Silvina Ferradal is a Ph.D. candidate in the Optical Radiology Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine. As a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, she develops non-invasive optical techniques for functional neuroimaging.
Neuroimaging technologies, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, have proven to be an important tool in a number of clinical situations. However, their use for higher risk populations including premature infants and intensive care patients is mainly limited by a lack of portability. Alternatively, optical methods such as Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT) can provide a portable tool for evaluating brain function.
Silvina’s current research is focused on DOT applications of functional connectivity in neonates, a powerful method that enables brain function assessment in the absence of tasks. She hopes that in the future this tool can provide bedside continuous brain function assessment for the early detection of neurological disorders associated with prematurity.
A native of Argentina, Silvina received her degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Rosario. After graduation, she worked for several years as a graduate research assistant at the same university focusing on image and signal processing problems. She was also previously awarded research scholarships by Universidad de Las Palmas, Spain and University of Geneva, Switzerland to support work on projects in the fields of biomedical signal processing and computer graphics.