Dr Chantal Tax

Research Fellow

Research group:
029 208 77410
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

My research focuses on image processing and biomedical modelling of  magnetic resonance imaging data (MRI), with a focus on diffusion MRI data of the in-vivo human brain. I am interested in optimising different aspects of the preprocessing and analysis pipeline, as well as applying differential geometric methods to diffusion MRI data. My research in CUBRIC has been primarily focussed on extracting new information from multidimensional data acquired with the ultra-strong gradient Connectom scanner, and on combining diffusion MRI with relaxometry.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

Combination of  relaxometric measurements with diffusion imaging data
Exploring the extended measurement space accessible with ultra-strong gradients
Integration of artefact detection and mitigation in diffusion MRI through robust estimation
Applying differential geometric frameworks in diffusion MRI data


Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research – Postdoctoral fellowship (2017-2019)
Marina van Damme Grant (2015)

Research group


Research collaborators

Prof. Derek Jones

Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

Undergraduate education

2006-2009: B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering (graduated With Great Appreciation)
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

2010-2012: B.Sc. Applied Physics (passed 8 courses, 28 ECTS)
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Postgraduate education

2009-2012: M.Sc. Medical Engineering (graduated Cum Laude)
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

2010-2012: Certificate Technological Management (graduated)
Eindhoven University of Technology,The Netherlands

2012-2016: Ph.D. Medical Imaging (graduated Cum Laude)
Utrecht University, The Netherlands


08/2017 – present:                  Research Fellow
Cardiff University, School of Psychology, Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (Cardiff UK)

09/2016 – 08/2017:                 Research Associate
Cardiff University, School of Psychology, Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (Cardiff UK)

03/2012 – 09/2016:                 PhD candidate
University Medical Center Utrecht, Image Sciences Institute, PROVIDI-lab (Utrecht The Netherlands)

07/2015 – 12/2015:                 Visiting PhD candidate
Harvard Medical School, Laboratory of Mathematics in Imaging (LMI) (Boston USA)

06/2014 – 09/2014:                 Visiting PhD candidate
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab (SCIL) (Sherbrooke Canada)

09/2010 – 03/2012:                 Master Student
Eindhoven University of Technology, BioMedical Image Analyisis (BMIA) Group / Kempenhaeghe Epileptology and Sleep Medicine Expertise Center (Eindhoven The Netherlands)

05/2010 – 08/2010:                 Visiting Master student
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Department of Clinical Neurophysiology (Sydney Australia)


  • Best PhD thesis award, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus (2017)
  • Cum Laude PhD thesis award, Girard de Mielet-van Coehoorn Stichting (2017)
  • Best PhD thesis award, Utrecht University ImagO Graduate School (2017)
  • ISMRM Junior Fellow (2016)
  • MRM Distinguished Reviewer (2016, 2017)
  • ISMRM Magna Cum Laude Merit Award (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Best Research Contribution in Bio-imaging – BASP Frontiers Workshop (2015)
  • Best first article award, Utrecht University ImagO Graduate School (2013)
  • Best presentation award,Utrecht University ImagO Graduate School  (2013)
  • Best MSc thesis award, Eindhoven University of Technology, faculty of BioMedical Engineering (2012)
  • IMDI Talent prize, IMDI symposium (2012)
  • Best ASCI paper award, ICT.OPEN (2012)

Travel stipends

  • ISMRM Junior Fellow Educational Stipend Award, (2016)
  • ISMRM Educational Stipend Award (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • ISMRM Travel Award for the ISMRM Diffusion workshop (2013)

Committee membership and associated activities

MICCAI  Computational Diffusion MRI (CDMRI) Workshop Organising Committee (2016 – present)
MICCAI Diffusion MRI data Harmonisation Challenge (2016 – present)
KNAW Faces of Science (2014 - present)
ISMRM Session moderator (2015, 2017)
ISMRM Benelux Chapter Meeting Organising Committee (2014 – 2015)
Chair of the Medical Imaging Symposium for PhD Students (MISP, 2013)