Francesco Santini, PhD, MRSE (MRSC™)

Electronic Engineer,

PhD in Biophysics,

MR Safety Expert

Personal Information


Italian – Swiss Resident permit C

Date of birth

19th March 1981

Marriage status


Work experience

January 2014-


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++)


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

Teaching activities

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, Trinity College Certificate level 12).






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.