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Maria Lyasheva

BSc (Hons), MPhil (Cantab)

Clinical Researcher

Originally from Russia, I came to the UK back in 2012. I gained a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Manchester before obtaining a MPhil (Oncology) in Medical Science at the University of Cambridge.

During my Masters, I had my first exposure to CT image analysis. My research was focused on optimising radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer patients via tracking the anatomical changes of the parotid glands using CT scans.

Being fascinated by the power of imaging and acknowledging that “images are more than pictures”, I decided to build my career in this field. To broaden my experience and expertise, I received a scholarship from the British Council to undertake a research project on hyperpolarised xenon-129 MRI in patients with lung diseases at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (University of Nottingham).

As a clinical researcher in Professor Antoniades lab, I am in charge of running the ORFAN study. This international study is currently one of the largest studies that is looking into perivascular adipose tissue and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease using computed tomography (CT) as a non-invasive quantitative tool.
Alongside ORFAN, I also work across a multitude of other studies run by our group.