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dr. S. (Stefano) Mandija

Researcher/Postdoc

  • Computational Imaging

dr. S. (Stefano) Mandija

Research Programs

Biography

Stefano is currently employed as postdoctoral researcher / MRI-physicist at the radiotherapy department of the University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands). His research topics range from fundamental and methodological research to clinical development of quantitative MRI methods and MRI biomarkers for diagnostic and radiotherapy treatment response prediction and monitoring. In particular, he works on the characterization of tissue electrical properties for radiotherapy treatments efficacy assessment using MRI (NWO recipient VENI grant 2020), MRI-guided cardiac radio-ablation using stereotactic radiotherapy (STOPSTORM.eu consortium), MRI-based guidance of spinal cord stimulation (RESTORE and Prep2GO consortia), and he also supports the development and translation of quantitative MRI methods in clinical settings (MR-STAT).

Background

Stefano was born in Camposampiero, Padua (Italy) in September 1988. He was educated as a bioengineer at the University of Padua, 2007-2013. Afterwards, he moved to The Netherlands where he received his Ph.D. in the field of non-invasive characterization of tissue electrical properties with MRI at the University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 2018. Subsequently, he was offered a Post-Doc position at the Radiology and Radiotherapy departments of the University Medical Center Utrecht. Because of his passion for MRI and his positive attitude, which makes him looking at research challenges as new opportunities to expand his knowledge and to establish new collaborations, he also recently started investigating MRI-based guidance of cardiac ablation using stereotactic radiotherapy at the radiotherapy department of the University Medical Center Utrecht within the European STOPSTORM consortium.

Side Activities

  • Chair of the ISMRM Benelux Annual Meeting (2020)

Fellowship and Awards

  • NWO VENI Grant (2020): MR-based measurements of ‘Tissue ElectroMagnetic Properties in radiation Oncology (TEMPO)’: A predictive tool for early-stage assessment of radiotherapy treatments

    Junior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, ISMRM (2020)

    Trainee Educational Stipend of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, ISMRM (2014, 2015, 2016)

Research Output (18)

Investigating the challenges and generalizability of deep learning brain conductivity mapping

Hampe Nils, Katscher Ulrich, van den Berg Cornelis A T, Tha Khin Khin, Mandija Stefano 7 jul 2020, In: Physics in medicine and biology. 65 11 p.

The noise navigator for MRI-guided radiotherapy:an independent method to detect physiological motion

Navest R J M, Mandija S, Zijlema S E, Stemkens B, Andreychenko A, Lagendijk J J W, van den Berg C A T 21 jun 2020, In: Physics in medicine and biology. 65 12 p.

The noise navigator:a surrogate for respiratory-correlated 4D-MRI for motion characterization in radiotherapy

Navest R J M, Mandija S, Bruijnen T, Stemkens B, Tijssen R H N, Andreychenko A, Lagendijk J J W, van den Berg C A T 13 jan 2020, In: Physics in medicine and biology. 65 , p. 01NT02 9 p.

Visualization of gold fiducial markers in the prostate using phase-cycled bSSFP imaging for MRI-only radiotherapy

Shcherbakova Yulia, Bartels Lambertus Wilbert, Mandija Stefano, Beld Ellis, Seevinck Peter R, van der Voort van Zyp Jochem R N, Kerkmeijer Linda G W, Moonen Chrit T W, Lagendijk Jan J W, Van den Berg Cornelis A T 11 sep 2019, In: Physics in Medicine and Biology. 64 , p. 185001 1 p.

Understanding the physical relations governing the noise navigator

Navest R J M, Mandija S, Andreychenko A, Raaijmakers A J E, Lagendijk J J W, van den Berg C A T 17 jul 2019, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 82 , p. 2236-2247 12 p.

Brain and Head-and-Neck MRI in Immobilization Mask:A Practical Solution for MR-Only Radiotherapy

Mandija Stefano, D'Agata Federico, Navest Robin J M, Sbrizzi Alessandro, Tijssen Rob H N, Philippens Marielle E P, Raaijmakers Cornelis P J, Seravalli Enrica, Verhoeff Joost J C, Lagendijk Jan J W, van den Berg Cornelis A T 17 jul 2019, In: Frontiers in oncology. 9

Opening a new window on MR-based Electrical Properties Tomography with deep learning

Mandija Stefano, Meliadò Ettore F., Huttinga Niek R.F., Luijten Peter R., van den Berg Cornelis A.T. 20 jun 2019, In: Scientific Reports. 9 , p. 8895

Brain and Head-and-Neck MRI in immobilization masks: a novel and practical setup for radiotherapy

Mandija S., D'Agata F., Navest R., Sbrizzi A., Raaymakers C., Tijssen R., Philippens M., Seravalli E., Verhoeff J., Lagendijk J., Van den Berg C. apr 2019, In: Radiotherapy and Oncology. 133 , p. S97-S98

Cervical cancer apparent diffusion coefficient values during external beam radiotherapy

de Boer Peter, Mandija Stefano, Werensteijn-Honingh Anita M., van den Berg Cornelis A.T., de Leeuw Astrid A.C., Jürgenliemk-Schulz Ina M. jan 2019, In: Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology. 9 , p. 77-82 6 p.

A novel concurrent TMS-fMRI method to reveal propagation patterns of prefrontal magnetic brain stimulation

Vink Jord J.T., Mandija Stefano, Petrov Petar I., van den Berg Cornells A.T., Sommer Iris E.C., Neggers Sebastiaan F.W. nov 2018, In: Human Brain Mapping. 39 , p. 4580-4592 13 p.

All Research Output (18)