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Team Members

Craniofacial
Growth and Form

Hôpital Universitaire
Necker Enfants-Malades

Team leader

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Roman Hossein Khonsari

Roman is a consultant maxillofacial surgeon at Necker - Enfants Malades Hospital in the departmet of Pr. Arnaud Picard, and professor of surgery at the Medical School of University of Paris. He is an alumni of the Ecole normale supérieure (E/S 98), graduated from Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie and was trained as a surgeon in Nantes in the former department of Pr. Jean Delaire. He obtained a PhD in craniofacial development from King's College London under the supervision of Pr. Paul Sharpe. He is specialized in the surgical management of craniofacial malformations and works with Dr Eric Arnaud, one of the pioneers of this field. Roman is also medical director of the Health Data Hub, the central French medical database, and visiting professor in mechanical engineering at University College London, where he works with Pr. Mehran Moazen on craniofacial growth modeling.

Post-doctoral fellow

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Hugo Dutel

Clinical associate

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Sandro Benichi

Sandro is a consultant pediatric neurosurgeon at Necker - Enfants Malades Hospital.

Post-doctoral fellow

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Maxime Taverne

Maxime works on the growth of the cranio-cervical junction and builds anatomical models of this anatomical region. He received his PhD at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris where he worked on the biomechanics of the skull and lower jaw. Maxime's work will considerably improve the management of children with syndromic craniosynostoses. Maxime is funded by the Mairie de Paris - dispositif Emergence(s).

Clinical associate

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Giovanna Paternoster

Giovanna is a consultant pediatric neurosurgeon at Necker - Enfants Malades Hospital. She was trained in Rome in the prestigious department of Pr. Concezio di Rocco. Giovanna is specialized in the management of children with craniosynostosis and has special interests in hydrocephalus and cranio-cervical joint anomalies.

Data Scientist Engineer

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Thomas Bongibault

Thomas is an AI engineer from ESME Sudria. During his internship and still today, he works on the AIDY project under the supervision of PhD student Quentin Hennocq, Pr. Khonsari and Nicolas Garcelon, head data manager at Imagine Institute. Thomas works on
AI-based methods for the detection and automatic classification of craniofacial malformations (especially on external ears) within our large clinical 2D-photography database.

PhD student

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Quentin Hennocq

Quentin is a maxillofacial surgeon currently involved in a 3-year PhD program under the supervision of Mr Khonsari and Nicolas Garcelon, head data manager at Imagine Institute. Quentin works on AI-based methods to assess craniofacial malformations on 2D pictures from the very large clinical photography database of Necker - Enfants Malades Hospital. He works in close collaboration with the AIDY project (Dr Marlène Rio, Department of Medical Genetics). Quentin is funded by the CRI - Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires.

PhD student

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Maya Geoffroy

Maya is a mechanical engineer from EPF Ecole d’ingénieur-e-s. She is currently a PhD student co-supervised by Pr. Khonsari and Pr. Sébastien Laporte, head of the Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak at Arts et Métiers Sciences et technologies. Maya's PhD is funded by the Parisian start-up BONE 3D, where she works with mechanical engineer Pierre-Marc François. Maya develops various skull growth models of single-suture craniosynostoses. The work of Maya will ultimately lead to the development of automated methods of surgical planning in craniofacial surgery, and more precisely in forehead remodeling.

PhD student

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Anne Morice

Anne is an assistant professor in the maxillofacial surgery unit of Necker - Enfants Malades Hospital where she focuses on cleft repair. She is currently a PhD student under the co-supervision of Mr Khonsari and Laurence Legeai-Mallet, PI at Imagine Institute. Anne works on bone regeneration in mouse models with FGFR mutations and uses geometric morphometric tools to assess mandibular shape. The first results of her PhD have recently been published in Bone.

MSc student

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Laura Laliève

Laura is an engineering student at ESME-Sudria. She worked for 4 months in the lab in 2020 and contributed to the settlement of the 3D printing facility. She also worked hard for the large 3D printing project launched by AP-HP during the first wave of the pandemic. She returned in 2022 to work on the craniocervical hinge. 

MSc student

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Angèle Ganet

Angèle is an engineering student at Sup'Biotech and ESME Sudria. She joined the laboratory in March 2022. Her work consists in modelling the growth and biomechanics of the craniovertebral junction (CVJ)  in children aged 0 to 18.

MSc Student

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Victor Akpaloo

Laura is an engineering student at ESME-Sudria. She worked for 4 months in the lab in 2020 and contributed to the settlement of the 3D printing facility. She also worked hard for the large 3D printing project launched by AP-HP during the first wave of the pandemic. She returned in 2022 to work on the craniocervical hinge. 

Laura is an engineering student at ESME-Sudria. She worked for 4 months in the lab in 2020 and contributed to the settlement of the 3D printing facility. She also worked hard for the large 3D printing project launched by AP-HP during the first wave of the pandemic. She returned in 2022 to work on the craniocervical hinge. 

Victor is a masters student of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Paris. He received his Bachelor's degree also in Biomedical Engineeging from KNUST, Ghana. His general interest is in the field of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. He joined the lab in April of 2022 and works on a project that seeks to study the ontogenic characteristics of temporal muscles to give informed interpretations to cranofacial malformations.

MSc Student

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Thomas McClymont

Tom is a master's student at Université Paris Cité (formerly Université de Paris) studying Biomedical Engineering. In April, he arrived at the lab and is working on developing a mobile diagnostic application for cranial deformities, specifically Positional Plagiocephaly. The application will communicate between parents and clinicians, using the collected data to build a database for future AI-based diagnostic tools.

MSc Student

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Claire Ginoux

Claire is a student engineer in biomechanics and medical robotics at ESME Sudria. She joined the laboratory in April 2022 for his end-of-studies internship. Her project consists in the realization of a biomechanical model of the masticatory muscles in children from 0 to 2 years old and to study the relations between these muscles and the shape of the skull.

MSc Student

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Inès Mehdaoui

Inès will start her internship in May 2022. She is a student engineer in biomedical and health engineering in her second year at EPISEN of the University of Paris Est Créteil. She is working on the multiple sclerosis project with Théodore Soulier at La Pitié Salpétrière (brain institute). Her mission is to create a database by analysing slides of patients suffering from concentric sclerosis of Balo by image processing in order to use these data with a mathematical model allowing the prediction of the growth of multiple sclerosis.

MSc Student

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Francois-Gael Djate

François is an engineering student from ESME Sudria, who joined the lab for his end-of-studies internship. His mission is to contribute to some aspects of AIDY project, under the supervision of PhD student Quentin Hennocq, Nicolas Garcelon head data manager at Imagine institute and Pr. Khonsari. He is working on texture based visual descriptors for classification and detection of facial dysmorphisms from 2D photographs representing patients’ face, profiles, and ears. 

MSc Student

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Brenda Dufaud-Virginie

Brenda is a student engineer in
Bac +4 at ESME Sudria specialized in Biotech & Digital. She will join the laboratory for a 3-month internship in June 2022 and her mission will be to geometrically model the temporomandibular joint between 0 and 2 years of life from scanner images.

Medical Illustrator student

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Emma Blanc-Tailleur

Emma arrived at the laboratory in February 2022. She is a student at the Estienne school in Paris where she is specialised in scientific and medical illustration. Her expertise allows her to translate complex medical concepts in an efficient and attractive way. It is through didactic and pedagogical illustrations that she uses her skills in the laboratory. 

Former MSc student

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Kevin Bloch

Kevin is a maxillofacial surgeon who worked for a year from Nov. 2019 to Nov. 2020 in the lab as a MSc student. Kevin contributed to the design of a growth model for trigonocephaly. His work was co-supervised by Mr Khonsari and Sébastien Laporte, and has supported the PhD project of Maya Geoffroy.

Former MSc student

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Alexandre Amiot

Alexandre is an engineer from ISEP. He is currently involved in an MSc program (Ingénierie de la Santé, parcours Bio-Imaging) at University of Paris. Alexandre is co-supervised by Mr Khonsari and Pierre-Marc François from BONE 3D. Alexandre works on AI-based segmentation methods for Black Bone MRI images. His work wil contribute to the PhD of Maya Geoffroy.

Former MSc student

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Marine Cheval

Marine is a maxillofacial surgeon from Toulouse University Hospital. She is currently involved in an MSc project exploring the morphogenesis of the external ear cartilage using mouse synchrotron microtomography and transparentized human embryos. She works with Alain Chédotal at Institut de la Vision in Paris and Abigail Tucker from King's College London. Marine is funded by a joint grant Université de Paris / King's College London.

Former MSc student

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Meryem Abbad Andaloussi

Meryem is an engineer from ENSEIRB-MATMECA. She is currently involved in an MSc program (Biomécanique) at Arts et Métiers ParisTech under the supervision of Pr. Sébastien Laporte. She works with PhD student Maya Geoffroy for the conception of FEA models of skull growth in single-suture craniosynostoses.

Former MSc Student

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Jeanne L'Helgouach

Jeanne is a mechanical engineering student at ENSTA. She worked for 4 months in the lab in 2020 and used Deformetrica to assess skull vault anomalies in intentional deformations.

Former BSc student

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Céleste de la Fouchardière

Céleste is an MSc student (Biology - Health) engaged in an MD-PhD program at the University of Poitiers. Céleste is part of the craniofacial malformations and AI-based methods research team, with PhD student Quentin Hennocq.

Former BSc student

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Thomas Dai Pra

Thomas is an MSc student (Biology - Health) engaged in an MD-PhD program at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Paris Ouest). Thomas is part of the craniofacial malformations and AI-based methods research team, with PhD student Quentin Hennocq.

Former BSc student

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Matthieu Bizière

Matthieu is an engineer from EPF. His MSc is co-supervised by Mr Khonsari and PhD student Quentin Hennocq. Matthieu works on the automatic classification of profile picture within our large clinical photography database and on the detection of external ear malformations.

Former BSc students

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Paul Fourdrinoy - Eva Martin Nathanaël Lahary

Paul Fourdrinoy is an engineer from EPF. He participated at the segmentation of the MRI Black Bone on craniostenosis to update the current database which is used by Maya Geoffroy and Alexandre Amiot.

Former BSc student

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Lorine Rodrigues

Lorine is an MSc student (Biologie - Santé) involved in an MD-PhD program at Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Paris Ouest). Lorine works on AI-based methods for the diagnosis of ear malformations, with PhD student Quentin Hennocq.

Former BSc student

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Ombline Delassus

Former BSc students

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Samy Collet - Matthieu Gros
Laëtitia Hoang

Samy and Matthieu are engineering students at Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Laëtitia is an engineering student at EPF. They spent three months in the lab during the summer 2020 segmenting Black Bone MRI images in order to augment our database and prepare AI-based segmentation approaches.

Former BSc Student

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Janany Kamalanadhan

Former BSc Students

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Ségolène Semilinko  - Linda Ek  Fliesberg - Gemma Carulla Tous

Former intern

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Gaelle Guillon

Gaelle is an engineer from ISIFC. She worked for 4 months in the lab in 2019 and investigated the reglementary issues related to medical 3D printing when we first started using the printers.