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Two prestigious fellowships awarded to post-doctoral researchers within Imaging at the IBME

Dr Heba Sailem and Dr Ana Namburete have been awarded prestigious fellowships
Two prestigious fellowships awarded to post-doctoral researchers within Imaging at the IBME

Dr Heba Sailem (R) and Dr Ana Namburete (L)

Dr Heba Sailem, a postdoctoral researcher in Prof Jens Rittscher's group at the IBME, has been awarded a prestigious Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is for four years and will allow Heba to establish a research programme at the interface between Computer Vision and Systems Biology. Heba will work with Prof Jens Rittscher's and Prof Andrew Zisserman's groups at the Department of Engineering but also partly at the University of Zurich and UCL. Heba will develop deep learning methods for analysing image-based genetic screens. These methods will advance our understanding of gene functions which has a great impact on pharmacological and biomedical studies.

 

Dr. Ana Namburete, postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Alison Noble's group also at the IBME, has won a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship. Ultrasound imaging is amongst the first steps in a continuum of pregnancy care. Although ultrasound machines are increasingly available in low-income settings, the lack of suitably trained sonographers presents a significant roadblock for delivery of safe and reliable prenatal care.

Ana’s research focuses on creating computational algorithms to enhance the diagnostic value of sonographic images. Through her work, she aims to establish ultrasound as a cost-effective tool for early assessment of brain maturation during pregnancy. To this end, she is creating a digital map (atlas) of the fetal brain at different stages in pregnancy for the purpose of pre-birth screening and monitoring of conditions such as malnutrition. The algorithms provide a fully-automated solution, requiring minimal reliance on trained specialists.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this work aims to provide appropriate engineering solutions to clinical needs of the developing world. This year, Ana was awarded one of seven prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellowships in the UK. These fellowships provide support to outstanding early career researchers for five years to establish independent research groups. With her RAEng Fellowship, Ana has secured additional funding through the UK government’s Global Research Challenges scheme to form links and knowledge exchange between Africa- and UK-based scientists.

 

25-Jan-2017