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Francesco Santini, PhD, MRSE (MRSC™)

Electronic Engineer,

PhD in Biophysics,

MR Safety Expert

Personal Information



Date of birth

19th March 1981

Marriage status


Work experience

July 2013 - present

Senior researcher at the Basel University Hospital

Responsible for MRI Safety

June 2009 – July 2013

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Basel (Division of Radiological Physics) (Jan 2011-Dec 2011: 60% employment)

January 2011 – December 2011

MR Physicist at the Cardiocentro Ticino (40% employment)

October 2005 – June 2009

PhD Student at the University of Basel (Division of Radiological Physics)


October 2015

American Board of MR Safety accreditation as MR Safety Expert

March 2014

Good Clinical Practice habilitation (levels 1-3: Sponsor-Investigator)

June 2009

PhD degree in Biophysics (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), summa cum laude

University: University of Basel, Switzerland

Department: Institute of Radiology – Division of Radiological Physics (Prof. Klaus Scheffler)

Title of the dissertation: Spins in motion. New methods for the visualization of intracranial flow.

Main topics: Flow quantification and angiography techniques, sequence design and development.

June 2008

ESMRMB Course on Parallel Imaging (Lisbon)

September 2006

ESMRMB Course on MR Flow and Perfusion (Copenhagen)

July 2005

Success in the qualification test for registration with the Italian Register of Professional Engineers (“Albo professionale degli Ingegneri”).

April 2005

Degree in Electronic Engineering (specialisation in Biomedical Engineering, five-year course, MEng Equiv.) with final mark of 110/110 cum laude and special mention of the examining board.

University: Università degli Studi di Firenze (Florence, Italy).

Main subjects: Electronic component and circuit design, signal processing, biomedical signal processing and imaging system design, computer programming.

Master Thesis: “Higher cerebral control in central and obstructive apnoeas” (EEG signal processing).

February – July 2003

SOCRATES/ERASMUS international student exchange programme.

University: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain).

Organizational activities

June 2009

Organization of the European IDEA user group counference in Basel

Scientific journal reviewer

Professional affiliations

Languages and other skills


Mother tongue.


Fluent (Cambridge Proficiency in English Certificate, Trinity College Certificate level 12).







Modern Greek



Knowledge of 3D printing and 3D model design

Expert knowledge of Siemens MR sequence and image reconstruction (IDEA and ICE) development framework.

Knowledge of R statistical software

Miscellaneous activities and interests


Student representative in the Faculty Council


Judo (II dan black belt) – Trainer of the Judo Club of the University Hospital Basel (since 2015)

scuba diving (ESA Instructor)

skiing and snowboarding.


Arts and literature, travelling, foreign languages.

Other contributions

Publications and other scientific activities

Invited talks and lectures

18th January 2014

Multiparametric Mapping in One Acquisition, SCMR 2014, New Orleans

25th January 2013

Cardiac MRI Sequence overview, Cardiac MRI course, University Hospital Basel


Various lectures at the master course “Principles of Medical Imaging” (University of Basel – University of Bern)

16th June 2009

Advanced flow quantification techniques with MRI, Faculty of Engineering, University of Florence

15th May 2009

Motion, Flow and Perfusion in MRI, Swiss Society of Radiobiology and Medical Physics educational course, Basel

26th May 2008

Principles of MRI, Faculty of Medicine, University of Milan


March 2012

ISMRM “Summa cum Laude” award for work “Acceleration techniques for phase contrast flow quantification: a deal with the Devil?”.

October 2007

Gorter Award” finalist for the work “7-Dimensional flow quantification with balanced SSFP” - DS-ISMRM annual meeting Wuerzburg (Germany)

September 2005

Italian national award “Premio di Laurea Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria” for the best Master Thesis in Biomedical Engineering.

Master thesis supervision

April 2013

Philipp Kreutzinger – Vergleich von Verfahren in der MR-Bildgebung zur Beurteilung der maximalen Flussgeschwindigkeit in der Pulmonalarterie. (University of Basel – Faculty of Medicine)

April 2012

Stefano Ciulli – Development and testing of a novel technique for velocity-selective MRI: phase-chase SSFP. (University of Basel and University of Florence – Faculty of Engineering)


Grant Support as Principal Investigator

Grant Support as Co-investigator

Publication list

Peer-reviewed papers

Selected conference proceedings