Saskia is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and acting 7T NIF Facility Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Imaging at the University of Queensland, implementing high-resolution functional and structural imaging for neuroscience research.
She obtained her M.Sc. ETH in Biomedical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in 2013, where she utilized concurrent magnetic field monitoring to improve image quality and temporal stability of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
In 2014, she then moved to Brisbane to pursue a PhD at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, The University of Queensland. During her PhD, she investigated contrast mechanisms and signal properties of fMRI focusing on ultra-high field applications. As a postdoctoral research fellow, she joined the Martinos Center for Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, US in 2019, where she employed ultra-high field MRI to image the blood vessels of the human brain, and better understand their contribution to the fMRI signal.
Since 2020, she is developing new models of fMRI signal mechanisms and combining them with the unique data acquired at the ultra-high field human and animal MRI systems at UQ.