Dr. Sonia Pujol is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and a research scientist at the Surgical Planning Laboratory at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Her research focuses on the development and validation of brain mapping technology for neurosurgical intervention which includes 3D exploration of white matter architecture using Diffusion MRI for brain tumor surgery planning and tractography reconstructions of white matter fibers in the basal ganglia for Deep Brain stimulation (DBS) and MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) intervention. She is leading the DTI Challenge effort to evaluate the capabilities and limitations of DTI tractography methods for neurosurgical decision making. The project has brought together an international working group of world-leading neurosurgeons and tractography teams to define the standards for the use of diffusion MRI tractography in neurosurgery.
Dr. Pujol is actively involved in teaching and technology transfer. She is the Director of Training and Education of the 3D Slicer open-source platform for medical research. Over the past 16 years at Harvard Medical School, she has developed a training methodology that enables clinical researchers from a broad range of disciplines including neurosurgery, radiology, biomedical engineering and computer science to learn and apply cutting-edge medical image computing and 3D visualization techniques to solve clinical problems. Dr. Pujol serves as Director of Training and Dissemination of the Neuroimaging Analysis Center (NAC) a large-scale consortia supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the past decade, she has designed and delivered more than 150 training workshops to national universities, international institutions in North America, Europe and Asia and all major international conferences in medical imaging including the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the Medical Image Computing and Computer Intervention (MICCAI). Dr. Pujol has trained over 3,500 clinicians, scientists and clinical researchers around the world, and she has been invited to teach at all major national universities in the U.S, which include MIT, UCLA, UCSF, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, UNC, USC, Dartmouth and Brown University.
In addition to her training responsibilities, Dr. Pujol also serves as course instructor in Anatomy in the Foundations of Medicine course at Harvard Medical School, course instructor in Medical Image Computing in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and as lecturer in research methodology and artificial intelligence in the Radiology Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Pujol graduated with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and a post-graduate degree in Functional Materials and Nanophysics from the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. During her PhD thesis work, she developed a prototype navigation system for computer-assisted endovascular surgery of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Dr. Pujol holds a M.Sc. in Physics and a M.S.Eng in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Grenoble and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble, which she integrated after completing the French preparatory classes to national competitive exams at the lycee Pierre de Fermat in Toulouse, France.
E-mail: spujol at bwh.harvard.edu