Ph.D. Electrical Engineering (McGill University)
IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow

Translational Medical Device Laboratory
National University of Ireland Galway

Dr. Santorelli was granted his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 2017. He also has an M.Eng. and a B.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, completed in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He has been with the Translational Medical Device Laboratory at National University of Ireland Galway since 2016, initially as a visiting researcher, and full-time as a postdoctoral researcher since 2017.

Dr. Santorelli’s current research is focused on novel medical applications of electromagnetic and electrical engineering technologies. His work is focused on the development of low-cost and compact non-invasive diagnostic devices to improve the accessibility to technology. His current work projects are focused on the development of a novel sensor to characterize and monitor changes in white blood cell count during chemotherapy, the analysis and classification of EIT data for bladder and brain trauma monitoring, and the study of the impact of various physiological processes on the dielectric properties
of blood.

Dr Santorelli has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal and international conference papers, is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), acting as a reviewer for several IEEE journals (TBME, TIM, TMTT, TMI), is a part of the MiMed TD1301 Cost Action (Accelerating the Technological, Clinical and Commercialisation Progress in the Area of Medical Microwave Imaging), and the EMF-MED BM1309 Cost Action (European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications).

  • Irish Research Council (IRC) – Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017
  • Ireland Canada University Foundation, James M. Flaherty Research Scholarship, 2016
  • Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FQRNT) [Research Fund of Quebec: Nature and Technologies
    • Bourses de doctorat en recherche (B2) [Doctoral Research Award], 2012 – 2015
  • McGill Engineering Doctoral Award (MEDA)
    • Vadasz Doctoral Fellowship, 2012 – 2015
  • IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, Best Student Paper Award, 2014
  • Graduate Research Mobility Awards (G.R.M.A.)
    • Travel award to attend training school on clinical trial design and management in Ireland, 2015
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (G.R.E.A.T.)
    • 5 awards for travel to international conferences (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • McGill Principal Graduate Fellowship, 2011
  • McGill Provost Graduate Fellowship, 2010

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

[1] E. Dunne, A. Santorelli, B. McGinley, G. Leader, M. O’Halloran, E. Porter, “Supervised Learning Classifiers for Electrical Impedance-based Bladder State Detection”, Scientific Reports, vol. 8, Article number: 5363, 2018. Read More

[2] S. Wheelan, K. Murphy, E. Barrett, C. Krusche, A. Santorelli, and D. Casey, “Factors Affecting the Acceptability of Social Robots by Older Adults, People with Dementia and Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Literature Review,” International Journal of Social Robotics, pp. 1-26, March 2018. Read More

[3] E. Porter, A. La Gioia, A. Santorelli, and M. O’Halloran, “Modelling of the Dielectric Properties of Biological Tissues within the Histology Region, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 3290-3301, Oct. 2017. Read More

[4] B. McDermott, E. Porter, A. Santorelli, B. Divilly, L. Morris, M. Jones, B. McGinley, and M. O’Halloran, “Anatomically and dielectrically realistic microwave head phantom with circulation and reconfigurable lesions,” Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, Vol. 78, 47-60, 2017. Read More

[5] Y. Li, E. Porter, A. Santorelli, M. Popović, and M. Coates, “Microwave breast cancer detection via cost-sensitive ensemble classifiers: Phantom and patient investigation,” Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, vol. 31, pp. 366-376, January 2017. Read More

[6] E. Porter, H. Bahrami, A. Santorelli, B. Gosselin, L. A. Rusch and M. Popović, “A Wearable Microwave Antenna Array for Time-Domain Breast Tumor Screening,” IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 1501-1509, June 2016. Read More

[7] A. Santorelli, E. Porter, E. Kang, T. Piske, M. Popović and J. D. Schwartz, “A Time-Domain Microwave System for Breast Cancer Detection Using a Flexible Circuit Board,” IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 64, no. 11, pp. 2986-2994, Nov. 2015. Read More

[8] H. Bahrami, E. Porter, A. Santorelli, B. Gosselin, M. Popović and L. A. Rusch, “Flexible 16 Antenna Array for Microwave Breast Cancer Detection,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 62, no. 10, pp. 2516-2525, Oct. 2015. Read More

[9] E. Porter, A. Santorelli, R. Kazemi, and M. Popović, “Microwave time-domain radar: Healthy tissue variations over the menstrual cycle,” IEEE Antennas Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 14, pp. 1310-1313, 2015. Read More

[10] A. Santorelli, E. Porter, E. Kirshin, Y. J. Liu, and M. Popović, “Investigation of Classifiers for Tumor Detection with an Experimental Time-domain Breast Screening System,” Progress In Electromagnetics Research, vol. 144, pp. 45-57, 2014. Read More

[11] E. Porter, A. Santorelli, and M. Popović, “Time-Domain Microwave Radar Applied to Breast Imaging: Measurement Reliability in a Clinical Setting,” Progress in Electromagnetics Research, vol. 149, pp. 119-132, 2014. Read More

[12] A. Santorelli, M. Chudzik, E. Kirshin, E. Porter, A. Lujambio, I. Arnedo, M. Popović, and J. Schwartz, “Experimental Demonstration of Pulse Shaping for Time-Domain Microwave Breast Imaging,” Progress In Electromagnetics Research, vol. 133, pp. 309 – 329, 2013. Read More

[13] E. Porter, E. Kirshin, A. Santorelli, and M. Popović, “Microwave Breast Screening in the Time-Domain: Identification and Compensation of Measurement-Induced Uncertainties,” Progress in Electromagnetics Research B, vol. 55, pp. 115–130, 2013. Read More

[14] E. Porter, E. Kirshin, A. Santorelli, M. Coates, and M. Popović, “Time-Domain Multistatic Radar System for Microwave Breast Screening,” IEEE Antennas Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 229 – 232, 2013. Read More

[15] E. Porter, A. Santorelli, M. Coates, and M. Popović, “Time-domain microwave breast cancer detection: extensive system testing with phantoms,” Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, vol. 12, pp. 131 – 143, 2013. Read More


[1] A. Santorelli, “A compact and low-cost microwave radar prototype for breast health monitoring”, Ph.D. Thesis, Dept. Elec. and Comp. Eng., McGill Univ., Montréal, Canada, 2017.

[2] A. Santorelli, “Breast screening with custom-shaped pulsed microwaves,” M. Eng. Thesis, Dept. Elec. and Comp. Eng., McGill Univ., Montréal, Canada, 2012

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