Ileana Jelescu

Ileana Jelescu

Assistant Professor (SNSF)
Dept of Radiology, CHUV/UNIL
Phone: +41 21 314 6020
Mailing address: Centre de Recherche en Radiologie PEP3, CHUV
Rue du Bugnon 46, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
PEP3-02-220, Rue Pépinet 3, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

I am an Assistant Professor within the Department of Radiology at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL).

My research is focused on developing new tools to characterize brain microstructure and function, using diffusion and functional MRI. To that goal, we harness theoretical biophysical modeling, computational tools and experimental design. These cutting-edge techniques are then integrated into human and animal studies of the normal and pathological brain, aiming to shed light on neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

In 2010 I graduated with a double degree in Physics from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) and in Medical Physics from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). I obtained a PhD in Physics in 2013 from Université Paris-Saclay (Orsay, France), in functional MRI and diffusion MRI microscopy at single neuron-level, working on one of the strongest MRI systems in the world (17 Tesla – NeuroSpin, France). I completed postdoctoral work at NYU Center for Biomedical Imaging on combining diffusion MRI with biophysical modeling.
I moved to Switzerland in 2015 as research scientist within the Center for Biomedical Imaging at EPFL, where I pursued my own research lines in parallel to serving as operational manager of the 14 Tesla MRI system. In the Fall of 2021, I established the Mic-Map lab at UNIL/CHUV, thanks to an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship. The following year I obtained an ERC Starting Grant from the European Commission.

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