Deirdre attained her undergraduate degree in Physics from the Queens University of Belfast, where she also obtained an MSc in Computational Science. Following this she obtained a diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA, equivalent to M.Res.) in Imaging Science from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Southampton on the topic of Nuclear Medicine image reconstruction using Bayesian inversion algorithms.
After her doctoral studies Deirdre spent five years in industry working in R&D software development for a variety of image processing and computer vision problems. Following this she returned to academia to work in MRI research at the University of Manchester, the University Health Network Toronto, and the University of Sheffield. During this time Deirdre gained experience in the development of MRI protocols and image analysis software for numerous modalities including dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI), oxygen-enhanced MRI (OE-MRI), magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and arterial spin labelling (ASL). She also has experience in finite element model based simulation of MRE.
Deirdre currently works within the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre as Senior Research Fellow in MR Physics and Image Analysis. In this role she will be developing novel MR imaging and analysis methodologies in line with the BRC research themes, with the aim of creating a direct impact on patient treatment. One of her main projects is the development of liver MRE methodology for the study of chronic liver disease. Other research focuses include the development of MRE methods for the lung to study interstitial lung disease and for the gastrointestinal tract to determine the biomechanical characteristics of visceral fat, finite element model based simulation of liver MRE, and advanced MRE inversion methods as a collaboration with the Mathematics Department. Deirdre also has future project plans in hemodynamic modelling and cerebral capillary density estimation.
For further details: Dr Deirdre McGrath