the human corpus callosum at 7 T. Neurobiol Aging. 47:210-217 (2016).
Ercan E, Magro-Checa C, Valabregue R, Branzoli F, Wood ET, Steup-Beekman GM, Webb AG, Huizinga TW, van Buchem MA, Ronen I. Glial and axonal changes in systemic lupus erythematosus measured with diffusion of intracellular metabolites. Brain. 139(Pt 5):1447-57 (2016).
Wood ET, Ercan AE, Branzoli F, Webb A, Sati P, Reich DS and Ronen I, Reproducibility and optimization of in vivo human diffusion-weighted MRS of the corpus callosum at 3T and 7T. NMR Biomed. 28(8):976-87 (2015).
Najac C, Branzoli F, Ronen I, Valette J. Brain intracellular metabolites are freely diffusing along cell fibers in grey and white matter, as measured by diffusion-weighted MR spectroscopy in the human brain at 7 T. Brain Struct Funct. 221(3):1245-54 (2014).
Branzoli F, Ercan E, Webb A, Ronen I. The interaction between apparent diffusion coefficients and transverse relaxation rates of human brain metabolites and water studied by diffusion-weighted spectroscopy at 7 T. NMR Biomed. 27(5):495-506, (2014).
Branzoli F, Techawiboonwong A, Kan H, Webb A, Ronen I. Functional diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the human primary visual cortex at 7T. Magn Reson Med. 69(2):303-9, (2013).
Branzoli F., P. Carretta, M. Filibian, S. Klyatskaya and M. Ruben, Low-energy spin dynamics in the [YPc2]0 S=1/2 antiferromagnetic chain, Phys. Rev. B., 83, 174419 (2011).
Branzoli F., Carretta P., Filibian M., Graf M. J., Klyatskaya S., Ruben M., Coneri F. and Dhakal P., Spin and charge dynamics in [TbPc2]0 and [DyPc2]0 single-molecule magnets, Phys. Rev. B, 82 134401 (2010).
Branzoli F., Filibian M., Carretta P., Klyatskaya S. and Ruben M., Spin dynamics in the neutral rare-earth single-molecule magnets [TbPc2]0 and [DyPc2]0 from μSR and NMR spectroscopies, Phys. Rev. B, 79 220404 (2009).
Branzoli F., Carretta P., Filibian M., Zoppellaro G., Graf M. J., Galan-Mascaros J. R., Fhur O., Brink S. and Ruben M., Spin dynamics in the Negatively charged terbium(III) bis-phthalocyaninato complex, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 4387 (2009).