Dr Christian Kerskens

Dr Christian Kerskens

Christian Kerskens was conferred with his Masters in Physics in 1993 by the Institute of Nuclear Physics, University of Cologne. In 1997, he gained his Doctorate (again from the University of Cologne) on the strength of a thesis entitled 'Development of theoretical and experimental methods of measuring brain perfusion using NMR', Max-Planck-Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne (Dept. for Experimental Neurology, Prof. Hossmann). This period was followed by years of experience as an MR-Physicist in Europe before joining the Institute of Neuroscience in TCD as its lead physicist in 2005. His current research interests include an investigation of NMR contrast mechanism of functional brain activations and the underlying neurovascular coupling, mechanisms of diffusion contrast in NMR, modelling of flow and diffusion in biological systems, and physiological noise. Current work is also focused on direct detection of cell activation with NMR and the development of NMR methods for methodological improvements and in utilization to provide information of value in medical diagnosis and cognitive neuroscience.