Lab Members

Zhaoyang Fan, PhD

Zhaoyang Fan, PhD

Assistant Professor Email: zhaoyang.fan@cshs.org

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Zhaoyang Fan, PhD, received his BS in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University, his MS in Medical Physics from McMaster University and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. His dissertation was focused on technological developments in non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of peripheral artery lumen and wall, under the direction of Debiao Li, PhD. His current research interest is in using MRI to investigate atherosclerotic plaques in major arterial vessels such as coronary and carotid arteries. Fan also serves as Technical Director of the 3-Tesla MRI system in the Research Imaging Core.

Behzad Sharif, PhD

Assistant Professor; Faculty Research Scientist Email: behzad.sharif@cshs.org

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Behzad Sharif, PhD, received his doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research involves developing MRI-based biomarkers that accurately characterize myocardial blood flow abnormalities and applying them in diagnostic/mechanistic studies of ischemic heart disease with a focus on coronary microvascular/endothelial dysfunction. For more information, please refer to Sharif's bio webpage in the Cedars-Sinai investigator directory.

David Chen

Graduate Student Email: david.chen@cshs.org

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David Chen graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. He is currently a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering program at Northwestern University, and joined the Li Laboratory in 2009 because of the unique challenges posed by, and the potential application of Cardiac MRI. His current research interests lies in quantifying myocardial blood flow using MR perfusion imaging.

Zixin Deng

Graduate Student Email: zixin.deng@cshs.org

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Zixin Deng received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in Biophotonics. She is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles studying Bioengineering / Biomedical signals and image processing subfield. Her current research interest is in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Christopher Nguyen, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: christopher.nguyen@cshs.org

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Christopher Nguyen, PhD, completed his undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor of science in Bioengineering, focusing on applying diffusion MRI in the brain. He continued research as a staff research associate at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging before pursuing his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at UCLA. After receiving his doctorate in 2015, Nguyen joined Cedars-Sinai as a postdoctoral scientist under the mentorship of Debiao Li, MD. In 2016, Nguyen stayed on as project scientist.

Nguyen's current research focuses on using diffusion MRI to study the myocardial microenvironment of the heart in various cardiovascular diseases including but not limited to heart failure, myocardial ischemia, and myocardial edema. He also translates these techniques to improve body cancer and brain diffusion MRI.

Jianing Pang

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: jianing.pang@cshs.org

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Jianing Pang received his bachelor of science in Physics from Peking University and subsequently joined the Li Laboratory while pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. His current effort is to develop a high resolution, fast and robust coronary magnetic resonance imaging technique that is also user-friendly and clinically feasible. After receiving his PhD in September 2014, Pang joined Debiao Li's laboratory as a postdoctoral scientist.

Jaime Shaw

Graduate Student Email: jaime.shaw@cshs.org

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Jaime Shaw received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. After taking a year off to teach children basic reading skills with AmeriCorps, she worked as a Research Assistant with the Cardiac MR Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Shaw is currently a PhD student in Bioengineering at UCLA and her research interests include cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging.

Yibin Xie, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: yibin.xie@cshs.org

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Yibin Xie PhD received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2008 and then completed his Master's of Science in the Biomedical Engineering program at Johns Hopkins University in 2010, where he developed methods for imaging stem cells using MRI. He completed his PhD research on vascular MRI at UCLA under the mentorship of Debiao Li PhD before joining Cedars-Sinai as a Postdoctoral Scientist in 2015. Currently Dr Xie is a Project Scientist at the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute.

Dr Xie's current research focuses on coronary plaque MRI. The goal of his research is the development and validation of non-invasive MRI techniques to characterize coronary plaques for guiding diagnosis and therapeutic planning of coronary artery diseases (CAD), a leading cause of death in the world. Major technical developments include CATCH, a motion-corrected, highly accelerated MR technique for the detection of intra-plaque hemorrhage and vessel wall inflammation.

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, where she mainly focuses on fast MRI imaging. She is currently a PhD student in the Bioengineering program at UCLA.

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