Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Senior Lecturer in Physics of CMR







Guy Scadding BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus





Sonia Nielles-Vallespin is a Senior Lecturer of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance physics at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. With over 17 years experience in MRI research, Dr Nielles-Vallespin has worked in academia, industry, and government research settings, in Germany, United Kingdom and USA.


Her research interests lie in CMR, specifically in vivo Diffusion Tensor CMR (DT-CMR) to study the microstructural dynamics of cardiac contraction. In vivo DT-CMR offers huge potential for technical innovation and it may provide novel insights into microstructural abnormalities of regional cardiac function inaccessible by any currently available clinical test.


Dr Nielles-Vallespin has served on many scientific program committees and is currently the Chair of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Cardiac Working Group. She regularly lectures at the ISMRM and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) meetings.


Dr Nielles-Vallespin is active in postgraduate teaching and supervision at Imperial and teaches regularly at international conferences.



Huo Z, Wen K, Luo Y, et al., 2024, Referenceless Nyquist ghost correction outperforms standard navigator-based method and improves efficiency of in vivo diffusion tensor cardiovascular magnetic resonance, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, ISSN:0740-3194

Roehl M, Conway M, Ghonim S, et al., 2024, STEAM-SASHA: A novel approach for blood and fat suppressed native T1 measurement in the right ventricular myocardium, Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine, ISSN:0968-5243

Gatehouse PD, Captur G, Nielles-Vallespin S, et al., 2023, Field camera input to virtual phantom (ViP) scanner acquisitions for quality assurance of derived MRI quantities: first implementation and proof-of-principle., Magma

Pan Y, Varghese J, Tong MS, et al., 2023, Two-center validation of Pilot Tone based cardiac triggering of a comprehensive cardiovascular magnetic resonance examination., Int J Cardiovasc Imaging

Zheng Y, Chan WX, Nielles-Vallespin S, et al., 2023, Effects of myocardial sheetlet sliding on left ventricular function, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Vol:22, ISSN:1617-7940, Pages:1313-1332

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