Short Biography

PD Habib Zaidi, Ph.D

Dr. Habib Zaidi is senior physicist and head of the PET Instrumentation & Neuroimaging Laboratory at Geneva University Hospital. He received a Ph.D. in medical physics from Geneva University for a dissertation on Monte Carlo modelling and scatter correction in positron emission tomography. His academic accomplishments in the area of quantitative PET imaging have been well recognized by the Medical School of Geneva University, which elected him to become faculty member as Privat-Docent. Dr. Zaidi is actively involved in developing imaging solutions for cutting-edge biomedical research and clinical diagnosis in addition to lecturing graduate and postgraduate courses on medical physics and medical imaging. His research centre on modelling nuclear medical imaging systems using the Monte Carlo method, dosimetry, image correction, reconstruction and quantification techniques in emission tomography as well as statistical image analysis in functional brain imaging, and more recently on novel design of dedicated high-resolution PET scanners in collaboration within the Computed Imaging for Medical Applications (CIMA) collaboration hosted by CERN. He was guest editor for a special issue of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine dedicated to medical image segmentation and serve as associate editor for Medical Physics and the International Journal of Biomedical Imaging. He is also member of the editorial board of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine and the International Journal of Nuclear Medicine, regional Editor for Electronic Medical Physics News, a publication of the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), and scientific reviewer for leading journals in medical physics, nuclear medicine and scientific computing. He is senior member of the IEEE and member of the professional relations committee of the IOMP in addition to being affiliated to several International medical physics and nuclear medicine organisations. He is involved in the evaluation of research proposals for European and International granting organisations and participates in the organisation of International symposia and top conferences as member of scientific committees. He is recipient of many awards and distinctions among which the prestigious 2003 Young Investigator Medical Imaging Science Award given by the Nuclear Medical and Imaging Sciences Technical Committee (NMISTC) of the IEEE to a young investigator in recognition of significant and innovative technical contributions to the field of medical imaging science and the 2004 Mark Tetalman Memorial Award given by the Society of Nuclear Medicine based on research accomplishments, teaching, clinical service, administration; service to the Society and a commitment to academic nuclear medicine. Dr. Zaidi has been an invited speaker of many keynote lectures at an International level, has authored over 120 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters and is the editor of two textbooks on therapeutic applications of Monte Carlo calculations in nuclear medicine and quantitative analysis in nuclear medicine imaging.