Prof. Dr. A.G. Webb


Area(s) of interest

  • High field MRI and its clinical applications


Andrew Webb graduated from the University of Bristol with a bachelors degree in Chemistry and obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge. After a postdoc in the Department of Radiology at the University of Florida, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was appointed full professor in 2000, and worked for three years in the Department of Physics at the University of Wurzburg on a Humboldt Fellowship. In 2008 he was appointed to run the newly-formed C.J.Gorter Centre in the Department of Radiology at Leiden University Medical Center. His main research areas are RF design for high field MRI, and translation of new engineering concepts into the clinic supported by an ERC Advanced Grant. Recently his lab has moved into the area of sustainable open-source low field MRI for developing countries funded by the Simon Stevin Preis. In addition to over 300 peer-reviewed publications he has authored four academic text books on medical imaging and biomedical instrumentation. He is an Associate Editor for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and on the editorial board of several other MR journals. In 2020 he will be President of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology. Most meaningfully in 2010 he founded the Nadine Barrie Smith trust which supports four student fellowships per year for women in science and engineering. 

The mission of the Gorter Center is to develop new MRI techniques for high field clinical applications, both in humans and in animal models. Current areas of interest are neurodegenerative diseases, perfusion imaging, cardiac imaging and spectroscopy, localized spectroscopy in muscle, novel radiofrequency resonators and the development of new molecular imaging agents.

In his capacity of director of the Gorter Center, he is responsible for acquiring grants for the research proposals, managing these projects and for the scientific output of the laboratory. The Gorter Center has a scientific staff of approximately 20 researchers, including five tenured faculty.

Key Publications

  •  R.Schmidt and A.G.Webb, A metamaterial combining electric- and magnetic- dipole-based configurations for unique dual-band signal enhancement in ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9(40):34618-34624, 2017.
  •  E.A. Koemans,E S. van Etten, A.M. van Opstal, G. Labadie, G.M. Terwindt, M.J.H. Wermer, A. G. Webb, E. M. Gurol, S. M. Greenberg, M. A. van Buchem, J.van der Grond,, S. van Rooden, New hemorrhagic markers in Hereditary Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy measured by 7T MR-imaging, submitted to Radiology 2017

    M.Bulk, W.Breimer, L.van der Weerd, A.G.Webb, J.Goeman, M.Huber, T.H.Oosterkamp and L.Bossoni, Assessment of different molecular iron forms in the brain tissue of Alzheimer patients, Scientific Reports, in press, 2018.


    M.T. Hooijmans, N. Doorenweerd, C. Baligand,  J.J.G.M. Verschuuren, I. Ronen, E.H. Niks, A.G. Webb, H.E. Kan. Spatially localized phosphorous metabolism of skeletal muscle in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients: 24–month follow-up, PLoS One. 2017;12(8):e0182086.

    N.Doorenweerd, E.M.Dumas, E.Ghariq, S.Schmid, C.S.M. Straathof, A.A.W.Roest, B.H.Wokke, E.W. van Zwet, A.G.Webb, J.G.M.Hendriksen, M.A.van Buchem, J.J.G.M. Verschuuren, I.Aslani, E.H.Niks, M.J.P.van Osch, H.E. Kan, Decreased cerebral perfusion in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients, Neuromuscular Disorders, 27(1):29-37, 2017.

  •  L.Bossoni, L.Grand Moursel, M.Bulk, B.Simon, A.G.Webb, L.van der Weerd, M.Huber, P.Carretta, A.Lascialfari and T.Osterkamp, Human-brain ferritin studied by muon Spin Rotation: a pilot study, J.Condensed Matter Physics, 29(41):415801, 2017.


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