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 different stages of NAFLD and what role L-carnitine has on fatty acids metabolism and insulin resistance in both healthy volunteers and patients. We are using advanced magnetic resonance spectroscopy before and after injection of L-carnitine as well as stable-isotope tracing to understand the metabolism of the liver and how it is affected in patients with NAFLD.
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
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
Mathematical modeling of aortic valve dynamics during systole
Aboelkassem Y. et al, (2015), Journal of Theoretical Biology, 365, 280 - 288