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Dr Chantal Tax

Dr Chantal Tax

Research Fellow

School of Psychology


Research summary

My research focuses on image processing and biomedical modelling of  magnetic resonance imaging data (MRI), with a  focus on diffusion MRI data of the in-vivo human brain. I am interested in  optimising different aspects of the preprocessing and analysis pipeline, as  well as applying differential geometric methods to diffusion MRI data. My  research in CUBRIC has been primarily focussed on extracting new information  from multidimensional data acquired with the ultra-strong gradient Connectom  scanner, and on combining diffusion MRI with relaxometry.


Undergraduate education

2006-2009: B.Sc. Biomedical  Engineering (graduated With Great Appreciation)
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

2010-2012: B.Sc. Applied Physics  (passed 8 courses, 28 ECTS)
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Postgraduate education

2009-2012: M.Sc. Medical Engineering  (graduated Cum Laude)
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

2010-2012: Certificate Technological Management (graduated)
Eindhoven  University of Technology,The Netherlands

2012-2016: Ph.D. Medical Imaging  (graduated Cum Laude)
Utrecht University, The Netherlands


08/2017 – present:                  Research  Fellow
Cardiff University, School of Psychology, Cardiff University Brain  Research Imaging Centre (Cardiff UK)

09/2016 – 08/2017:                 Research  Associate
Cardiff University, School of Psychology,  Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (Cardiff UK)

03/2012 – 09/2016:                 PhD  candidate
University Medical Center Utrecht, Image Sciences Institute,  PROVIDI-lab (Utrecht The Netherlands)

07/2015 – 12/2015:                 Visiting  PhD candidate
Harvard Medical School, Laboratory of Mathematics in Imaging (LMI)  (Boston USA)

06/2014 – 09/2014:                 Visiting  PhD candidate
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab  (SCIL) (Sherbrooke Canada)

09/2010 – 03/2012:                 Master  Student
Eindhoven University of Technology, BioMedical Image Analyisis  (BMIA) Group / Kempenhaeghe Epileptology and Sleep Medicine Expertise Center  (Eindhoven The Netherlands)

05/2010 – 08/2010:                 Visiting  Master student
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Department of Clinical  Neurophysiology (Sydney Australia)

Committee  membership and associated activities

MICCAI  Computational  Diffusion MRI (CDMRI) Workshop Organising Committee (2016 – present)
MICCAI Diffusion MRI data Harmonisation Challenge (2016 – present)
KNAW Faces of Science (2014 - present)
ISMRM Session moderator (2015, 2017)
ISMRM Benelux Chapter Meeting Organising Committee (2014 – 2015)
Chair of the Medical Imaging Symposium for PhD Students (MISP,  2013)

Honours and awards


  • Best PhD thesis award, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus (2017)
  • Cum Laude PhD thesis award, Girard de Mielet-van  Coehoorn Stichting (2017)
  • Best PhD thesis award, Utrecht University ImagO Graduate  School (2017)
  • ISMRM Junior Fellow (2016)
  • MRM Distinguished Reviewer (2016, 2017)
  • ISMRM  Magna Cum Laude Merit Award (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Best Research Contribution in  Bio-imaging – BASP Frontiers Workshop (2015)
  • Best first article award,  Utrecht University ImagO Graduate School (2013)
  • Best presentation award,Utrecht  University ImagO Graduate School  (2013)
  • Best MSc thesis award,  Eindhoven University of Technology, faculty of BioMedical Engineering (2012)
  • IMDI Talent prize, IMDI  symposium (2012)
  • Best ASCI paper award, ICT.OPEN  (2012)

Travel  stipends

  • ISMRM Junior Fellow Educational Stipend Award, (2016)
  • ISMRM Educational Stipend Award (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • ISMRM Travel Award for the ISMRM Diffusion workshop (2013)










Research topics and related papers

Combination of   relaxometric measurements with diffusion imaging data
Exploring  the extended measurement space accessible with ultra-strong gradients
Integration  of artefact detection and mitigation in diffusion MRI through robust estimation
Applying differential geometric frameworks in diffusion MRI data


Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for  Scientific Research – Postdoctoral  fellowship (2017-2019)
Marina van Damme Grant  (2015)

Research group


Research collaborators

Prof. Derek Jones


Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information  regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application.