Silvia De Santis

My academic career started with a Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics, followed by a Master’s degree in Physics. My master was completed at Sapienza University in Roma and included a 4-months internship at University College (London). On graduating, I was awarded a PhD scholarship in Physics at Sapienza University on non-Gaussian diffusion phenomena. Before submitting my thesis, I secured a post- doctoral position in CUBRIC, Cardiff, funded by the CONNECT Consortium, supported by the FET-Open Programme of the European Commission. This great experience helped me to formulate my next major goal: to capitalize on my relatively unique experience of both clinical and high-field imaging for exploring, and combining, the advanced diffusion-based imaging techniques I have been studying and developing. My project MIND – Modelling and Imaging using Nongaussian diffusion, founded through the prestigious Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship, offered me the opportunity to work at the very best facilities with the world’s leading researchers in diffusion imaging (Tel Aviv University, Maastricht University and CUBRIC). In search for relevant neuroscientific questions to which I could successfully apply the methods I developed during the early phase of my career, my next move was to join Santiago’s lab in the Institute of Neuroscience of Alicante. Here, I currently hold a postdoctoral fellow position founded by the Brain and Behaviour Foundation through a NARSAD young investigator award, and by the European Commission through a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship.