Francesco Santini, PhD, MRSE (MRSC™)

Research Group Leader on MRI,

MR Safety Expert

Personal Information


Swiss and Italian

Date of birth

19th March 1981

Marriage status


Work experience

June 2021 - present

Research Group Leader at the University of Basel (50%)

Leader of the Basel Muscle MR Imaging Group

Tasks: Faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Coordination of research on Muscle MRI

June 2020 - present

Part of the Research Coordination Team for the Radiology department of the University Hospital Basel (50%)

Tasks: Artificial intelligence, workflow for clinical research, clinically oriented method development

January 2014-


Principal Investigator on Muscle MR Imaging

Tasks: Coordination of research on Muscle MRI, Development of new acquisition and reconstruction techniques for dynamic muscle imaging, quantitative muscle imaging and metabolic spectroscopy

July 2013 -

June 2021

Senior researcher at the Basel University Hospital

Responsible for MRI Safety

Tasks: Cardiovascular MRI, new acquisition and analysis methods for flow imaging and quantitative cardiac imaging

June 2009 – July 2013

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

Tasks: Cardiovascular MRI

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++)


Fall semester 20/21 - present

Open Science: Principles and Practices for Better Research

Accredited course at the University of Basel

Spring Semester 18/19 - present

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Accredited course at the University of Basel

Fall semester

15/16 - present

MR Safety

Course at the University of Basel / University Hospital (no credits, with official certification for participants)

2018 - present

Advanced MRI

ESMRMB eLearning course

2016 - present

Cardiac MRI


2013 - present

Cardiac MRI Masterclass

Accredited course by the Swiss Society of Radiology


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.

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).

Career Achievements

Career milestones

Approved research projects (Principal Investigator)

Approved research projects (Co-investigator)

Personal skills

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


Advanced knowledge


Intermediate knowledge


Intermediate knowledge

Functional programming

Basic knowledge (Clojure)

Other skills

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

Open source repositories

Languages and other skills


Mother tongue.


Fluent (Cambridge Proficiency in English Certificate).






Upper Intermediate (B2 level).

Modern Greek

Upper Intermediate.

Miscellaneous activities and interests


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, traveling, foreign languages.