Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I completed a combined two-year master’s in Biomedical Engineering (Medicine and Technology) at the Technical University of Denmark and Copenhagen University. My master’s thesis research was completed at Yale University, where I studied the effects of stiffening vessels on cardiac function. After finalising my master’s thesis, I was recruited the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where I led multicentre trials and worked on the first phase I clinical trial studying patients with liver metastasis using hyperpolarized MRI.
Following my position at UCSF, I moved to the University of Oxford to undertake my DPhil with Associate Professor Damian Tyler and Dr Lisa Heather investigating l-carnitine effects on cardiovascular diseases in type 1 diabetes using hyperpolarized MRI, biochemistry and Langendorff isolated heart perfusions.
In October 2018, I started my Novo Nordisk Fellowship with Dr Michael Pavlides, Professor Stefan Neubauer and Professor Leanne Hodson. My project focuses on investigating NAFLD and what role oxidative stress and insulin resistance has on the progression of the disease. We want to use stable-isotope tracing and advanced magnetic resonance technology, such as 31-phosphorus spectroscopy and hyperpolarized 13-carbon spectroscopy, to understand the metabolism of the liver and how it is affected by treatments.
Imaging Bone-Cartilage Interactions in Osteoarthritis Using [18F]-NaF PET-MRI.
Savic D. et al, (2016), Mol Imaging, 15, 1 - 12
Modeling predicts a connection between sinus vortex effects and aortic compliance
Aboelkassem Y. et al, (2016), Journal of Theoretical Biology, 389, 306 - 309
Cartilage T 1ρ and T 2 relaxation times: longitudinal reproducibility and variations using different coils, MR systems and sites
Li X. et al, (2015), Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 23, 2214 - 2223
Mathematical modeling of aortic valve dynamics during systole
Aboelkassem Y. et al, (2015), Journal of Theoretical Biology, 365, 280 - 288
Assessing Biological Response to Bevacizumab Using 18F-Fluoromisonidazole PET/MR Imaging in a Patient with Recurrent Anaplastic Astrocytoma
Barajas RF. et al, (2015), Case Reports in Radiology, 2015, 1 - 4