Julia Schnabel

Associate Professor, Fellow of St Hilda's College

Julia SchnabelI am an Associate Professor in Engineering Science at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, and a Fellow in Engineering at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

I originally studied Informatik (Computer Science) at the Technical University of Berlin. This is when I became interested in biomedical image analysis, as I did my MSc thesis in that field which led to my first international conference publication, which inspired me to pursue a PhD in medical image analysis. I consequently did a PhD at the Department of Computer Science at University College London, where I continued to work as a PostDoc. I was then offered a one-year PostDoc position in the Netherlands at the Image Sciences Institute in Utrecht, thanks to the international contacts I had built up from presenting at international conferences and visiting various research labs. I returned to London as a PostDoc in the Imaging Sciences Division at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London. During that time period, I had two children and associated career breaks, but was able to rejoin my research group at the newly opened Centre for Medical Image Computing at University College London. This completed my circle, until a unique opportunity at Oxford arose for a dedicated lectureship in medical imaging.

I arrived at Oxford at a very exciting time, coinciding with the opening of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and two large funding opportunities, which allowed me to set up and establish my research group within the Biomedical Image Analysis Lab. I currently supervise 4 PostDocs and 5 DPhil students (with 7 further DPhil students at or near completion). Since starting at Oxford, my h-index has doubled, with now over 150 publications, and I have become Associate Editor and Editorial Board member at the two major journals and am involved in the peer-review process of the major international conferences in the field. At College level, I was the first Fellow in Engineering, which was at the time when St. Hilda’s had just become mixed in order to be able to recruit and admit men.