Tehran University Student Wins NPSS Award

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 12:45

Negar Omidvari, Electrical Engineering graduate of University of Tehran, and the researcher of Technical University of Munich (TUM) has received IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society award.

According to an ISCA report, the fields of interest of NPSS are the nuclear and plasma sciences and in this regard, Negar Omidvari won IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society award.

Negar Omidvari received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 2011. She earned the M.S degree in Biomedical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany in 2013.

She is currently working as a researcher at the Department of Nuclear Medicine in Klinikum rechts der Isar, toward obtaining the Ph.D. degree in Physics at Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany.

From 2012 to 2013, she was with Philips Research Aachen, where she was involved in the characterization of sensitivity-encoded silicon photomultipliers. Since 2014, her PhD research has been on development and characterization of a high-resolution small-animal positron emission tomography (PET) insert for a 7 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

The PET insert has a novel detector arrangement, with two offset layers of scintillation crystals individually read out by high-gain silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs), and offers high resolution, high count-rate capability, and reduced shielding requirements.

She has worked on characterization of different scintillation crystal materials and SiPMs as detector modules for PET. She has also worked on Monte Carlo simulations of the scanner, characterization of data acquisition systems, data processing, image reconstruction, and the performance evaluation of the final system.

Her latest work has been on MR-compatibility assessment of the PET insert with three radio-frequency coil configurations. She is a student member of IEEE and IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. She was a recipient of the Valentin T. Jordanov Radiation Instrumentation Travel Grant in 2017 and IEEE NSS/MIC Conference Trainee Grants in 2015 and 2017.


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