Professor Fernando Calamante

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Professor Fernando Calamante

Professor Fernando Calamante is the Director of Sydney Imaging, the biomedical imaging Core Research Facility at the University of Sydney. He is Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. He is also Co-Director of the USyd/ANSTO joint node of the NCRIS-funded National Imaging Facility.

After he finished his BSc degree in Physics (with Honours) in Argentina, he went to study Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the UK as a Chevening Scholar (The British Council), where he later carried out his PhD at University College London, and was subsequently appointed Lecturer in Biophysics (2000). He relocated to Australia in 2005, where he spent 12 years at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne. Fernando joined the University of Sydney in 2018.

His main areas of research are the development of novel methods for Diffusion MRI, Perfusion MRI and brain connectivity, and their applications to neurology and neuroscience. He has gained international recognition for this work and his MRI methods have been adopted by many labs. For example, his MRtrix software for Diffusion MRI analysis is widely used worldwide and is one of the most popular tools in the field.

His research funding totals over $44M, including multiple ARC and NHMRC Project Grants and Fellowships, 2 NHMRC Program Grants, MRFF funding, and industrial funding.

Fernando has been elected to several leadership positions within the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, including as its 2021-2022 President.