dr.ir. R.G.P. (Richard) Lopata - Expertises
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Richard Godfried Paulus Lopata was born in Oosterhout, the Netherlands (27-02-1980). He received his Atheneum diploma (cum laude) at the Monsieur Frencken College, Oosterhout, The Netherlands, in 1998. He chose to study BioMedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He received his M.Sc. degree in BioMedical Engineering in 2004 with the judicium ‘With Great Appreciation’ after defending his Master thesis on Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MR Imaging and Pharmacokinetic Modeling of Tumor Perfusion, under supervision of prof. dr. ir. P.P.J. van den Bosch and dr. ir. N.A.W. van Riel. Part of this research was performed at the MRI Institute and Wayne State University in Detroit MI, USA, under supervision of prof. E.M. Haacke. In november 2004, Richard started work on his PhD project, entitled “3D Functional Imaging of the Heart” at the Clinical Physics Laboratory of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre under the supervision of dr. ir. C.L. de Korte and prof. dr. ir. J.M. Thijssen. The work was, or had to be, finished in november 2009 after five enjoyable and fruitfull years. In this period, he has (co-)authored over ten peer-reviewed papers and won several awards at one national and several international conferences. Richard has returned to ‘the old nest’ (Dutch proverb) and was appointed in a post- doc project at the Department of BioMedical Engineering, now residing at both the Eindhoven University of Technology and Maastricht University. The main focus of this project will be the measurement of the mechanical properties of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA, or ‘Triple A’) by means of multi-modality imaging and medical image analysis. Richard’s research interests include strain imaging, elastography, 2D & 3D ultrasound, medical image analysis, muscle dynamics, and cardiovascular disease. Other topics of interest are MRI, signal processing, biological modeling and identifiability analysis.