dr.ir. R.G.P. (Richard) Lopata - Expertise
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Richard Lopata is an Associate Professor at the TU/e research group Cardiovascular Biomechanics (department of Biomedical Engineering) where he leads the PULS/e lab for ultrasound functional imaging, photoacoustics and image-based modeling. The PULS/e lab facilitates research on technology development and applied science (in particular ultrasound-based biomechanical modeling for improved clinical decision making).
In his research, Richard Lopata aims amongst others at the ultrasonic characterization of vulnerable plaques. A patient-specific biomechanical model of the plaque may help to better assess rupture risk, and ultrasound has the ability to provide highly detailed information on plaque geometry and distensibility. A second research line concerns the development and testing of 2-D and 3-D ultrasound imaging techniques for the assessment of cardiac function. The focus here is on algorithms and methods that process the (raw) ultrasound data to produce measurements that are needed in the clinic, and on methods to validate these measurements. In a third research line, the focus is on measuring tissue perfusion for diagnosis and treatment monitoring in numerous diseases. This concerns examination of the feasibility of Photo-acoustic (PA) imaging as a tool for quantitative measurements on tissue perfusion, using Power Doppler (PD) ultrasound as a benchmark. The second track of this study is the assessment of skeletal muscle perfusion during exercise, also using PD ultrasound.
Richard Lopata studied BioMedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) and received his MSc in 2004 with the judicium ‘With Great Appreciation’. From 2004-2009, Richard performed PhD research at the Clinical Physics Laboratory of Radboudumc (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), resulting in his PhD thesis on '2D and 3D Ultrasound Strain Imaging'. The following two years,he was a postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University Medical Center (The Netherlands). From 2012-2016, he was assistant professor at TU/e and in January 2017, he was appointed associate professor. He works at the TU/e research group for Cardiovascular Biomechanics (department of Biomedical Engineering), where he heads the PULS/e lab for ultrasound imaging and photoacoustics.