Bio

Bio


I am a biomedical engineer specifically interested in finding diagnostic capabilities that advance medicine at the interface of engineering and the clinical/biological sciences. I am researching MR physics and engineering development for PET/MR and Ultra High-Field MRI with current and future specific focus on (1) pediatric whole-body cancer staging, (2) human connectome mapping for advanced understanding of neural connectivity in neurodegenerative and neurocognitive disorders.

Current Role at Stanford


Research Associate

Honors & Awards


  • 1st place in ISMRM annual meeting MR engineering competition, Toronto, Canada, ISMRM (2015)
  • Magna Cum Laude Oral Presentation Award, ISMRM (2015)
  • Stanford GRSL high-risk initiative grant: "Magnetogenetics: A Powerful Tool for Cancer Therapy", Stanford (2015)
  • Collaborative Research Grant -- Harvard University / Massachusetts General Hospital, Burroughs Wellcome Fund (2014-2015)
  • Stanford RSL award, Stanford Radiological Sciences Laboratory (2013)
  • Post-Doc Fellowship, NSERC (2012-2014)
  • Notable Services and Contributions towards the Advancement of IEEE, IEEE (2012)
  • MTT-S Graduate Fellowship, IEEE (2009)
  • 1st rank Québec-wide in Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students, FQRNT (2007-2010)
  • Numerous (5+) travel grants, various (2006-2013)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE CCECE (2006)
  • DOC-Scholarship, Austrian Academy of Science (2005-2007)
  • Completed studies in mechatronics below minimum time with distinction, JK University Linz (2005)
  • Numerous (4+) awards for master thesis, Erwin Wenzel Foundation, BMGF, Tech2b, OeVE (2005)

Education & Certifications


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ecole Polytechnique Montreal / Université de Montréal, RF/microwave engineering (2011)
  • Master of Engineering, Johannes Kepler Universitaet Linz, mechatronics (2005)

Projects


  • Acoustics and vibrations in head insert and body gradient coils for Ultra High-Field MRI

    Location

    Stanford University

  • Dielectric Shimming for Ultra High-Field MRI

    Location

    Stanford University

  • Combined RF-shim coil design for Ultra High-Field MRI

    Location

    Stanford University

  • In-vivo SAR mapping for Ultra High-Field MRI safety

    Location

    Stanford University

  • Magnetic Hyperthermia

    Location

    Stanford University

  • RF coil and electromagnetic modeling in MRI

    Location

    Stanford University

Patents


  • Simone Winkler, Brian Rutt, Paul Picot, Michael Thornton. "United StatesIn-Vivo Specific Absorption Rate Mapping using the Thermoacoustic Effect", May 7, 2014

Professional

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • MR Engineering Study Group Trainee Chair, ISMRM (2016 - Present)
  • Chapter Head, ASCINA - Austrian Scientists & Scholars in North America (2015 - Present)
  • Fully licensed professional engineer, P.Eng., Professional Engineers Ontario (2015 - Present)
  • Member, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2013 - Present)
  • Chair, IEEE Women in Engineering Montreal (2011 - 2012)
  • Professional Engineer jun., Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (2013 - Present)
  • Member, IEEE (2005 - Present)
  • Member, Austrian Academy of Science (2005 - Present)
  • Chair, OeH Erstsemestrigentutorium (Austrian academic association - chapter for new student support) (2002 - 2005)
  • Steering Committee Member, IEEE International Microwave Symposium 2012 (10000-15000 attendees) (2011 - 2012)
  • Reviewer, Artech House Book Publishers (2011 - Present)
  • Educational Session Organizer for the ISMRM 2016, Singapore, ISMRM (2015 - Present)

Publications

All Publications


  • Practical Methods for Improving B-1(+) Homogeneity in 3 Tesla Breast Imaging JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING Winkler, S. A., Rutt, B. K. 2015; 41 (4): 992-999

    Abstract

    To improve image contrast and B1+ field homogeneity in 3 Tesla (T) breast MR.Two practical B1+ shimming methods for 3T breast MR are presented; low-cost passive shimming using local pads of high dielectric permittivity (εr from 0 to 100), and two-channel radiofrequency (RF) shimming (adjusting Q-I amplitude ratios and phase differences of 0 to -4 dB and 90 to 45 degrees), as well as a combination of both methods. The technique has been studied both in simulation using a numerical body model with added mammary tissue and in vivo in six subjects.Large improvements are observed with both methods, leading to a decrease in left-right B1+ asymmetry ratio of 1.24 to 1.00 (simulation) and from 1.26 to 1.01 (in vivo). RF safety was not adversely affected.Both RF shimming and dielectric shimming were shown to improve inhomogeneity in the B1+ field in 3T breast MR. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2015;41:992-999. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jmri.24635

    View details for Web of Science ID 000351521700016

    View details for PubMedID 24723508