Francesco Santini, PhD, MRSE (MRSC™)
PhD in Biophysics,
MR Safety Expert
Italian – Swiss Resident permit C
Date of birth
19th March 1981
Principal investigator (Project manager) on Muscle MR Imaging
Tasks: Coordination of research on Muscle MRI, Development of new techniques
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)
Tasks: Support of clinical research, creation of ad-hoc MR sequences and protocols
October 2005 – June 2009
PhD Student at the University of Basel (Division of Radiological Physics)
Tasks: Programming of MR scanners (realtime C/C++)
American Board of MR Safety accreditation as MR Safety Expert
Good Clinical Practice habilitation (levels 1-3: Sponsor-Investigator)
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.
Success in the qualification test for registration with the Italian Register of Professional Engineers (“Albo professionale degli Ingegneri”).
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).
Membership and Reviewing activities
Programming languages and other computer skills
Advanced knowledge, including realtime programming and embedded microcontroller programming (Arduino/ESP32 etc.)
Advanced knowledge, including numerical packages Numpy/Scipy
Basic knowledge (Clojure)
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
Languages and other skills
Fluent (Cambridge Proficiency in English Certificate, Trinity College Certificate level 12).
Upper Intermediate (B2 level).
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.