Prof. Dr. Jessica Bastiaansen

Jessica Bastiaansen is an Assistant Professor (SNSF Eccellenza Fellow) at the University of Bern, hosted by the Department of Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology (DIPR). She is also affiliated with the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering.

She and her group focus on innovating MRI through the development of novel approaches for off-resonance encoding and decoding. This enables the untanglement of multi-compartment signal sources, the generation of artifact-free images, and the universal dissemination across field strengths. The ultimate goal is to derive novel biomarkers of disease, and to advance our understanding of how diseases work to improve their diagnosis and therapy.

She secured three patents on MRI technology, ~2.7M CHF in research funding, and has vast experience with imaging at a wide range of magnetic fields, both at pre-clinical (3T, 9.4T, 11.7T, and 14T) and clinical (1.5T, 3T, 7T) systems at different international research sites. She obtained degrees and scholarships from the California Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

She believes in open science, collaborative work, and a close link with industry to facilitate the global translation of novel imaging tools. One of her patented MRI technologies, based on an off-resonance lipid-insensitive imaging technique (LIBRE), has been installed at multiple clinical sites in close collaboration with Siemens Healthineers.

In 2019 she was selected as a Junior Fellow of the ISMRM, a distinction as a researcher of outstanding quality and promise, and for her contributions to the field and to the international society. She is actively engaged in the MRI community and in 2020 she initiated plans to create the Swiss Chapter of the ISMRM. This will form new and reinforce existing national collaborations. Stay tuned!

Besides research she is a mentor of high school students to promote the advancement of women in STEM fields in Switzerland. This exciting program called Swiss Tec Ladies is part of Swiss Academy of Technical Science.

Check our research and project pages for more info.

Member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee of the ISMRM
Junior Fellow of the ISMRM
Fellow of the SCMR

Freiburgstrasse 3
3010 Bern, Switzerland
Email: jessica.bastiaansen at

(2021 – now) SNSF Eccellenza Fellow
(2017-2021) SNSF Ambizione Fellow
(2014-2017) Postdoctoral Fellow at CHUV
(2013) PhD in Physics EPFL
(2009) MSc in Biomedical Engineering at TU Eindhoven and CALTECH