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Dr Maria Engel

Dr Maria Engel

Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2068 8759
1.021, Canolfan Ymchwil Delweddu'r Ymennydd Prifysgol Caerdydd, Heol Maendy, Caerdydd, CF24 4HQ


My research focuses on developing methods for rapid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI is notoriously slow relative to most other medical imaging modalities. However, it has a number of prominent applications, such as functional brain studies, that demand time-resolved and thus very fast scanning. My work focuses on accelerating imaging protocols using advanced spatial encoding, field sensing and image reconstruction methods.



2020PhD – ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2014Master of Physics – Heidelberg University, Ruperto Carola, Germany
2012Bachelor of Physics – Heidelberg University, Ruperto Carola, Germany

Academic positions

2021 - presentResearch Associate at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), Cardiff University, UK
2020 - 2021PostDoc at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBT), ETH Zurich, Switzerland







Engel, M.; Kasper, L.; Pruessmann, K. P. BOLD PSF: Impact of k-Space Sampling on T2* Contrast. In Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB; London, 2022; p 2446. https://index.mirasmart.com/ISMRM2022/PDFfiles/2446.html

Engel, M.; Kasper, L.; Wilm, B.; Dietrich, B.; Patzig, F.; Vionnet, L.; Pruessmann, K. P. Mono-Planar T-Hex: Speed and Flexibility for High-Resolution 3D Imaging. Magn. Reson. Med. 2022, 87 (1), 272–280. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mrm.28979

Kasper, L.; Engel, M.; Heinzle, J.; Mueller-Schrader, M.; Graedel, N. N.; Reber, J.; Schmid, T.; Barmet, C.; Wilm, B. J.; Stephan, K. E.; Pruessmann, K. P. Advances in Spiral FMRI: A High-Resolution Study with Single-Shot Acquisition. NeuroImage 2022, 246, 118738. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811921010107

Engel, M.; Kasper, L.; Patzig, F.; Bianchi, S.; Prüssmann, K. Whole-Brain FMRI at 5 Frames per Second Using T-Hex Spiral Acquisition. In Proceedings of the 2021 ISMRM & SMRT Annual Meeting & Exhibition; 2021; p 0886. https://index.mirasmart.com/ISMRM2021/PDFfiles/0886.html

Engel, M.; Kasper, L.; Wilm, B.; Dietrich, B.; Vionnet, L.; Hennel, F.; Reber, J.; Pruessmann, K. P. T-Hex: Tilted Hexagonal Grids for Rapid 3D Imaging. Magn. Reson. Med. 2021, 85 (5). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mrm.28600

Graedel, N. N.; Kasper, L.; Engel, M.; Nussbaum, J.; Wilm, B. J.; Pruessmann, K. P.; Vannesjo, S. J. Feasibility of Spiral FMRI Based on an LTI Gradient Model. NeuroImage 2021, 245. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811921009472

Marjanovic, J.; Reber, J.; Brunner, D. O.; Engel, M.; Kasper, L.; Dietrich, B. E.; Vionnet, L.; Pruessmann, K. P. A Reconfigurable Platform for Magnetic Resonance Data Acquisition and Processing. IEEE Trans. Med. Imaging 2020, 39 (4), 1138–1148. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8853297

Engel, M.; Kasper, L.; Barmet, C.; Schmid, T.; Vionnet, L.; Wilm, B.; Pruessmann, K. P. Single-Shot Spiral Imaging at 7 T. Magn. Reson. Med. 2018, 80 (5), 1836–1846. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/mrm.27176

Kasper, L.; Engel, M.; Barmet, C.; Haeberlin, M.; Wilm, B. J.; Dietrich, B. E.; Schmid, T.; Gross, S.; Brunner, D. O.; Stephan, K. E.; Pruessmann, K. P. Rapid Anatomical Brain Imaging Using Spiral Acquisition and an Expanded Signal Model. NeuroImage 2018, 168, 88–100. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811917306432

Hennel, F.; Tian, R.; Engel, M.; Pruessmann, K. P. In-Plane “Superresolution” MRI with Phaseless Sub-Pixel Encoding. Magn. Reson. Med. 2018, 80 (6), 2384–2392. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/mrm.27209


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