Dr. Marie-Christine Andree Zdora


Translational X-ray imaging adjunct scientist

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI


Marie-Christine completed a Bachelor of Physics (2011) and a Master of Physics (2014) at Technical University Munich (Germany), where she first started working on X-ray imaging during her Bachelors project. She has always had great interest in both physics and medicine and hence decided to also complete a Master of Medical Physics (2013) at the University of Sydney (Australia). Following her studies in Germany and Australia, she moved to Diamond Light Source (UK) to pursue a PhD project on “X-ray phase-contrast imaging using near-field speckles”. Marie was awarded her PhD from University College London (UK) in January 2020. Her PhD work has been recognised with several awards including the Springer Thesis Award (2020) and the Werner Meyer-Ilse Memorial Award (2018). She then worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton (UK) to develop her X-ray speckle-based imaging methods further. In 2021, she joined the Paul Scherrer Institut as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology (LMN), where she was working on the development of novel X-ray optics and on X-ray wavefront sensing. Since January 2022, Marie is a member of the X-ray Tomography Group of Prof. Marco Stampanoni, where she is able to combine her interests in physics and medicine. In her role as translational X-ray imaging adjunct scientistshe works on X-ray phase-contrast and dark-field imaging with a focus on the further development of these techniques towards their clinical translation.

To date, Marie has authored 38 papers and conference proceedings as well as a book. She has been an invited speaker at 22 international conferences, seminars and meetings in 8 different countries.


Please see Marie's Google Scholar Author PageORCID ID and Scopus Page for a complete list of publications.

Selected publications

M.-C. Zdora, P. Thibault, T. Zhou, F. J. Koch, J. Romell, S. Sala, A. Last, C. Rau & I. Zanette (2017), X-ray Phase-Contrast Imaging and Metrology through Unified Modulated Pattern Analysis, Physical Review Letters 118(20), 203903, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.203903

M.-C. Zdora, P. Thibault, W. Kuo, V. Fernandez, H. Deyhle, J. Vila-Comamala, M. P. Olbinado, A. Rack, P. M. Lackie, O. L. Katsamenis, M. J. Lawson, V. Kurtcuoglu, C. Rau, F. Pfeiffer & I. Zanette (2020), X-ray phase tomography with near-field speckles for three-dimensional virtual histology, Optica 7 (9), 1221-1227, doi:10.1364/OPTICA.399421

M.-C. Zdora (2018), State of the Art of X-ray Speckle-Based Phase-Contrast and Dark-Field Imaging, Journal of Imaging 4(5), 60, doi:10.3390/jimaging4050060

I. Zanette, T. Zhou, A. Burvall, U. Lundström, D. H. Larsson, M.-C. Zdora, P. Thibault, F. Pfeiffer & H. M. Hertz (2014), Speckle-Based X-Ray Phase-Contrast and Dark-Field Imaging with a Laboratory Source, Physical Review Letters 112(25), 253903, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.253903

I. Zanette, M.-C. Zdora, T. Zhou, A. Burvall, D. H. Larsson, P. Thibault, H. M. Hertz & F. Pfeiffer (2015), X-ray microtomography using correlation of near-field speckles for material characterization, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(41), 12569-12573, doi:10.1073/pnas.1502828112

M.-C. Zdora, I. Zanette, T. Walker, N. W. Phillips, R. Smith, H. Deyhle, S. Ahmed & P. Thibault (2020), X-ray phase imaging with the unified modulated pattern analysis of near-field speckles at a laboratory source, Applied Optics 59(8), 2270- 2275, doi:10.1364/AO.384531

T. Zhou, I. Zanette, M.-C. Zdora, U. Lundström, D. H. Larsson, H. M. Hertz, F. Pfeiffer & A. Burvall (2015), Speckle-based x-ray phase-contrast imaging with a laboratory source and the scanning technique, Optics Letters 40(12), 2822- 2825, doi:10.1364/OL.40.002822

M.-C. Zdora, I. Zanette, T. Zhou, F. J. Koch, J. Romell, S. Sala, A. Last, Y. Ohishi, N. Hirao, C. Rau & P. Thibault (2018), At-wavelength optics characterisation via X-ray speckle- and grating-based unified modulated pattern analysis, Optics Express 26(4), 4989-5004, doi:10.1364/OE.26.004989

M.-C. Zdora, P. Thibault, F. Pfeiffer & I. Zanette (2015), Simulations of x-ray speckle-based dark-field and phase-contrast imaging with a polychromatic beam, Journal of Applied Physics 118(11), 113105, doi:10.1063/1.4931145

M.-C. Zdora, J. Vila-Comamala, G. Schulz, A. Khimchenko, A. Hipp, A. C. Cook, D. Dilg, C. David, C. Grünzweig, C. Rau, P. Thibault & I. Zanette (2017), X-ray phase microtomography with a single grating for high-throughput investigations of biological tissueBiomedical Optics Express 8(2), 1257-1270, doi:10.1364/BOE.8.001257