Jessica Bastiaansen obtained her PhD in Physics from the EPFL in Lausanne in 2013. There, she worked in the laboratory of Functional and Metabolic Imaging, under the supervision of Rolf Gruetter and Arnaud Comment. She joined the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance research group in the university hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) as a postdoctoral fellow in 2014.
Her doctoral studies focused primarily on the development of hyperpolarized 13C NMR techniques and mathematical models to understand the metabolic processes in skeletal and cardiac muscle, which led to her nomination for the EPFL PhD award.
During her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, she was awarded a scholarship from Caltech to conduct her master's thesis research in the department of Bioengineering. There, she worked on neural tract tracing using manganese enhanced MRI (MEMRI), a project that was co-supervised by Scott Fraser and Klaas Nicolay. She also conducted an internship at Caltech on the measurement of elastic properties in carotid arteries using DENSE MRI and ultrasound, with Frans van de Vosse, Mori Gharib, and Alexander Lin.
Jessica has a strong interest in the development of MR techniques for non-invasive characterization of tissue function and metabolism. Her current research will exploit the variation of resonance properties induced by the chemical environment or magnetic field gradients to develop positive contrast MR or localized excitation. Other interests include motivating colleagues to participate in movies, running, ultimate frisbee, and other activities which are less fun to do alone.
In Vivo 13C & 1H MRS
Mathematical models of metabolism
Skeletal & cardiac muscle metabolism
High resolution NMR
Manganese Enhanced MRI