Sanaz Nazari Farsani

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Sanaz Nazari Farsani received her B.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering, in 2012, M.Sc. in Biomedical Imaging from Åbo Akademi University, Finland in 2014, and Ph.D. degree in Medical Imaging from the University of Turku, Finland, in 2020. Before joining Stanford University at MIIL Lab in 2021, she was a researcher at the Turku PET Centre in Finland from 2017 to 2020, at the Turku University Hospital, Finland from 2015 to 2017, and at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland from 2014 to 2015.

Her research interests focus on the application of AI in medical image analysis and processing. Dr. Nazari has a strong interest in PET/MRI imaging, in particular, lesion segmentation and prediction from brain MRIs, medical image translation, and PET image denoising. She is currently working on the prediction of final infarct lesions from baseline MRIs of patients with ischemic stroke. Since time is the key factor for stroke treatment, convenient methods for the fast and accurate prediction of final infarct and salvageable brain tissue are valued. Accordingly, Dr. Nazari focuses on data fusion and cross-modality image translation (from diffusion-weighted images [DWI] to perfusion-weighted images [PWI]) to achieve this aim using deep convolutional neural networks (DCNN).

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  • Ph.D., University of Turku, Biomedical Imaging (2020)
  • M.Sc., Åbo Akademi University, Biomedical Imaging (2014)
  • B.Sc., Azad University, Biomedical Engineering, Bioelectric (2012)

Honors & Awards

  • Learning to Detect and Segment Brain Lesions with Tailored Context-Aware Deep Neural Networks, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (2021)
  • Radiostereometric analysis of femoral stem migrations, Turku University Hospital State Funding (2020)
  • Imaging of the stability of uncemented femoral stems after hip replacement, Instrumentarium Foundation (2017)
  • Imaging of the stability of uncemented femoral stems after hip replacement, Finnish Cultural Foundation (2017)
  • Radiostereometric analysis of femoral stem migrations, University of Turku Foundation (2017)
  • Gender issue in total hip arthroplasty, Suomen Artroplastiayhdistys (2016)
  • Neuronavigation in rTMS treatment of tinnitus, Tekniikan edistämissäätio (Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion) (2015)