Research Fellow


Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre
Lilian Sutton Building
AB25 2ZD


Anca-Larisa Sandu is a graduate in Medical Bioengineering (1995-2001) from “Gr. T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania. She received a MSc in “Nonlinearity and Self-organization in Complex Systems” from ”Al.I.Cuza” University, Faculty of Physics in the same city (2001-2003). She completed her PhD with the dissertation “MRI measures of brain volume and cortical complexity in clinical groups and during development” under the direction of Prof. Kenneth Hugdahl, Bergen fMRI Group, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway (2004-2009). Thereafter she moved to France where she continued her research, as a post-doc, on brain imaging using also VBM and fMRI approaches in Research Unit INSERM – CEA 1000, Neuroimaging & Psychiatry, Paris Sud University (2009-2012). Since 2012 she has been with the University of Aberdeen, where she is a research fellow in Aberdeen Imaging Group.


Research Overview

Structural and functional MRI, brain imaging, developing quantitative neuroimaging methods, image processing and analysis, cognitive neuropsychology, mental disorders, brain development and ageing


Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Sandu-Giuraniuc teaches in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging MSc programmes, she is:

- the lead of Statistics module as part of BP5003 and BP5512

- the tutor presenting the Maths for Imaging tutorial as part of BP5011 and BP5511

- presenting a lecture Brain Metrics extracted through advanced image processing as part of BP5505 and BP5905


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  • Hair glucocorticoids are associated with childhood adversity, depressive symptoms and reduced global and lobar grey matter in Generation Scotland

    Green, C., Stolicyn, A., Harris, M. A., Shen, X., Romaniuk, L., Barbu, M. C., Hawkins, E. L., Wardlaw, J. M., Steele, J. D., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A., Campbell, A., Porteous, D. J., Seckl, J. R., Lawrie, S. M., Reynolds, R. M., Cavanagh, J., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C.
    Translational Psychiatry, vol. 11, no. 1
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spectral Clustering Based on Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging and its Relationship with Major Depressive Disorder and Cognitive Ability

    Yeung, H. W., Shen, X., Stolicyn, A., De Nooij, L., Harris, M. A., Romaniuk, L., Buchanan, C. R., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A., McNeil, C. J., Murray, A., Steele, J. D., Campbell, A., Porteous, D., Lawrie, S. M., McIntosh, A. M., Cox, S. R., Smith, K. M., Whalley, H. C.
    European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 6281-6303
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Early life predictors of late life cerebral small vessel disease in four prospective cohort studies

    Backhouse, E. V., Shenkin, S. D., McIntosh, A. M., Bastin, M. E., Whalley, H. C., Valdez Hernandez, M., Muñoz Maniega, S., Harris, M. A., Stolicyn, A., Campbell, A., Steele, D., Steele, D., Waiter, G., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waymont, J. M. J., Murray, A., Cox, S. R., de Rooij, S., Roseboom, T. J., Wardlaw, J. M.
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A cross-cohort study: sexual dimorphism in the relationship between brain complexity & intelligence

    Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waiter, G., Nazlee, N., Habota, T., McNeil, C., Chapko, D., Williams, J. H., Fall, C., Chandak, G., Pene, S., Krishna, M., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Kumaran, K., Krishnaveni, G., Murray, A.
    Organization for Human Brain Mapping meeting
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
  • Structural brain correlates of serum and epigenetic markers of inflammation in major depressive disorder

    Green, C., Shen, X., Stevenson, A. J., Conole, E. L., Harris, M. A., Barbu, M. C., Hawkins, E. L., Adams, M. J., Hillary, R. F., Lawrie, S. M., Evans, K. L., Walker, R. M., Morris, S. W., Porteous, D. J., Wardlaw, J. M., Steele, J. D., Waiter, G. D., Sandu, A. L., Campbell, A., Marioni, R. E., Cox, S. R., Cavanagh, J., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C.
    Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, vol. 92, pp. 39-48
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cohort profile for the STratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinally (STRADL) study: A depression-focused investigation of Generation Scotland, using detailed clinical, cognitive, and neuroimaging assessments

    Habota, T., Sandu, A., Waiter, G. D., McNeil, C. J., Steele, J. D., Macfarlane, J. A., Whalley, H. C., Valentine, R., Younie, D., Crouch, N., Hawkins, E. L., Hirose, Y., Romaniuk, L., Milburn, K., Buchan, G., Coupar, T., Stirling, M., Baljit, J., MacLennan, B., Priba, L., Harris, M. A., Hafferty, J. D., Adams, M. J., Campbell, A. I., MacIntyre, D. J., Pattie, A., Murphy, L., Reynolds, R. M., Elliot, R., Penton-Voak, I. S., Munafò, M. R., Evans, K. L., Seckl, J. R., Wardlaw, J. M., Lawrie, S. M., Haley, C. S., Porteous, D. J., Deary, I. J., Murray, A. D., McIntosh, A. M.
    Wellcome open research, vol. 4, 185
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Blunted medial prefrontal cortico-limbic reward-related effective connectivity and depression

    Rupprechter, S., Romaniuk, L., Series, P., Hirose, T., Hawkins, E., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waiter, G. D., McNeil, C. J., Shen, X., Harris, M. A., Campbell, A., Porteous, D., Macfarlane, J. A., Lawrie, S. M., Murray, A. D., Delgado, M. R., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C., Steele, J. D.
    Brain, vol. 143, no. 6, pp. 1946-1956
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Motion during Acquisition is Associated with fMRI Brain Entropy

    de Vries, C., Staff, R. T., Waiter, G. D., Sokunbi, M. O., Sandu, A. L., Murray, A. D.
    IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 586-593
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Differences in brain functional connectivity networks between cognitive decliners and sustainers

    Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waiter, G. D., Habota, T., Younie, D. A., McNeil, C. J., McIntosh, A. M., Murray, A. D.
    SINAPSE Annual Scientific Meeting 2019
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
  • The Neurobiology of Personal Control During Reward Learning and Its Relationship to Mood

    Romaniuk, L., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Waiter, G. D., McNeil, C. J., Xueyi, S., Harris, M. A., Macfarlane, J. A., Lawrie, S. M., Deary, I. J., Murray, A. D., Delgardo, M. R., Steele, J. D., McIntosh, A. M., Whalley, H. C.
    Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 190-199
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


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