Lab Members

Yuhua Bill Chen

Graduate Student Email: yuhua.chen@cshs.org

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Yuhua (Bill) Chen received his bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Northeastern University in China. Then he finished his dual-degree master study in bio/biomedical engineering and computer & technology information at Univeristy of Pennsylvania in 2016. He is currently a PhD student at UCLA majoring in bioengineering, focus on biomedical imaging and signal processing. His current research includes developing advanced imaging techniques for cardiovascular MRI.

Anthony G. Christodoulou, PhD

Project Scientist Email: anthony.christodoulou@cshs.org

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Anthony G. Christodoulou, PhD, earned his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 before joining Cedars-Sinai as a Research Fellow in the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute and the Heart Institute. Dr. Christodoulou's primary research interests are in developing fast, high-dimensional cardiovascular MRI methods featuring novel pulse sequences and advanced image reconstruction techniques.

Zixin Deng

Graduate Student Email: zixin.deng@cshs.org

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Zixin Deng received her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, with specialization in biophotonics. She is currently a doctoral student at the UCLA, studying bioengineering/biomedical signals and image processing. Her current research interest is in the development of novel MRI techniques. She has been working specifically in applications such as cardiovascular disease and radiotherapy planning for abdominal cancer.

Li Li

Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist Email: li.li@cshs.org

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Li Li, MMed, obtained her immunology master degree and medical degree at the Capital Medical University in China. To further extend her interests in both immunology and imaging research, she is currently a visiting scientist in the lab. Her research interests focus on the use of novel imaging technology in the woman cancer disease.

Sen Frank Ma

Graduate Student Email: sen.ma@cshs.org

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Sen Ma received his bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering at Tsinghua University and received his master of science degree in electrical engineering at UCLA. He is currently a PhD student at UCLA majoring in bioengineering with the subfield of biomedical imaging and signal processing. His current research includes developing advanced image reconstruction methods for cardiovascular MRI.

Christopher Nguyen, PhD

Project Scientist Email: christopher.nguyen@cshs.org

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Christopher Nguyen, PhD, received his bachelor of science in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on applying diffusion MRI in the brain. He went on to obtain his master’s degree and doctorate in biomedical engineering from UCLA, developing clinically translatable diffusion MRI techniques to image the heart and abdomen. He completed his postdoctoral training in 2016 at Cedar-Sinai under the mentorship of Debiao Li, PhD.

Nguyen's research focuses on developing novel in vivo diffusion MRI techniques in the heart to interrogate the myocardial fiber architecture by characterizing the tissue microstructure. He is applying this technique to evaluate stem cell therapy, as well as risk stratify heart failure patients working alongside Cedars-Sinai cardiologists, Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, and Jon Kobashigawa, MD. Nguyen also focuses on translating his novel cardiac diffusion MRI techniques to other parts of the body such as the prostate to provide novel cancer imaging approaches. In collaboration with the Cedars-Sinai urologist, Hyung Kim, MD, Nguyen has developed a high-resolution diffusion MRI technique that targets early detection of prostate cancer in active surveillance patients.

Jaime Shaw

Graduate Student Email: jaime.shaw@cshs.org

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Jaime Shaw received her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Boston University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in bioengineering at UCLA, conducting research under Debiao Li, PhD. Shaw's current research in cardiovascular MRI focuses on tissue characterization through T1 mapping. The goal of her research is to improve current methods for myocardial tissue characterization with 3D, whole-heart T1 mapping without the use of breath-holds or ECG gating. In her free time Jaime is an avid reader, hiker, and baker, and enjoys playing with her dog Buddha.

Feng Shi, PhD

Project Scientist Email: feng.shi@cshs.org

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Feng Shi, PhD, has more than ten years of experience in developing machine learning algorithms for MR image analysis applications. His current research focuses on the identification of structural and functional abnormalities in neurodegenerative diseases, longitudinal tractography in early brain developments, as well as the quantification of myocardial perfusion using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). He also has the experience of developing brain connectome analysis methods, and successfully applied to the study of high genetic risk neonates and autistic children. He has developed various well-known image enhancement, segmentation, registration, and classification software (LABEL, iBEAT, and aBEAT) for brain image analysis, cardiac motion estimation, and computer-aided diagnosis. These experiences are significant for the image analysis work proposed in the project.

Shuzhen Tian, MS

Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist Email: shuzhen.tian@cshs.org

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Shuzhen Tian, MS, received her master's degree of tumor surgery. Her main research direction is gynecological tumor radiotherapy.

Guan Wang

Guan Wang, MD

Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist Email: guan.wang@cshs.org

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Guan Wang, MD, earned his master's degree in medical imaging and nuclear medicine from China Medical University in July 2013. Wang is currently a PhD candidate in China Medical University with research interests in coronary artery imaging, both CT and MR.

Nan Wang

Graduate Student Email: nan.wang@cshs.org

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Nan Wang received her bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at Peking University in 2015. She is currently a PhD student in the Bioengineering Department at UCLA. Her current research interest is in carotid magnetic resonance imaging.

Yibin Xie, PhD

Project Scientist Email: yibin.xie@cshs.org

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Yibin Xie, PhD, received his bachelor's degree from Zhejiang University, master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and doctorate from the UCLA, all in biomedical engineering. Xie is currently a project scientist at Cedars-Sinai with research interests in vessel wall imaging, coronary artery imaging and diffusion weighted imaging. His current research in the Li Laboratory includes vascular imaging and hyperpolarized MRI.

Fan Zhang, PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist Email: fan.zhang@cshs.org

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Fan Zhang, MD, PhD, earned his doctorate in medical imaging and nuclear medicine from Southern Medical University in renal BOLD and ASL MRI in July 2009. In 2012, he started working in the department of radiology at the Chinese PLA General Hospital. His current research interests include coronary MRI and carotid plaque risk evaluation.

Zhengwei Jenny Zhou

Graduate Student Email: zhengwei.zhou@cshs.org

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Zhengwei Jenny Zhou completed her undergraduate at Tsinghua University with a bachelor's of engineering in biomedical engineering. She mainly focuses on fast MRI imaging. Zhou is currently a doctoral student in the bioengineering program at the UCLA.