Marie-Claude Asselin, PhD


  • Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, 27 Palatine Road, Withington

    M20 3LJ Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Work experience

2008 - present: Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Imaging The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

2006 - 2008: Senior PET Methodologist The University of Manchester Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, Manchester, UK

2001 - 2006: Mathematical Modeller Hammersmith Imanet Ltd. (part of GE HealthCare 2004-2011), London, UK


2004: Ph.D. awarded

1997 - 2001: Ph.D. work in Medical Physics (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

Thesis: Image-Derived Plasma Input Function for Positron Emission Tomography(PET) / [F-18]6-Fluoro-m-L-Tyrosine(FmT) Brain Studies

1995 - 1997: M.Sc. in Medical Physics (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada) 

Thesis: Study of the Precision and Accuracy of the Multiple-Frequency Bioimpedance Method for Assessing Hydration Status in Humans

1991 - 1994: B.Sc. in Physics (University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada)

(awarded Fernand-Séguin Medal in Physics for the student who finished first of her graduating class at University of Sherbrooke)

Research interests

Academic role

  • To supervise graduate non-clinical and clinical students in image analysis.
  • To develop, implement, evaluate and publish novel quantitative methods of PET data analysis for Oncology and Neuroscience.
  • To foster internal and external collaborations and attract funding for methodological and clinical imaging projects.

Research topics

  • Pharmacokinetic modelling of dynamic PET studies
  • Image-derived input functions
  • Partial volume correction
  • Tumour heterogeneity


Co-director of MSc in Medical Imaging Science

I lecture in the following course units: 

  • Radioisotope Imaging
  • Advanced PET Imaging
  • Scientific Skills - Pharmacology for Imaging

External examiner for the Neuroimaging module, part of the distance learning MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health offered at King's College London

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Modelling

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dementia@Manchester
  • Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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