Laura Curiel

Assistant Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

PhD, Imaging and Systems

Master's of Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering, Electronic Systems

Contact information


Office : ICT439

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant:
Heather Hanley
Ph: 403-220-4872

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Mental Health

Research activities

My research work is centered in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) therapy. My research activities centre on developing tools for facilitating translation by providing pre-clinical and experimental platforms for HIFU. As a result, I am starting collaborative work projects to support clinical and pre-clinical MRI guided HIFU.

I also work on developing further site applications for HIFU therapy. This includes the investigation of bio-effects, design of new therapeutic devices and exploration of different monitoring tools for therapy in order to achieve the safest and most effective treatment result.

During previous research work I designed and tested new HIFU probes for prostate cancer, used modeling to improve clinical outcomes, and performed clinical evaluation of elastographic imaging techniques for HIFU treatment evaluation and lesion formation control.  

My research interest is the continuous improvement of HIFU as a therapeutic approach with the main goal of achieving opportune translation of research results. 




  • PhD Honours (Tres Honorable avec les Felicitations du Jury)
  • Finalist Prix Jeune Chercheur de la Region Rhone-Alpes, France and Best Oral Presentation Forum de Jeunes Chercheurs, Compiegne, France
  • Prix des amis de l'Universite de Lyon 1998, Master's Dissertation, Lyon, France
  • Academic excellence 1998, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico