Nicole Di Lascio

Dr. Nicole Di Lascio learned her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2011. She has worked at the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the National Research Council of Pisa in the field of innovative cardiovascular biomarkers from signal and image processing. She is currently a Ph.D student in Translational Medicine at the Institute of Life Sciences of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Her research interests and activities are mainly focused on ultrasound imaging. She deals with the development of new algorithms for the elaboration of ultrasound images. Her research activities include the characterization of pathological mouse models as well as the identification of innovative imaging biomarkers for clinical applications. Her Ph.D project is focussed on the plaque vulnerability assessment in a mouse model of carotid atherosclerosis. The aim of the project is to develop a predictive model providing an evaluation of the carotid lesion vulnerability for the identification of high-risk plaques: this model is obtained combining morphological, hemodynamic and functional information obtained post-processing high-frequency ultrasound images. She is currently a visiting researcher in the Diagnostic Image Analysis Group focusing on Deep Learning techniques for medical image analysis, under the supervision of Francesco Ciompi.