STAFF
whoweare4
Manuel Murbach

Manuel Murbach

Manuel Murbach

PhD, Project Leader

MRI Safety, RF Exposure Systems

 

Manuel Murbach was born in St.Gallen, Switzerland, in summer 1979.

In late 2004, he received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich (ETH). 

 

After finishing his Master of Advanced Studies in Secondary and Higher Education (MAS SHE, “Höheres Lehramt”) in 2005, he taught at gymnasiums in and around Zurich.

He joined the IT'IS Foundation in February 2007, where he worked towards his PhD degree after his candidacy in 2008. After completion of his PhD thesis in 2013, he inow continues to work as a project leader with a focus on MRI safety and electromagnetic field exposure systems. On MRI safety, his main areas of research cover modeling of realistic exposure scenarios in RF shimming and pTx, including thermal evaluations with human thermoregulation. The development and manufacture of RF and ELF exposure systems fosters innovative research on EMF effects on biological cells and human volunteers.

 

 

PUBLICATION LIST

Peer-reviewed articles

Manser, M., Sater, M., Schmid, C., Noreen, F., Murbach, M., Kuster, N., Schuermann, D. & Schär, P. ELF‑MF Exposure Affects Robustness of Epigenetic Programming during Granulopoiesis. Scientific Reports, 7:43345, 2017
Moorselaar, I.v., Slottje, P., Heller, P., Strien, R.v., Kromhout, H., Murbach, M., Kuster, N., Vermeulen, R. & Huss, A. Effects of personalised exposure on self-rated electromagnetic hypersensitivity and sensibility - A double blind randomised controlled trial. Environment International, 99:255-262, 2017
Huss, A., Murbach, M., Moorselaar, I.v., Kuster, N., Strien, R.v., Kromhout, H., Vermeulen, R. & Slottje, P. Novel Exposure Units for at-Home Personalized Testing of Electromagnetic Sensibility. Bioelectromagnetics, 37(1):62-68, 2016
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Cabot, E., Zastrow, E., Corcoles, J., Kainz, W. & Kuster, N. Virtual Population-Based Assessment of the Impact of 3 Tesla Radiofrequency Shimming and Thermoregulation on Safety and B1+ Uniformity. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 76(3):986-997, 2016
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Samaras, T., Corcoles, J., Robb, F., Kainz, W. & Kuster, N. Pregnant Women Models Analyzed for RF Exposure and Temperature Increase within 3 T RF Shimmed Birdcages. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2016
Lustenberger, C., Murbach, M., Tüshaus, L., Wehrle, F., Kuster, N., Achermann, P. & Huber, R. Inter-Individual and Intra-Individual Variation of the Effects of Pulsed RF EMF Exposure on the Human Sleep EEG. Bioelectromagnetics, 36(3):169-177, 2015
Murbach, M., Zastrow, E., Neufeld, E., Cabot, E., Kainz, W. & Kuster, N. Heating and Safety Concerns of the Radio-Frequency Field in MRI. In Current Radiology ReportsCurrent Radiology Reports, 3(12), Springer, 2015
Neufeld, E., Fütterer, M., Murbach, M. & Kuster, N. Rapid Method for Thermal Dose-Based Safety Supervision during MR Scans. Bioelectromagnetics, 36(5):398-407, 2015
Fedele, G., Edwards, M., Bhutani, S., Hares, J., Murbach, M., Green, E., Dissel, S., Hastings, M., Rosato, E. & Kyriacou, C. Genetic Analysis of Circadian Responses to Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields in Drosophila Melanogaster. PLoS Genetics, 10(12):1-12, 2014
Gong, Y., Murbach, M., Onishi, T., Capstick, M., Nojima, T. & Kuster, N. Dosimetric Assessment of Two-Layer Cell Culture Configurations for Fertility Research at 1950 MHz. IEICE Transactions on Communications, E97-B(3):631-637, 2014
Hässig, M., Wullschleger, M., Naegeli, H., Kupper, J., Spiess, B., Kuster, N., Capstick, M. & Murbach, M. Influence of Non Ionizing Radiation of Base Stations on the Activity of Redox Proteins in Bovines. BMC Veterinary Research, 10(136):1-11, 2014
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Capstick, M., Kainz, W., Brunner, D., Samaras, T., Prüssmann, K. & Kuster, N. Thermal Tissue Damage Model Analyzed for Different Whole-Body SAR and Scan Durations for Standard MR Body Coils. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 71(1):421-431, 2014
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Christopoulou, M., Achermann, P. & Kuster, N. Modeling of EEG Electrode Artifacts and Thermal Ripples in Human Radiofrequency Exposure Studies. Bioelectromagnetics, 35(4):273-283, 2014
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Kainz, W., Prüssmann, K. & Kuster, N. Whole Body and Local RF Absorption in Human Models as a Function of Anatomy and Position within 1.5T MR Body Coil. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 71(2):839-845, 2014
Loughran, S., Benz, D., Schmid, M., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Achermann, P. No Increased Sensitivity in Brain Function of Children Exposed to Mobile Phone-Like Emissions. Clinical Neurophsyiology, 124(7):1303-1308, 2013
Lustenberger, C., Murbach, M., Dürr, R., Schmid, M., Kuster, N., Achermann, P. & Huber, R. Stimulation of the Brain with Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Pulses Affects Sleep-Dependent Performance Improvement. Brain Stimulation, 6(5):805-811, 2013
Waldmann, P., Bohnenberger, S., Greinert, R., Hermann-Then, B., Heselich, A., Klug, S., Koenig, J., Kuhr, K., Kuster, N., Merker, M., Murbach, M., Pollet, D., Schadenboeck, W., Scheidemann-Wesp, U., Schwab, B., Volkmer, B., Weyer, V. & Blettner, M. Influence of GSM Signals on Human Peripheral Lymphocytes: Study of Genotoxicity. Radiation Research, 179(4):243-253, 2013
Xu, S., Chen, G., Chen, C., Sun, C., Zhang, D., Murbach, M., Kuster, N., Zeng, Q. & Xu, Z. Cell Type-Dependent Induction of DNA Damage by 1800 MHz Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields Does Not Result in Significant Cellular Dysfunctions. PLoS ONE, 8(1):1-10, 2013
Murbach, M., Christopoulou, M., Crespo-Valero, P., Achermann, P. & Kuster, N. Exposure System to Study Hypotheses of ELF and RF Electromagnetic Field Interactions of Mobile Phones with the Central Nervous System. Bioelectromagnetics, 33(6):527-533, 2012
Schmid, M., Loughran, S., Regel, S., Murbach, M., Grunauer, A.B., Rusterholz, T., Bersagliere, A., Kuster, N. & Achermann, P. Sleep EEG Alterations: Effects of Different Pulse-Modulated Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields. Journal of Sleep Research, 21(1):50-58, 2012
Schmid, M., Murbach, M., Lustenberger, C., Maire, M., Kuster, N., Achermann, P. & Loughran, S. Sleep EEG Alterations: Effects of Pulsed Magnetic Fields Versus Pulse-Modulated Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields. Journal of Sleep Research, 21(6):620-629, 2012
Murbach, M., Cabot, E., Neufeld, E., Gosselin, M.C., Christ, A., Prüssmann, K. & Kuster, N. Local SAR Enhancements in Anatomically Correct Children and Adult Models as a Function of Position Within 1.5 T MR Body Coil. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 107(3):428-433, 2011
Neufeld, E., Gosselin, M.C., Murbach, M., Christ, A., Cabot, E. & Kuster, N. Analysis of the Local Worst-Case SAR Exposure Caused by an MRI Multi-transmit Body Coil in Anatomical Models of the Human Body. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 56(15):4649-4659, 2011

 

Conference proceedings

Murbach, M., Lloyd, B., Kainz, W. & Kuster, N. Morphing and Posing of Computational Anatomical Models: Enhanced Patient-Specific MRI RF Exposure Prediction. In Proceedings of the 25th International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Honolulu, USA, April 22-27, 2017
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Lloyd, B. & Kuster, N. Numerical Per-Patient MRI RF Exposure Estimation via Morphing. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Ghent, Belgium, June 5-10, 2016
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Lloyd, B. & Kuster, N. Personalized MRI RF Exposure Assessment and Optimization. In Proceedings of the 2016 BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference, Washington, USA, May 23-25, 2016
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Zastrow, E., C\~orcoles, J., Cabot, E., Kainz, W. & Kuster, N. AIMDs Exposed in Multi-Channel Transmit Coils: Worst-Case Assessment of the Total Dissipated Lead-Tip Power. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Ghent, Belgium, June 5-10, 2016
Maake, C., Gyenge, E.B., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Walt, H. Combined Photodynamic Therapy with Microwave based Hyperthermia against Cancer. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology, Zurich and Aarau, Switzerland, June 24-27, 2015, pages 79
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Robb, F. & Kuster, N. Safety Evaluations for Anatomical Pregnant Human Models within Two-Port 3 T MRI Body Coils. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Monterey, June 14-19, 2015, pages 42
Neufeld, E., Murbach, M. & Kuster, N. Local Thermoregulation and Fast Thermal Dose-Based MRI Safety Assessment. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Monterey, June 14-19, 2015, pages 41
Huss, A., Murbach, M., Kuster, N., Strien, R.T.v., Moorselaar, I.v., Kromhout, H., Vermeulen, R. & Slottje, P. Development and Pre-Test of a Novel RF-EMF and ELF-MF Exposure Unit for Experimental Studies. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Cape Town, South Africa, June 08-13, 2014, pages 141
Neufeld, E., Murbach, M., Kyriakou, A., Kainz, W. & Kuster, N. Uncertainty Assessment and Validation of Multi-Physics In Vivo Simulations: Example EM Exposure Induced Heating and Nerve Stimulation. In Proceedings of the the ASME 2014 Verification and Validation Symposium, Las Vegas, USA, May 7-9, 2014
Moeller, A., Peduto, N., Kuster, N., Murbach, M. & Mevissen, M. Effects of RF-EMF on Apoptosis, AIF, P53, PARP-1 in SH-SY5Y and N9 Cells. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Thessaloniki, Greece, June 10-14, 2013
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Fütterer, M. & Kuster, N. Anatomical Human Models in Electrothermal Simulations for MRI Safety Evaluations. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Computational Phantoms for Radiation Protection, Imaging and Radiotherapy, Zurich, Switzerland, May 20-22, 2013, pages 42-43
Neufeld, E., Fütterer, M., Murbach, M. & Kuster, N. Fast Estimation of MR Safety Based on Thermal Dose. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Thessaloniki, Greece, June 10-14, 2013
Schürmann, D., Ziemann, C., Capstick, M., Oertel, A., Barekati, Z., Focke, F., Murbach, M., Kuster, N., Dasenbrock, C. & Schär, P. Investigations of the Genotoxic Potential of Wireless Communication Electromagnetic Fields. In Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Thessaloniki, Greece, June 10-14, 2013
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Prüssmann, K. & Kuster, N. Safe MR Scan Times Based on CEM43 Tissue Damage Thresholds, Using Electromagnetic and Thermal Simulations with Anatomically Correct Human Models and Considering Local Thermoregulation. In Proceedings of the ISMRM 20th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, May 5-11, 2012
Ziemann, C., Oertel, A., Murbach, M., Kuster, N., Schürmann, D. & Dasenbrock, C. No Direct Genotoxic Potential of Different Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields in Human MRC-5 Fibroblast Cells. In Proceedings of the Gesellschaft für Umwelt - Mutationsforschung e.V. -Tagung 2012, Mainz, Germany, February 28 - March 2, 2012
Gosselin, M.C., Neufeld, E., Murbach, M., Christ, A., Cabot, E. & Kuster, N. Analysis of the SAR Enhancement from a Multitransmit Coil. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association, Rome, Italy, February 21-24, 2011
Loughran, S., Benz, D., Schmid, M., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Achermann, P. Effects Of Pulse-Modulated RF EMF On The Human Brain: Sensitivity In Early Adolescence. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Halifax, Canada, June 12-17, 2011
Murbach, M., Neufeld, E., Gosselin, M.C., Christ, A., Cabot, E. & Kuster, N. Temperautre, Incident Field and B1+ Comparison in MR Simulation and Measurement, Using a Detailed Anatomical Model. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association, Rome, Italy, February 21-24, 2011
Neufeld, E., Gosselin, M.C., Murbach, M., Christ, A., Cabot, E., Chavannes, N. & Kuster, N. Analysis of the SAR Enhancement from a Multitransmit Coil. In Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, Spokane, USA, July 3-9, 2011
Schmid, M., Loughran, S., Murbach, M., Lustenberger, C., Kuster, N. & Achermann, P. Effects Of Pulse-Modulated RF EMF Versus Pulsed Magnetic Fields On The Human Sleep EEG. In PProceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Halifax, Canada, June 12-17, 2011
Christ, A., Bühlmann, B., Zefferer, M., Murbach, M. & Kuster, N. Current Density and SAR Induced in the Fetus under Controlled Exposure Conditions. In Proceedings and Programme of the EMF Bordeaux Event (EBEA, COST and URSI 2010), Bordeaux, France, May 26-28, 2010
Gosselin, M.C., Murbach, M., Kühn, S. & Kuster, N. Multi Band Mobile Phone Power Control in Real Environments. In Proceedings and Programme of the EMF Bordeaux Event (EBEA, COST and URSI 2010), Bordeaux, France, May 26-28, 2010, pages 53-54
Gosselin, M.C., Zefferer, M., Crespo-Valero, P., Christ, A., Murbach, M., Kühn, S. & Kuster, N. Novel Estimation Procedure to Estimate Brain Specific SAR in Anatomical Heads from Compliance Measurements in SAM. In Proceedings and Programme of the EMF Bordeaux Event (EBEA, COST and URSI 2010), Bordeaux, France, May 26-28, 2010
Guionaud, C., Alaeddine, F., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Mevissen, M. Effects of RF-EMF on Stress Response and Alternative Splicing in Rat and Human Cell Lines. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Seoul, Korea, June 14-18, 2010
Kyriakou, A., Christ, A., Neufeld, E., Murbach, M., Cabot, E., Kühn, S., Douglas, M. & Kuster, N. Risk Assessment of Tissue Heating for Wearers of Medical Implants Exposed to Electromagnetic Fields. In Proceedings and Programme of the EMF Bordeaux Event (EBEA, COST and URSI 2010), Bordeaux, France, May 26-28, 2010
Loughran, S., Schmid, M., Regel, S., Bratic, A., Maire, M., Bersagliere, A., Rusterholtz, T., Dürr, R., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Achermann, P. Effects of Pulse-modulated RF-EMF on the Human Brain: Site of Interaction. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Seoul, Korea, June 14-18, 2010
Schmid, M., Bratic, A., Loughran, S., Regel, S., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Achermann, P. Effects of Pulse-Modulated Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields on the Human Brain: Critical Field Parameters. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Seoul, Korea, June 14-18, 2010
Alaeddine, F., Guionaud, C., Kuster, N., Murbach, M. & Mevissen, M. RF-EMF and Stress Response: Effect of RF-EMF on Alternative Splicing of Acetylcholinestrase. In Proceedings of Satellite Symposium BioEM 2009 Davos, NRP 57 Non-Ionising Radiation - Health and Environment, Davos, Switzerland, June 14, 2009
Alaeddine, F., Guionaud, C., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Mevissen, M. RF-EMF and Stress Response: Effect of RF-EMF on Alternative Splicing of Acetylcholinesterase. In Abstract Collection of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, Davos, Switzerland, June 14-19, 2009
Loughran, S., Schmid, M., Regel, S., Bratic, A., Murbach, M., Kuster, N. & Achermann, P. Effects of Pulse-Modulated RF-EMF on the Human Brain: Critical Field Parameters, Site of Interaction and Sensitivity in Early Adolescence. In Proceedings of Satellite Symposium BioEM 2009 Davos, NRP 57 Non-Ionising Radiation - Health and Environment, Davos, Switzerland, June 14, 2009
Murbach, M., Christopoulou, M., Christ, A., Crespo-Valero, P., Zefferer, M., Kühn, S., Achermann, P. & Kuster, N. System to Study CNS Responses of ELF Modulation and Cortex Versus Subcortical RF Exposures. In Abstract Collection of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, Davos, Switzerland, June 14-19, 2009
Murbach, M., Kühn, S., Christopoulou, M., Christ, A., Achermann, P. & Kuster, N. Evaluation of Artifacts by EEG Electrodes During RF Exposures. In Abstract Collection of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, Davos, Switzerland, June 14-19, 2009
Murbach, M., Mevissen, M. & Kuster, N. Dosimetric Assessment of C. elegans Exposure In Vivo to 900 MHz Electromagnetic Fields. In Abstract Collection of the Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, Davos, Switzerland, June 14-19, 2009
Christ, A., Gosselin, M.C., Murbach, M., Ryf, S., Christopoulou, M., Neufeld, E., Gabriel, C., Peyman, A. & Kuster, N. Age Dependent Changes in SAR and Temperature Distribution Induced in the User's Head by Cellular Phones. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, San Diego, USA, June 7-13, 2008, pages 131-132
Christopoulou, M., Murbach, M., Christ, A., Crespo-Valero, P., Zefferer, M., Kühn, S., Achermann, P. & Kuster, N. Exposure Systems for Testing Hypotheses of Site and Mechanism of Interaction in the Human Brain. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, San Diego, USA, June 7-13, 2008, pages 240-241
Gosselin, M.C., Christ, A., Murbach, M., Ryf, S., Kühn, S., Christopoulou, M., Neufeld, E., Gabriel, C., Peyman, A. & Kuster, N. Influences of Age Dependent Tissue Parameters and Anatomical Structures on SAR and Temperature Increase in the Heads of Cellular Phone Users. In Proceedings of the 29th General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science, Chicago, USA, August 7-16, 2008
Kuster, N., Murbach, M., Christopoulou, M., Kühn, S. & Christ, A. Experimental Outcome of Human Provocation Studies Depend on the Design Specifics of the Exposure Setup. In Proceedings of the 29th General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science, Chicago, USA, August 7-16, 2008