Unravelling Brain Microstructure using Diffusion MRI
The human brain is a complex porous environment whose structure is yet to be fully uncovered.
Our computing center has been subject to investigations for centuries, yet we are still not able to provide an accurate description of its anatomy and physiology, especially without the use of invasive methods. Furthermore, it is of particular interest to study how diseases, such as tumors or strokes, affect the brain tissue environment. Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an imaging technique able to provide unique insights about porous media’s microstructure by non-invasively probing the random motion of water molecules. My work is centered around exploring and developing methods for the acquisition and analysis of such data with the goal of extracting meaningful information about the human brain microstructure, both in healthy and diseased scenarios.