Our Research and Development Team

Dr. Craig Buckley

Dr Craig Buckley has been the Head of Research and Scientific Collaborations for Siemens Healthineers in GB&I since 2008. Among other posts in engineering and clinical research, he previously worked as an Academic at the University of Cambridge where he held a post-doctoral position in the Department of Chemical Engineering using MRI to understand multi-phase, multi compartment systems.

Craig spends the most of his time meeting with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and funding agencies, to understand their vision of the future of healthcare. Craig and his team are looking into how they can integrate imaging and diagnostics with AI into enhanced workflows, reducing the need for repetitive human input – improving the patient experience and increasing efficiency whilst reducing unwarranted variation.

"The most rewarding part is seeing what we do featuring in our future products and the impact this has on clinical outcomes.”

Maria Alexandra Olaru

Alexandra has been working at Siemens Healthineers GB&I as an On-Site MR Scientist for just over one year. Previous to her role at Siemens Healthineers, Alexandra developed a strong interest in MRI pulse sequence design and in building data processing codes for NMR spectroscopy and MRI during her PhD - leading to further work at the Centre for Hyperpolarisation as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate studying the liquid-state spectroscopy and high-field MRI.

As an On-Site MR Scientist for Siemens Healthineers, Alexandra is responsible for scientific collaborations with the University of York, Leeds General Infirmary and the Christie Hospital in Manchester in addition to support provision for MR spectroscopy-based projects across Great Britain and Ireland.

“I decided to pursue my interest in clinical MRI and programming of pulse sequences in an industrial environment, where I could further expand my knowledge and skill set.”

Karl-Philipp Kunze: Cardiac MR Scientist

Karl-Philipp Kunze has been in role as a Cardiac MR Scientist at Siemens Healthineers since 2018. Previous to this role, Karl-Philipp studied clinical imaging as part of his masters degree in physics at the Technical University of Munich where he went on to receive his PhD in the applications of cardiovascular PET/MRI. Now based at King’s College London (KCL), Karl-Philipp’s role as a Cardiac MR Scientist gives him responsibility over handling a range of collaboration topics related to Cardiovascular MR imaging. This includes the development of sequence and reconstruction applications in collaboration with local partners and the cardiac pre-development team at the Siemens Healthineers MR Headquarters.

As a Cardiac MR Scientist, Karl-Philipp is responsible for supporting local collaborators with research work but also the development of applications, involving elements of coding and testing software.

“The most rewarding part for me is seeing one’s own efforts have an impact on research and, potentially, clinical practice, and working together with our academic partners towards improving the lives of people all around the world.”

Fabrizio Fasano

Fabrizio Fasano has been in role since 2016 working with the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) on behalf of Siemens Healthineers as a Collaboration Scientist. Previous to this role, Fabrizio had experience in MR sequence development and image processing in the field of medical research and now works as an On-Site Collaboration Scientist with a focus on MR. Fabrizio’s role is largely focused on supporting site researchers with specific projects involving Siemens Healthineers MR scanners.

Managing main collaboration projects in conjunction with daily support requests can be challenging and is often done in collaboration with managers and the site managers to fulfil well-designed project agreements that will be valuable for both partners.

“The role of a Collaboration Scientist provides the unique chance to connect academy and industry. It is your place if, other than focusing on the scientific topics themselves, you want to take part in the translational challenge. Siemens Healthineers is an incubator for applied science initiatives.”

Veerle Kersemans

Veerle is a biomedical scientist with a PhD in (radio)pharmaceutical sciences and a strong background in pre-clinical PET/SPECT/CT/MRI imaging. Throughout her career she focused on many aspects of Molecular Imaging using PET and SPECT, including biomarker design and validation, multi-modal imaging, and image-guided radiotherapy. Mainly focusing on oncology applications, she had the opportunity to collaborate with many academic and industrial partners. Veerle joined the GB&I Molecular Imaging and Research and Collaborations teams in 2021 as a PET/SPECT Collaboration Scientist. She continues her work within the multicultural and multidisciplinary Molecular Imaging community where she assists and facilitates clinical research activities and strengthens the relationships between research and industry.

"As a collaboration scientist you are at the forefront of translating new imaging technologies to the bedside. It is an exciting opportunity to strengthen and to advance the imaging technologies so industry, academia and healthcare can capitalise on the advances being developed.”

Dr Radhouene Neji achieved his PhD at Ecole Centrale Paris, where he worked on developing new algorithms for the postprocessing of Diffusion Tensor Images of the human skeletal muscle before holding visiting research positions at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ, USA and at the Signal Processing Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He later joined Siemens Healthineers MR in Erlangen, Germany, as an Application Developer in the Body Oncology group, working in MR Spectroscopy.

In his current role as MR Research and Technology Team Lead, Radhouene is responsible for MR collaboration and pre-development activities with King’s College London, where work focuses on addressing technical challenges to impact current clinical routines. The wide range of MR research activities at KCL can make collaboration challenging but this is key in the development of techniques that, can not only be applied to patients, but achieve a wide research impact in the MR community.

"Siemens Healthineers is an innovative, diverse, multidisciplinary, customer-oriented company, with a great focus on R&D and innovation."

Dr Isabel Ramos joined Siemens Healthineers in September 2020 as Innovation Manager – Digital Health. Isabel is part of the Research and Collaborations team and is supporting the close collaboration with Kings College London and Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital managing and driving projects relating to the development of AI-related products at the London Medical Imaging & AI-Centre for Value-Based Healthcare.

Prior to joining Siemens Healthineers, Isabel worked at the Francis Crick Institute as a Business Manager helping driving research from concept to translation and she worked as an IP Associate at Imperial Innovations, the commercialisation arm of Imperial College. Isabel has an MSc in Bioengineering from the University of Porto, Portugal and a PhD in Molecular Imaging from King’s College London.

“It’s great to be part of the Healthineers family and its innovative and dynamic team! With our collaboration partners we look to drive science into real-life solutions for the benefit of patients.”

After concluding the second Masters in Business Analytics Luca joined a research team named SAIL analyst teams at Swansea university, where he worked for 4 years concluding in the position of Data Scientist. During his time there, he contributed to many research papers using both primary and secondary care data, mainly from Welsh patients but also patients across the UK for a few projects.

Luca joined Siemens Healthineers in 2018 where he spent most of his time contributing to securing the collaboration between KCL, GSTT and Siemens Healthineers. This allowed him to build a great relationship with the PI and clinical team, as well as collect feedback for the development of the AIPC prototype.

Luca also worked together with Cambridge University Hospital, and participated from the get go in the installation and uploading of data to AIPC for prostate cancer software. He collected the data, finalised the data mapping and showed the data to the clinical team.

He also actively participated in the requirements and data collection for the Concordance Algorithm software and in the testing of the Minimizer tool needed for anonymising free text reports.

"I decided to pursue my interest in data in the health industry because I love to see my skills used where they can add value for doctors and patients. The AIPC vision brings me excitement because I have been lucky to participate in consultation with patients and I saw the huge impact that it will bring to clinics."